I requested a copy of “50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology” by Gregg R. Allison from Baker Books’ BakerBookBloggers program so I could check it out for a review. I really appreciate how the author approached this complex subject as he puts it in a very easy to follow format. This book is a very good explanation of the different core doctrines in the Christian faith. Allison compiled these very deep topics in a concise and systematic format. There is a lot to read in here, but each doctrine individually is easy to read and follow and Allison provides some very practical things for the reader to help understand the doctrine and also were common errors may lie for some people concerning each doctrine.
I would recommend this book if you are interested in understanding the main doctrines of the Christian faith and also have a desire to teach others about them.
I would give this book a 8.9 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5 star rating.
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If you are looking for a book that gives you a primer on core doctrine of the Christian faith, this book would be a good one to take a look at. With that said, I feel that this book is written more for a person that is not a complete newbie to the faith as it does dive into some deep theological concepts. With the part of this book that covers the “teaching the doctrine” for each of these fifty doctrines, I feel that there is a leaning toward someone who is in a teaching or leadership role, which is exactly one of the goals of the author, Gregg R. Allison.
From a reading format perspective, I really appreciate how this book is set up. Each of the fifty doctrines follow the same format where we read a Summary of the doctrine, then the Main Themes of the doctrine, Key Scriptures. Then it follows with Understanding the Doctrine with Major Affirmations and Biblical Support. It then gives Major Errors that sometimes are seen within the specific doctrine, then Enacting and Teaching the Doctrine with a nice Teaching Outline and resources. It may sound like a lot, but actually the way it is laid out makes it flow very nicely.
This is not a book that you read like a novel by any means. There is a lot of meat in this book and in my opinion, it might be better to go through it one doctrine at a time to study it. Or, if you are wanting to teach doctrine, the teaching and outline portion are an invaluable tool for you to use.
The level of detail that the book goes into is very good for sort of quick reference guide if you want to look something up for teaching doctrine. Plus the resources that are provided at the end of each doctrine chapter are an excellent way to dive even deeper into that specific doctrine if you wish.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Christian Theology
Author: Gregg R. Allison
Publisher: Baker Books (Baker Publishing Group) #BakerBooksBloggers @ReadBakerBooks.
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0801019128
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com. They have it for $18.99– suggested retail from the publisher is $29.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
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|50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith
By Gregg R. Allison / Baker BooksChristian doctrine must be confessed by the church, taught from generation to generation, and applied to daily life. In this volume theologian Gregg Allison unpacks fifty key doctrines of the Christian faith in a clear, engaging way and provides guidance for how to accurately teach them. He also explains how each doctrine connects to daily life, because he believes that Christian doctrine is not only true belief but also true practice.This is an indispensable resource for anyone who desires to form believers in sound doctrine and transform lives for the glory of God.
•Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Goal of Book:
The author’s goal is to not only have a book that explains doctrine, but also a book that explains how to teach specific doctrines. I feel that with the way this is written and designed, this book does exactly that.
My Favorite Part:
I really appreciate the teaching tools that are in here, but also the fact that the author put in a list of major errors (not exhaustive of course) that some people/groups believe in, to help readers of this book in their teaching of proper doctrine.
If you are someone who might be interested in teaching doctrine, then this book would be highly recommended. If you are someone who just wants to have a better understanding of doctrine, you still would get a lot out of this, but the two teaching sections may not apply directly to you..
Introduction to Christian Doctrine
Part 1: Doctrine of the Word of God
1 – The Inspiration of Scripture
2 – The Truthfulness (Inerrancy) of Scripture
3 – The Authority of Scripture
4 – The Sufficiency and Necessity of Scripture
5 – The Clarity of Scripture
6 – The Transformative Power of Scripture
7 – The Canonicity of Scripture
Part 2: Doctrine of God
8 – The Knowability and Incomprehensibility of God
9 – The Incommunicable Attributes of God
10 – The Communicable Attributes of God
11 – The Trinity
12 – Creation
13 – Providence
Part 3: Doctrine of God’s Creatures
14 – Angels, Satan, and Demons
15 – Human Beings in the Image of God
16 – Human Nature
17 – Sin
Part 4: Doctrine of God the Son
18 – The Person of the Son of God
19 – The Offices of the Son of God
20 – The Work of the Son of God
21 – Resurrection, Ascension, and Exaltation
Part 5: Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit
22 – The Person of the Holy Spirit
23 – The Work of the Holy Spirit
24 – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Part 6: Doctrine of Salvation
25 – Common Grace
26 – Election and Reprobation
27 – Union with Christ
28 – Regeneration
29 – Conversion
30 – Justification
31 – Adoption
32 – Baptism with the Holy Spirit
33 – Sanctification
34 – Perseverance (with Assurance of Salvation)
Part 7: Doctrine of the Church
35 – The Church: Nature and Marks
36 – Purity and Unity of the Church
37 – Church Discipline
38 – Church Offices
39 – Church Government
40 – Baptism
41 – The Lord’s Supper
42 – Worship
43 – Mission and Ministry
Part 8: Doctrine of Future Things
44 – Death and the Intermediate State
45 – The Return of Jesus Christ
46 – The Millennium
47 – The Resurrection
48 – The Final Judgment
49 – Eternal Punishment
50 – The New Heaven and New Earth
For Further Reading
About the Publisher:
From the Publisher’s website: Baker Books has a vision for building up the body of Christ through books that are relevant, intelligent, and engaging. We publish titles for lay Christians on topics such as discipleship, apologetics, spirituality, relationships, marriage, parenting, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. We also publish books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, biblical reference, and leadership.
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