A number of bloggers have been mentioning that Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology is online for free. I felt it was a bit suspicious, however, because of the web address that was being shared—it contained only numbers, i.e. in this type of format—22.214.171.124. That is generally not a good sign in a web address. I have deliberately NOT linked to that new site for the following reason:
I have made some inquiries with IVP, the UK publisher, and their initial response is that they are a bit concerned by this development and are looking into it. It is still possible that the site is legitimate and that permission was obtained by someone else within IVP and/or from Zondervan, the USA publisher. This is looking increasingly unlikely, however.
I am sure the rights and wrongs of this will emerge clearly with a bit more time. In the meantime, Christian integrity, not to mention the law of copyright, would require anyone who has innocently visited the site to desist from doing so again, and other bloggers to remove their links which, again, I am sure were innocently posted. If someone who becomes aware of this message has indeed made this file available in such a way without the publisher’s permission, they ought to remove it immediately.