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Christianity 101: Your Guide to Eight Basic Christian Beliefs [Paperback]

By Gilbert Bilezikian (Author)
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This accessible and relevant guide presents the eight basic doctrines of the Christian church in plain language and is written to help bridge the gap between the world of theological scholarship and people who yearn to understand the Christian faith. Foreword by Bill Hybels.

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You Mean to Say You Don t Know the Meaning of * Monophysitism * Hypostatic Union * Infralapsarian * Traducianism * Chiliastic * Pneumatomachian Cheer up You don t have to have thousand-dollar vocabulary in order to grasp the priceless basics of Christianity. Christianity 101 bridges the gap between biblical scholarship and people who want to understand the Christian faith. This book presents eight basic doctrines of Christianity--The Bible, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Human Beings, Redemption, The Church, and The Last Things--in clear, simple language that gives seasoned Christians a fresh understanding of the Bible and its teachings and puts new Christians on familiar terms with Christian doctrine. Gilbert Bilezikian does not shape his analysis of these doctrines in the worn-out, rationalistic categories of older systematic theologies, but in vibrant, dynamic language designed to communicate biblical truths to contemporary believers."

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1993
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310577012  
ISBN13  9780310577010  
UPC  025986577018  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gilbert Bilezikian (ThD, Boston University) is a professor emeritus of Wheaton College, a charter member and elder of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, and the author of Community 101.

Gilbert Bilezikian currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts.

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Fantastic Introduction to Christianity  Oct 30, 2005
Even though this edition was written in 1993, the content is still relevant now as it was then. This book doesnt pretend to be an academic theological exercise into Christianity but rather Bilezikian presents Christianity in a very straight foward manner. If you want to begin learning about Christianity then this book is a great start. Bilezkian explores what Christians really believe about God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, the nature of human beings identity, Salvation, the Church and what will happen at the end of time. This book has a lot to offer people exploring Christianity and those people who have embarked on a life with Jesus Christ as the focus of their lives. Try this book, you wont be disappointed.
 
Very Good Lay Level Systematic Theology  Mar 14, 2004
It is a rare thing for a theologian to take systematic theology and make it accessible on a lay level. Considering that most systematic theologies go into multiple volumes or exeed 800 pages, I think that Bilezikian did a good job here. Yes, he had to leave out some of the fine points, nuances, and richness of Christian theology but he hit all of the critical points very well. As some of the other reviewers have pointed out, some of his arguments are not so well put together but I do not think that this factor is enough to invalidate the work.

All in all, a good lay level text that would be helpful for anyone engaging in discipleship.

 
Not a bad book, but there are better!  May 31, 2003
I found Christianity 101 to be rather a tedious reading book written from a clearly neo-evangelical perspective. Provided that one affirms that position, he or she may find this book useful. Perhaps my principal concern is that this book was written for the newer Christian who may not be aware of other positions. Bilezikian often argues in such a manner that the reader would assume his perspective is unassailable, when in fact he simply fails to note arguments to the contrary. This tendency is particularly noticeable in his dealings with eschatology. In this regard, the widely held conservative envangelical position is dealt with in an almost disdainful manner.

In sum, there are other books available which are more academically neutral (and, I would say, honest).

 
Good Intro to Basic Theology  Sep 6, 2002
Dr. Bilezikian's introduction to basic Christian doctrine is a wonderful distillation of eight basic doctrines of the Church. The book is very easy to read, does not get bogged down in technical debate and does not add endless Scripture references that add little to the point in question. Starting with the doctrine of Revelation, working through each person of the trinity, the church and end times. Bilezikian shows that he has thought through the issues with the question of the average layperson in mind. Bilezikian's chapter on the church is nothing if not inspiring and his chapter on End Times adds a nice touch to a beleaguered area of theology.

I did find some blemishes in the work. At times, Bilezikian jumps to conclusions that are not supported by his argumentation. For instance, on page 16, he makes the claim: "Since the truth of the Old Testament is partial and incomplete, the Old Testament cannot have the final word on any aspect of revelation, unless it is confirmed as such in the New Testament." That is a pretty hard pill to swallow, particularly when one remembers that 2 Tim 3:16 originally referred to the Hebrew Scriptures! More than once, I found myself asking "why" or saying "so what?" after he made some disconnected bold claim (see pp. 156, 183, 201, etc.). His section on predestination was weak in its argumentation, for anyone who has actually studied the issue. Bilezikian argues for corporate election and a self-limitation of God's foreknowledge not unlike the open-theists. It is an interesting argument, but it would have been more helpful to show the reader its weaknesses as well as its strengths. There were a couple of typos in the book ("gopsel" on p.153 etc.) but none were serious. The only major editing flaw was the omission of the discussion questions for chapter 7 (church). I emailed Zondervan about this and a day later the questions were in my inbox -- I was impressed.

Enough nit-picking, all in all, this is a great introductory text with "small-group" or "freshman" written all over it. If you want some basic doctrine in an accessible style, Christianity 101 is the book for you.

 
Good Intro Text  Sep 6, 2002
Dr. Bilezikian's introduction to basic Christian doctrine is a wonderful distillation of eight basic doctrines of the Church. The book is very easy to read, does not get bogged down in technical debate and does not add endless Scripture references that add little to the point in question. Starting with the doctrine of Revelation, working through each person of the trinity, the church and end times. Bilezikian shows that he has thought through the issues with the question of the average layperson in mind. Bilezikian's chapter on the church is nothing if not inspiring and his chapter on End Times adds a nice touch to a beleaguered area of theology.

I did find some blemishes in the work. At times, Bilezikian jumps to conclusions that are not supported by his argumentation. For instance, on page 16, he makes the claim: "Since the truth of the Old Testament is partial and incomplete, the Old Testament cannot have the final word on any aspect of revelation, unless it is confirmed as such in the New Testament." That is a pretty hard pill to swallow, particularly when one remembers that 2 Tim 3:16 originally referred to the Hebrew Scriptures! More than once, I found myself asking "why" or saying "so what?" after he made some disconnected bold claim (see pp. 156, 183, 201, etc.). His section on predestination was weak in its argumentation, for anyone who has actually studied the issue. Bilezikian argues for corporate election and a self-limitation of God's foreknowledge not unlike the open-theists. It is an interesting argument, but it would have been more helpful to show the reader its weaknesses as well as its strengths.

There were a couple of typos in the book ("gopsel" on p.153 etc.) but none were serious. The only major editing flaw was the omission of the discussion questions for chapter 7 (church). I emailed Zondervan about this and a day later the questions were in my inbox -- I was impressed.

Enough nit-picking, all in all, this is a great introductory text with "small-group" or "freshman" written all over it. If you want some basic doctrine in an accessible style, Christianity 101 is the book for you.

 

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