Wayne Grudem

Wayne Grudem is a New Testament scholar turned theologian, author, and Research Professor of Bible and Theology at Phoenix Seminary, Arizona. He earned a BA from Harvard University, an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. In 2001 Grudem moved to Phoenix Seminary after having taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for more than twenty years where he was also the chairman of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology.

Grudem served on the committee overseeing the English Standard Version translation, and in 1999 he was the president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He is the author of Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, which, in summary, advocates a Calvinistic soteriology, the verbal plenary inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible, the body-soul dichotomy in the nature of man, elder-oriented baptist congregationalism, a third-wave charismatic view of spiritual gifts, the complementarian view of gender equality, a post-tribulation premillennialist view of the end times, and leans strongly towards an old earth (long days of creation) view of the creation account.


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Defining systematic theology

Wayne Grudem defines systematic theology as "any study that answers the question, 'What does the whole Bible teach us today?' about any given topic." [1] In summary, then, systematic theology involves,

  1. "find all the relevant verses" by using a "good concordance"
  2. "read, make notes on, and try and summarize the points made in the relevant verses"
  3. "the relevant verses should be summarized into one or more points that the Bible affirms about the subject" [2]

While some may find Grudem's definition to be over-simplistic, his motivation is to provide a model that makes it "possible for any Christian who can read his or her Bible [to] look up the words in a concordance" and thus learn to do systematic theology at a basic level.[3]


Understanding the Bible

  • "I am surprised, and thankful to God for the way the book (Systematic Theology) seems to continue to be a blessing to people – and not just to pastors and seminary students, but lots of other Christians from all walks of life. As you know, I believe that God intended His Word to be understood, not just by specialists, but also by ordinary Christians." [4]

Women in ministry

  • "I don’t think a pastor can give a woman “permission” to do Bible teaching before the church, because the Bible says not to do that. Would we say a pastor, or a board of elders, could give a woman “permission” to violate the command, “You should not steal”, or to violate any other command of Scripture? No pastor or elder board has authority to give permission to anyone to disobey the Bible. It's God's Word and we need to obey it." [5]

Church structure and authority

  • ". . . it is always wise to have a governing structure where the highest governing offices in the church and the highest positions of influence are open to lay people as well as ordained people. The denominations where only clergy have the highest of authority seem to be the ones that are never able to be brought back once they drift into liberalism because the ordinary lay people who have common sense and are reading their Bibles every day don't have any way to regain control of a denomination that has gone astray if it has that kind of structure." [6]


  • Countering the Claims of Evangelical Feminism: Biblical Reponses to the Key Questions (Multnomah, 2006)
  • Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism? (Crossway, 2006)
  • Why Is My Choice of a Bible Translation So Important?, w/ Jerry Thacker (The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, 2005)
  • Christian Beliefs : Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know (Zondervan, 2005)
  • Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth : An Analysis of More Than 100 Disputed Questions (Multnomah, 2004)
  • Business for the Glory of God: The Bible's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business (Crossway, 2003)
  • The Gift of Prophecy in 1 Corinthians (Wipf & Stock, 2000)
  • The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today (Crossway, 2000)
  • Bible Doctrine (Zondervan, 1999)
  • Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 1995; revised ed. 2007) [7]
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, w/ John Piper, (Crossway, 1991)
  • The First Epistle Of Peter: An Introduction and Commentary, Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (Eerdmans, 1988)


  1. Systematic Theology, 21.
  2. Systematic Theology, 36.
  3. Systematic Theology, 37.
  7. The main revision was to Grudem's section on baptism. For an explanation of this see Justin Taylor's post which includes the revised text. See John Piper's response, and Grudem's response to Piper .

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