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Overview In this book, Stanley Grenz presents the central tenets of Christian faith clearly and concisely, answering the most commonly asked questions: Why believe at all? Which God? Who is Jesus and what did he do? What am I searching for and how do I find it?
People today are searching for something to believe in. How can they choose between conflicting belief systems and find answers to their questions? In this book, Stanley Grenz presents the central tenets of Christian faith clearly and concisely, answering the most common questions and helping readers strengthen their understanding of Christianity.
From Publishers Weekly Grenz, professor of theology and ethics at Carey Theological College in
Vancouver, British Columbia, places Christianity in the context of competing
belief systems for today's seekers. Grenz presents the central tenets of the
Christian faith clearly and concisely, conveying the major doctrines of the
faith--God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church and last things.
Grenz poses questions that many Christians ask of their faith--"Why believe at
all?"; "Who is Jesus and what did he do?"--to direct his study of Christian
doctrine. Grenz contends that many North Americans now revel in God's immanence
within the universe so much that God meshes almost completely with the world.
Grenz contends that the Christian understanding of God actually seeks a balance
between immanence and transcendence. Grenz argues that humankind can reach the
goal of its quest only by turning from self toward the triune God as we leave
behind our old identity and discover who we are created to be within the
fellowship of the community of Christ. Grenz's guide is an accessible
introduction to the Christian faith. (June)
Citations And Professional Reviews What Christians Really Believe by Grenz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 05/11/1998 page 65
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.55" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 8, 2007
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664257321 ISBN13 9780664257323
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Middle-of-the-road, evangelical apologetic Aug 7, 2000
Stanley Grenz aims this work ostensibly at the North American religious "seeker." Structured in seven chapters, each addressing an existential question that Grenz thinks most North Americans (it is a very culture-bound work) ask at one point or another, Grenz attempts to guide the reader through the hodgepodge of contemporary "spiritualities," hopefully ending up within the fold of orthodox evangelical Christianity. The reader who is already well-versed in the culture of evangelical Christianity will find little that is unfamiliar, though Grenz does offer a somewhat nuanced view of the meaning behind Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. Pop culture references abound, in a worthy attempt at contemporary relevance. Curiously--perhaps in an attempt to avoid sounding too scary--the word "sin" is not mentioned once. One unwelcome tendency is Grenz' propensity for making statements--such as calling the Bible the "sourcebook" for Christians, or referring to various beliefs as "erroneous"--without adequately backing them up or elaborating what he means or why he means it.
This is not, by any measure, a bad book, and evangelical Christians ought to find much to celebrate about it. However, it is a bit too brief on some key points. And the title's implicit assertion that Grenz gives voice to the theology and beliefs of all Christians is, to me, rather off-putting.