Exploring Christian Doctrine
This reliable and highly readable textbook provides comprehensive coverage of core Christian beliefs. Based on the author's introductory Christian doctrine course, the book rests firmly on biblical foundations while providing a balanced discussion of areas where evangelicals disagree. The text includes essay topics and further reading suggestions.
"This is a simply outstanding introduction to doctrine. The product of decades of classroom experience, it is rooted in the Bible, answers a barrage of questions and objections, and is enlivened by cartoons and humor. If you think doctrine is dull and boring, think again."
"The book's structure is appetizingly laid out in a series of initial questions, positions taken, objections raised, errors to avoid and Lane's own succinct answers--all framed by creedal and confessional bounds and set within the context of worship."
"Tony Lane's survey of Christian belief is accessible and engaging. Alive to historical debates and to contemporary challenges, his focus nonetheless remains on offering a clear and thorough account of the essential points of Christian doctrine from a broadly evangelical perspective. Anyone wanting to understand what Christians believe and why will find this an extremely helpful guide."
"Engaging in style, evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in atmosphere and eclectic in its use of resources, Exploring Christian Doctrine will delight students looking for a textbook that is clear and informative, never overbearing but always challenging."
"Tony Lane is a masterful teacher. He has a knack for writing epigrammatic sentences that instantly clarify an issue. He has a gift for accurately apt illustrations. Just when things might be getting a little dull, he throws in a joke or even a cartoon. Ideal for anyone who wants to understand the basics."
"What does the church believe? What does the church's faith have to do with prayer, worship and life in the everyday world? Why don't all churches believe the same thing? Tony Lane addresses these basic questions and more. Students, especially, will find this a welcome guide."
"Exploring Christian Doctrine has the feel of a live lecture, interspersed with the give and take of classroom discussion and inquiry. . . . Lane's volume will be appreciated for its broad evangelical approach, discussion of contemporary doctrinal challenges to historic orthodoxy, and careful use of Scripture to explain and validate Christian belief. For readers interested in an introductory text to Christian doctrine, Lane's work is admirably suitable."
"A good textbook for a comparative religion or intro to Christianity course."
"Tony Lane's survey of Christian doctrine was a pleasure to read. The book seems to be ideal for introducing theology to teenagers and adults in both the church and the academy, as well as teaching international readers who are studying theology in English as a second language."
1. Knowing God
3. Speaking about God
4. Creation of the Universe
5. Spirit World
Sin and Evil
8. Fall and Original Sin
10. Evil and Suffering (Theodicy)
Redemption: God and his Work
11. Law and Old Testament
12. Work of Christ
13. Person of Christ (Christology)
14. Uniqueness of Christ
15. Holy Spirit
18. Christian Initiation
20. Justification and Assurance
22. Perseverance and Reward
23. Grace and Election
24. Church 1 (Ecclesiology)
25. Church 2
26. Holy Communion
Future Glory (Eschatology)
27. End Times
29. Future Hope
Questions to Answer
Index of biblical references
Index of names and subjects