The Protestant Faith

The Protestant Faith

The Protestant Faith

The Protestant Faith


This new edition of a standard text describes lucidly and comprehensively the "classical Protestant faith" with the help of illustrations drawn from contemporary life. It does not assume previous knowledge yet does not avoid the more complex issues in Christian theology, such as the theories of the atonement or the doctrine of the trinity.

In eight chapters the author explains, against many current misunderstandings, what Christians mean by faith. He describes the nature of revelation and the God who has revealed himself -- and what this means for an understanding of the world and the human condition in this world. This is followed by an explanation of the doctrine of Christ, his humanity and divinity, and his work on behalf of the human race.

Professor Forell concludes with an explanation of the work of the Holy Spirit through the church by means of word and sacrament and details the Christian hope for the coming kingdom of God. The Protestant Faith has a valuable appendix which makes available the universal Christian creeds and confessional statements, and adds to its appeal as a text and reference manual.


For some years it was my privilege to teach a course on the Protestant faith in one of our state universities. My students came from the most diverse backgrounds. Every shade of belief and unbelief was represented. But one characteristic was shared by almost all of them: they knew very little about the Protestant faith. The effort to explain to them the common faith of this great Christian tradition eventually produced this book. While assuming very little previous knowledge, it tries to cover the basic teachings of the mainstream of Protestantism. The emphasis is upon the great central Christian assertions and upon the essential unity of classical Protestantism. The apparent diversity of the multitude of denominations should not blind us to the common witness of Protestant Christianity. Denominational differences are real, and some are very important; yet it is apparent that the vital theological discussions of the day are not carried on along denominadonal lines. Today as in the past, classical Protestantism has found eloquent spokesmen in many of its different branches. That I am indebted to them all, the informed reader will easily perceive. The writing of this book is an effort to express my gratitude to all the Christian thinkers here and abroad whose work has made classical Protestantism a live option for modern America.

1960 G. W. F.

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