Theology is not just for theologians.
In our everyday lives, says Bruce Shelley, theology is nothing more than the beliefs Christians use to describe truth. It's necessary, important and accessible to all of us. To prove his point, the popular author of Christian History in Plain Language lays out the basic beliefs of our faith in an appealing, conversational style.
"Throughout these chapters," Shelley says, "I have tried to imagine a long walk with a friend, new Christian or non-Christian, who jas just asked me, 'What do you mean by the Christian faith?' " Here is the answer, including the Garden and the Fall, the cross, God the Trinity and the mystery of suffering in our world. At the end of this "walk," you will know for certain: This is an extraordinary book for ordinary people.
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About the Author
Shelley (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is senior professor of church history at Denver Seminary.
Table of Contents
Walking Together: An Introduction
1. Lost in the Secular City: The Hidden World
2. We Are Not Alone: Revelation
3. The Exodus and the Entrance: The Bible
4. The Ranks of the Resistance: The Human Tragedy
5. Speaking Terms: Faith
6. The Ultimate Ruler: God Above Us
7. What Is God Like?: God With Us
8. The Dark Side of Life: The Problem of Evil
9. The Invasion: Jesus Christ
10. The Agony and the Answer: The Cross
11. The Blue-Collar Deity: The Holy Spirit
12. Whispers of the Wind: The Spirit's Work
13. God in Three Persons: The Trinity
14. New People: The Church
15. The Basic Steps: Grace
16. Forgiven Sinners: Salvation
17. The Family Likeness: The Christian Life
18. The Difference Faith Makes: The Kingdom of God
19. The Point of Providence: Destiny
20. The Final Curtain: The End
21. New Day Dawning: The World to Come
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shelley was one of my professors at Denver Seminary. He had a knack for presenting difficult concepts in a way that is understandable to the average person. He also was able to include humor in his lessons. These qualities made his class very enjoyable.
In this book, he brings these qualities to the written page. This volume would be a helpful introduction to the full range of Christian theology. It is ideal for the new Christian or seeker.