Know the truth: Handbook of Christian Belief Hardcover – 20 Nov 1998
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"It is a privilege to commend so sensible, clear and fruitful an overview of basic Christian belief." -- J. I. Packer
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In this concise handbook Bruce Milne summarizes what the Bible teaches in the major areas of Christian doctrine: the Bible, God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church and the last things. He explains the historical understanding and development of these truths from the early church to the present, highlighting denominational and theological differences where appropriate.See all Product description
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Milne divides this work into seven parts, usually of four or five chapters each:
Part 1: The final authority of matters of faith
Part 2: The doctrine of God
Part 3: Humankind and sin
Part 4: The person and work of Christ
Part 5: The person and work of the Holy Spirit
Part 6: The church
Part 7: The last things
After Milne introduces the themes in each part he spends a maximum of four chapters exploring and expounding them. Each part then ends with a few pages of `Application' were he seeks to apply his understandings to real life. As the next reviewer down notes, each part also contains a reference page of: `Scriptures', `Questions' and a concise `Bibliography'.
The subtitle, `Handbook of Christian Belief', emphasises that this is a biblical theology book. Milne explores the interesting (and often thorny) Christian doctrines (which combine to make `a theology') making frequent and extensive use of biblical quotes. Over all, his writing style is comfortable and clear, even when the topics are confusing or challenging.
This work is comparatively short for a theological text book, which encourages clarity of expression, but the cost is avoidance of any extended reference to theology and theologians in history: this means many of Milne's arguments avoid exploring opposing views at any length. He certainly does not just gloss-over other views, but sometimes his treatment of them seems overly brief. Sometimes he also emphasises his own biblical interpretations without noting that they may be strongly contested elsewhere (such are the space restrictions).
As a very conservative, evangelical exposition of Christian biblical theology, this is an excellent work - and very cheap too. My second edition is well laid out with a large, bold type-face, and Milne's writing style is generally easy to read. While it is shorter than other theology books, it's more than just a brief introduction. If you've never read a theology book, or if you're short of cash and need another one, this represents excellent quality and value. Recommended.
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