Guide to the Christian Faith: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Guide to the Christian Faith: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Guide to the Christian Faith: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Guide to the Christian Faith: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Excerpt

This book is intended to help fill a gap. In the opinion of many clergy and laymen there is a wide gap between "theological books" and "popular religious books." Theologians tend to write for other theologians with the result that very scholarly and profound manuscripts are understood by only a few other learned men. The wisdom of the giants, therefore, is lost to the vast majority of people. On the other hand, the "popular religious books" are often merely selfhelp "potboilers," warmed-over sermons of optimistic encouragement, or thumbnail comments on the passing scene. Both types of books have their place and their value. But meanwhile, in an age of conflicting faiths--religious and secular--a vast number of people would like "to know what Christianity is all about." Some search diligently for the knowledge but are rebuffed by the scant information which is both available and readable. What seems to be needed is "middle-ground" information about the Christian faith. While the author hopes to provide a worthy contribution to the present need, he wishes to make it clear that he lays no claim to providing the complete, final, and authoritative filler. His hope is that this book may offer some guidance, some clue as to the meaning of the Christian doctrines.

The plan of the book is to describe what the doctrines are, what they mean, and why they make sense to Christians. Thus, some attempt is made to show why Christians believe what they do, why there does seem to be some "proof" of the validity of the historic doctrines, and why these doctrines can be so relevant and powerful in one's life. This is a large order and again the limitations of both the book and the author must be stressed. The book is only an introduction . . .

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