- "A detailed guidebook examines modern Christian faith and practice."
- "Christians should find a gold mine of useful information and synthesis ..."
- "A spirited and comprehensive overview of the scriptural foundations of Christianity."
- "The entire gamut of Christian subjects is covered in satisfying detail ..."
Christianity Made Simple is a unique nonfiction book that appeals to a wide audience - from those seeking the truth about religion to Christians who desire to better understand aspects of their faith from biblical, cultural, and historical contexts. To gain the insights provided would typically require a reader to invest in and read a vast array of books.
The layout of this book simplifies learning and comprehension, allowing the reader to achieve an incredible sense of confidence regarding a wide array of subjects. The knowledge-tests provided reinforce retention. The extensive use of lists promotes quick reference. The depth and breadth of the topics covered provides a thorough foundation. The widespread quoting of relevant Bible verses and references lends credibility and authority to the book's content.
From a practical perspective, a biblical foundation is provided using truths regarding belief in God, the identity of Jesus Christ, facets of becoming and being a Christian, as well as aspects of the spiritual realm. Upon that foundation is laid the 12 steps for disciples along with specific techniques for use in making disciples, prayer/fasting, and bible study. This is supplemented with insights regarding sin.
From an overall comprehension perspective, the Jewish culture and religion from biblical, historical, and modern views is summarized. In addition; a synopsis for each book in the Bible is provided along with a chronology of biblical events from Creation through the Apostle Paul's time in a Roman prison. Woven into the chronology are short articles about relevant topics such as ancient artifacts, archaeological sites, and related world history.
From a knowledge perspective, biblical theology concepts are summarized with information about covenants vs. dispensation ages, essential doctrine, interpretation, prophecy, visions and dreams, and the use of imagery. This is augmented with the history of Christian councils, creeds, and confessions along with the controversies that triggered the three major schisms which resulted in the Oriental Orthodox Church (451 AD), Eastern Orthodox Church (1054 AD), and Protestant Reformation (1517 AD).
Last but not least are short essays regarding controversial issues such as morality, cults, destiny, rituals, marriage, money, piety, prosperity, and America's Christian roots.
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