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The Christian Faith: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine [Paperback]

Colin Gunton

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21 Sep 2001
This book offers a comprehensive and lively look at the Christian faith by internationally–respected theologian, Colin Gunton. Distilling a lifetime′s experience of teaching and thought, this is a book for those who wish to understand the meaning and relevance of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. The order of the book follows the central themes of the Nicene Creed, the manifesto of the Christian faith. Beginning with consideration of creation and providence, it moves on to the person and work of Christ, and then to the human appropriation of belief and eschatology. A concluding chapter brings together, in a treatment of the Trinity, a discussion of the divine attributes and the doctrine of God that has been revealed in the process of the book′s argument. No other book offers such a comprehensive, systematic and accessible overview of the Christian faith. It will prove invaluable to students of introductory theology, as well as anyone interested in the fundamental claims of Christianity.

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"Colin Gunton′s fine exposition of the central Christian doctrines follows a traditional trinitarian and credal sequence. It provides an orientation which is Scriptural and classical yet also positioned within modern debate. The fruit of many years teaching and writing, this text promises to be widely used and appreciated by students of theology today" David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh "Here is a dogmatics in outline from a contemporary master of the discipline. Trinitarian in shape, biblical in its vision of the Christian gospel, catholic in scope, this is a lively, engaging and provocative exposition of Christian teaching which will delight learners and teachers alike.′ John Webster, University of Oxford " The Christian Faith is not only a catechetical resource, ideal for the classroom, but it is also his "dogmatics in outline", a tentative plan for his long awaited magnum opus. I commend this book to every teacher, and every student." Reviews in Religion and Theology "This is a deeply impressive summation of prolonged work in doctrinal (systematic) theology." Times Literary Supplement "Colin Gunton...here summarizes a lifetime of theological reflection in an introductory survey of Christian beliefs...The virtues are significant: a command of the history of theology that enables Gunton to draw as needed on the insights of the early church, the Reformers, and Barth in particular; writing that is always clear and often elegant; and common sense that avoids fads and extremes." The IRT Bulletin "...provides a systematic and accessible overview" Journal of Contemporary Religion "Laypersons, students, pastors, and theologians alike will find this volume an expansive, insightful, and inspiring guide to the deep themes of Christian faith, remarkably integrated into a coherent and winsome theological vision." The Princeton Seminary Bulletin "Gunton pulls together an elegant and powerful systematic account of the Christian faith which is dominated at both a macro and micro level by the Trinity and a rich feast it is too." Richard Briggs, St John′s College, Durham

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This book offers a comprehensive and lively look at the Christian faith by internationally–respected theologian, Colin Gunton. Distilling a lifetime′s experience of teaching and thought, this is a book for those who wish to understand the meaning and relevance of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. The order of the book follows the central themes of the Nicene Creed, the manifesto of the Christian faith. Beginning with consideration of creation and providence, it moves on to the person and work of Christ, and then to the human appropriation of belief and eschatology. A concluding chapter brings together, in a treatment of the Trinity, a discussion of the divine attributes and the doctrine of God that has been revealed in the process of the book′s argument. No other book offers such a comprehensive, systematic and accessible overview of the Christian faith. It will prove invaluable to students of introductory theology, as well as anyone interested in the fundamental claims of Christianity.

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4.0 out of 5 stars hope not a library book 9 Jan 2014
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the book was listed as an ex library book but it didn't have any 'withdrawn' stickers and still has all library markings, stickers and numbers, hope someone isn't selling library books!
actually turned out I bought the wrong book
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! 17 Dec 2012
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Worked out Well! They did a great job and I got the item on time and it was as i hoped it was.
4.0 out of 5 stars Theology: an Overview and in Context 7 Dec 2012
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Colin Gunton's "The Christian Faith" is exactly what it says it is - an introduction to Christian doctrine. But it is also a corrective. In as such as Friedrich Schleiermacher stood over the shoulder of Karl Barth, Barth stands behind Gunton. And Gunton fundamentally views his theological enterprise as advancing Barth's "Church Dogmatics," hence offering an outline that expands the Doctrine of Creation, reinforces a christocentric theology, and introducing a pneumatology that is often overlooked within academic, Christian confession. In other words, Gunton intended on challenging Barth's Doctrine of Creation and incorporating the Holy Spirit in such a way that would have been unique in Trinitarian discourse. Sadly, Gunton was never able to write such a work. But in the end, Gunton's commitment to the Triune God trumps all other theological allegiances, making his work truly a confession of Christian faith.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An okay systematic overview 8 July 2005
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Though this book is a pretty good systematic theology overview revolving around the theme of the Trinity it is difficult at times to read. Though classical in its positioning, Gunton provides a very moderate evangelical perspective on standard systematic theology topics. Many will complain that Gunton likes to tread the middle path than landing his two feet on either side of the road. In fact, a conservative evangelical will consider Gunton "soft," while a liberal theologian will consider his views outdated. Despite this, the book is still useful for seminary students or ministers who need a quick reference on the standard topics of systematic theology.
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