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Those looking for a single resource that collects clear teachings on the most important doctrines of Christianity need look no further than Gregg Allison's 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. This volume covers foundational doctrines of the nature and works of God, the Bible, God's created beings, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the end times. And eac Those looking for a single resource that collects clear teachings on the most important doctrines of Christianity need look no further than Gregg Allison's 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. This volume covers foundational doctrines of the nature and works of God, the Bible, God's created beings, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the end times. And each chapter features clear guidance for how to teach and apply the doctrine today. Pastors, Sunday school teachers, and lay students of theology will find this an indispensable resource for understanding and teaching Christian theology.


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Those looking for a single resource that collects clear teachings on the most important doctrines of Christianity need look no further than Gregg Allison's 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. This volume covers foundational doctrines of the nature and works of God, the Bible, God's created beings, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the end times. And eac Those looking for a single resource that collects clear teachings on the most important doctrines of Christianity need look no further than Gregg Allison's 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. This volume covers foundational doctrines of the nature and works of God, the Bible, God's created beings, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the end times. And each chapter features clear guidance for how to teach and apply the doctrine today. Pastors, Sunday school teachers, and lay students of theology will find this an indispensable resource for understanding and teaching Christian theology.

30 review for 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura Larson

    My beliefs on the validity of the contents aside, this is a pretty clear and straightforward reference guide for anyone teaching theology either in a church or educational setting. While the author is rather clearly against many Roman Catholic beliefs, I feel he does an adequate job illustrating biblical proofs and different theories that would make this useful to many different subsets of Christian beliefs. It is not meant to be read straight through, therefore it appears redundant and monotono My beliefs on the validity of the contents aside, this is a pretty clear and straightforward reference guide for anyone teaching theology either in a church or educational setting. While the author is rather clearly against many Roman Catholic beliefs, I feel he does an adequate job illustrating biblical proofs and different theories that would make this useful to many different subsets of Christian beliefs. It is not meant to be read straight through, therefore it appears redundant and monotonous if read that way. Each section explains certain areas of Biblical lore, and each section provides Biblical text examples, common arguments, and a summarized teaching guide. Overall, well done.

  2. 4 out of 5

    J.K. Turner

    My Rating - If you are looking for something (if you've read other Systematics then pass) Level - Fairly easy read, longer (400 pages) and a bit repetitive Summary This book is a mix of things - an intro to Systematic Theology, a teaching guide, and reference book to broad theological topics. Allison writes from a broadly Evangelical Protestant perspective. The author has broken the book into eight parts - the doctrines of the Word of God, God, God's Creatures, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Sal My Rating - If you are looking for something (if you've read other Systematics then pass) Level - Fairly easy read, longer (400 pages) and a bit repetitive Summary This book is a mix of things - an intro to Systematic Theology, a teaching guide, and reference book to broad theological topics. Allison writes from a broadly Evangelical Protestant perspective. The author has broken the book into eight parts - the doctrines of the Word of God, God, God's Creatures, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Salvation, the Church, and Future Things. Each part has varying numbers of chapters, giving you 50 total. As the subtitle states, the point of the book is to be a guide to understanding and teaching theology, and this leads to a somewhat unique structure to each chapter. It starts with a one or two sentence summary, then bullet points of the main themes, and a list of key scriptures. The largest section of each chapter is 'understanding the doctrine', which is broken into three sections - major affirmations, Biblical support, and major errors. After this is 'enacting the doctrine', which is basically what the doctrine looks like in our lives, followed by 'teaching the doctrine' which includes discussion points as well as a teaching outline. Each chapter ends with a list of resources, however only three Systematics are listed. My Thoughts I'll start out by saying I realize this is an ambitious book, attempting to be both an intro to theology as well as a teaching guide to Systematics.  As an intro, I think Allison does an adequate job. Most full books on theology pass the 800 mark, many going in to the 1,200-1,500 range, if not multiple volumes, so I appreciate his attempt to condense it to about 200 pages or so. Unfortunately, it still manages to feel too redundant. Part of this is due to the structure, having a summary and bullet points then the body, but I think the publishers must have had the intent to make each chapter stand on it's own, as opposed to building on each other. This forces him to refer back to chapters (or state future points) and the points get repetitive. On the other hand, this is also a great way to learn and internalize the content, which may well have been the goal. As a teaching guide, I think this could come in handy. The teaching outline presented at the end of each chapter appears to be quite helpful. The book could also function as a quick reference if you have other Systematics you like to use. If you broke out the teaching portions, you might end up with a 125-150 page book, which would likely be worth it on it's own. If you are looking for something to help you teach theology to other, and you are already familiar and have other books, I think this book would be worth a look. However, as far as a book to study theology on your own, you are probably better off finding something else. I'll end the review with a couple theological points and issues regarding the book. First, the main reason I can't really recommend the book as a way to begin deep study into theology, is that he does argue much with counter points. He lists them as errors, but doesn't really state how/why others believe this or what their proof-texts necessarily are. If you are really trying to learn at a deeper level, you need to know more about the errors than just that they are errors. My other problem, and I think this is worse, is that while trying to keep the book geared toward a broader theological level, he gives positive info an different theologies, some of which are completely incompatible. Certain points of Reformed and Arminianist theology cannot both be true. One of them has to be an error, and it is strange that he did not take a stand (though as you read his 'Biblical support' it is clear at times where he falls). Likewise, he lists all the points of Dispensationalist theology as equal to Reformed and other historic views of theology. While refusing to call this an error, he does come down on other things, such as calling Annihilationism a heresy. This is especially odd as he wrote a text book on Historical Theology and knows well that support for Annihilationism has much, much deeper historical roots that theologies such as Dispensationalism. I find it odd the doctrines for which he will take a hard stand, will promoting whole theological systems that are wholly incompatible with each other. It is a major failure of the book and one of the reasons I cannot recommend it as much as I would like. You'd be better served by are larger study that looks at points and counterpoints of each doctrine/theology or a study that takes a strictly orthodox view. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. More reviews at MondayMorningTheologian.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Gregg R. Allison. 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2018. 448 pp. $19.36. We do not often find a book that does something that other books are not also doing. This is especially true in the world of systematic theology. But Gregg Allison has given us something fairly unique in 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. What makes this book different is not that it covers a variety of important theological truths. What make Gregg R. Allison. 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2018. 448 pp. $19.36. We do not often find a book that does something that other books are not also doing. This is especially true in the world of systematic theology. But Gregg Allison has given us something fairly unique in 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. What makes this book different is not that it covers a variety of important theological truths. What makes it unique is that it prepares us to teach these truths to people in our churches. Allison did not intend to give us another twelve-hundred-page theology textbook or another abridged version of such a work. Instead, Allison gives us a teaching tool that is designed to prepare pastors, Sunday School teachers, and small group leaders to help learners make their way through the key truths of the Christian faith. This book is a springboard for teaching, not an attempt to be the end of any discussion. In each chapter of the book, Allison introduces an important doctrine and gives a brief explanation of the concept. If there are differing views on the doctrine among orthodox believers, Allison offers explanations from each point of view. The author also gives his readers examples of major errors that Christians and cults sometimes fall into. He shares with readers ways to live out important truths of the doctrine in their lives, giving us practical implications of some pretty big truths. And Allison presents, in each chapter, an outline of how to teach the doctrine to others along with resources for further study. What is best about this book is its potential to be useful to a great variety of folks. If you want to get a basic understanding of the issues being discussed in a particular doctrine, this book is for you. If you want to know how to communicate the components of a particular doctrine to others in an understandable way, this book is for you. If you are looking for a book that solves for you the debated topics among evangelicals, this book is not for you. Allison will help you to see how different Christians make cases for issues such as baptism, charismatic gifts, election, or end times. But the author will, in the end, instruct you to teach the doctrine in accord with your church’s official stance. I believe that Gregg Allison has done the church a service by writing50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. This book is easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, easy-to-use, and sure to be helpful to those who want to learn or teach doctrine. I would recommend this to pastors, small group leaders, and students. It is a useful resource to pull off your shelf if you need a quick summary of a doctrine, arguments surrounding that doctrine, and further resources. The fact that Allison has given useful teaching outlines for each doctrine means that this book contains at least 50 solid small group sessions or discipleship classes. ** I received a free copy of this work from the publisher in exchange for writing an posting an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou

    The goal of Gregg Allison’s book, 50 core Truths of the Christian Faith, is that “this theological resource will help to form believers in sound doctrine and transform their lives for the glory of God” (Gregg R. Allison, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith, Baker Books, 2018, p. xv). He says, ”Christian doctrine is Christian belief based on Scripture.” His applications are “Doctrine is believed;… doctrine is practiced;…doctrine is confessed;…and doctrine is taught.” (p. 1). Those four applicat The goal of Gregg Allison’s book, 50 core Truths of the Christian Faith, is that “this theological resource will help to form believers in sound doctrine and transform their lives for the glory of God” (Gregg R. Allison, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith, Baker Books, 2018, p. xv). He says, ”Christian doctrine is Christian belief based on Scripture.” His applications are “Doctrine is believed;… doctrine is practiced;…doctrine is confessed;…and doctrine is taught.” (p. 1). Those four applications form the structure of this substantial resource. In each chapter, Allison includes the summary of one doctrine, the main theme of that doctrine, the key scriptures for that doctrine, the major errors in the West that exist about that doctrine, the way to live it out and the way to teach it. He also evenhandedly describes the differences in doctrine within the Western church on several issues. Intriguingly, he has a column in each chapter called “Perennial Questions and Problematic Issues”. But he gives no answers for any of the questions, so, he raises problems but does not answer them. That’s a shortcoming of the book that could have been remedied before publication. The other shortcoming of the book is that it is too western in a global world. There is almost no reference to any of Allison’s 50 doctrines as they are interpreted by people from other cultural and religious viewpoints. In other words, there is no contextualization of Christian doctrines outside the West. Even basic words like “sin” have different connotations in different cultures. One of the only global references I found was in the area of “enacting baptism”. In that chapter Allison says, “Churches in the West are coming more and more into contact with other religions. As churches lead Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and others to Christ, converts’ baptism takes on an importance that is often overlooked, as they are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Entailed in this association with the Triune God is a renunciation of their allegiance to other gods (Allah, Vishnu, Shiva, Devi). That is, baptism in the name of the one true God signifies that these other deities are false gods” (p. 326). All true and very important for western theologians and ministers to understand. The Western tendency has been to write discipleship and theology books like Allison’s and then simply translate them into other languages and assume that they will be rightly understood. It is a false assumption. The book is certainly a valuable resource for western Christians, and helpful for those who teach doctrine. But many more resources need to be developed that will contextualize these doctrines for Christians living in the midst of other world religions. Western-framed theological constructs do not easily fit into the worldview and needs of believers from the rest of the world.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David Steele

    I have been teaching theology for over twenty-five years. During that time span, I have been privileged to use some of the finest theological resources available. Contemporary books like Wayne Grudem’s, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine or John Frame’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief have been a never-ending source of theological wisdom, and have instructed and encouraged my soul. Books geared to laymen like J.I. Packer’s, Concise Theology: A Guid I have been teaching theology for over twenty-five years. During that time span, I have been privileged to use some of the finest theological resources available. Contemporary books like Wayne Grudem’s, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine or John Frame’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief have been a never-ending source of theological wisdom, and have instructed and encouraged my soul. Books geared to laymen like J.I. Packer’s, Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs and R.C. Sproul’s, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith have also proven themselves to be faithful friends. But despite the wealth of resources for pastors and teachers, very few provide insight for actually teaching theology. For this reason, Gregg Allison’s new book will be a welcome addition to many personal libraries. 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology is part systematic theology and part pedagogy. Indeed, it is a tool to be reckoned with. A brief look at the table of contents reveals what initially looks like a traditional systematic theology text. Eight branches of systematic theology are arranged from the doctrine of the Word of God (Bibliology) to the doctrine of future things (Eschatology), respectively. Each branch is subsequently arranged into bite-sized pieces which are designed to be easily digested by the reader. Each of the fifty chapters contains a one-page snapshot of the content, which includes a summary, main themes, and key Scriptures. Three main sections may also be found in each chapter including: Understanding Doctrine - Major affirmations, biblical support, and major errors associated with a particular doctrine. Enacting Doctrine - The case for teaching the stakes for minimizing, marginalizing, or repudiating a particular doctrine. Teaching the Doctrine - Practical pointers and help with teaching a particular doctrine. “Christian doctrine is Christian belief based on Scripture,” writes Greg Allison. “The church bears the primary responsibility for constructing and transmitting good theology, with an essential assist from the theological wisdom of the ages. The sound doctrine is believed, practiced, confessed, and taught.” 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology succeeds in carrying out the aims of the author. It is a treasure chest of biblical wisdom that will encourage and educate. Many pastors, teachers, and professors will benefit from this well-sharpened tool which will lead to the edification of the saints and glorify the Triune God! Highly recommended. I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This book may be the best teaching on the essential beliefs of the Christian faith I have seen. It is an excellent systematic theology for the lay person. Allison has good explanations of difficult issues. His explanation of how the Apocrypha came to be and why it is in the Catholic Bible and not the Protestant Bible was very clear. He also does a good job of presenting theological options, such as explaining both meticulous providence and general providence with respect to God's governing of the This book may be the best teaching on the essential beliefs of the Christian faith I have seen. It is an excellent systematic theology for the lay person. Allison has good explanations of difficult issues. His explanation of how the Apocrypha came to be and why it is in the Catholic Bible and not the Protestant Bible was very clear. He also does a good job of presenting theological options, such as explaining both meticulous providence and general providence with respect to God's governing of the world. Likewise, he does a good job of objectively explaining the Reformed and Arminian views on salvation. He explained the different views on the Lord's Supper, even identifying the differences between Zwingli and Calvin within the Reformed tradition. He carefully presents the biblical evidence for each view but lets the reader make up his own mind. I found new insights in this book too. For example, God says of His creation that it was very good. Allison writes, “This affirmation was not one of moral goodness, for evil had not yet entered the world. Rather, it was one of fittedness: the creation, as coming from the hand of God, corresponded perfectly to the divine design.” (Loc 1762/7550) That brought some needed clarity to me. The structure of the book is such that it can be read by a layperson and also used by laypeople and pastors as a guide for teaching. Allison includes suggested strategies for teaching each topic as well as an outline. I really like that he suggests that each view be clearly presented when teaching the topic. He also adds resources on each topic so those who want to investigate more deeply have a place to start. I also like that he identifies the errors associated with each belief. His concise summary, list of Scriptures, and explanation of each doctrine is very readable and informative. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to investigate the basic beliefs of Christianity in a format where variations in the doctrines are presented objectively. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karl Dumas

    As a Seminary student, and as a Pastor, I have read several “theology” books, including those by Elwell, Grenz, and Grudem, that are listed in Gegg R. Allison’s resource list. I learned a lot from them, but there is no way that I could ever suggest that the reading was pleasant. Allison’s book 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology (Baker Books, 2018) may not dig as deeply into the various parts of a Christian Theology as the aforementioned resource As a Seminary student, and as a Pastor, I have read several “theology” books, including those by Elwell, Grenz, and Grudem, that are listed in Gegg R. Allison’s resource list. I learned a lot from them, but there is no way that I could ever suggest that the reading was pleasant. Allison’s book 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology (Baker Books, 2018) may not dig as deeply into the various parts of a Christian Theology as the aforementioned resources, but this book is certainly easier to read. Any Systematic Theology addresses several doctrines, and this is no exception. Allison walks the reader through the doctrines of: Word of God, God, God's Creatures, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Salvation, Church, and Future things. Each section addresses different parts of the doctrine, and is broken down into a simple to understand format. For example, the first section under the Doctrine of the Word of God, “The Inspiration of Scripture” includes a summary, a listing of the main themes, and a list of key scriptures pertaining to the topic. Then in the section called ‘Understanding the Doctrine’, the author addresses major affirmations, biblical support, and major errors. Allison also has a section labeled ‘Enacting the Doctrine’, followed by what is probably the main purpose of the book, ‘Teaching the Doctrine’. This last section includes a ‘teaching outline’, very helpful for the Sunday school teacher, or a pastor who likes handy references on his bookshelf, rather than having to dig through the wordy volumes of most Theology texts. This book is definitely more ‘entry level’ study rather than Graduate study material, but it does serve as a handy reference, for those quick questions, or to help find the scripture references in a hurry. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. 4/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Harshman

    If you are looking for a book that gives you a primer on core doctrine of the Christian faith, this book would be a good one to take a look at. With that said, I feel that this book is written more for a person that is not a complete newbie to the faith as it does dive into some deep theological concepts. With the part of this book that covers the "teaching the doctrine" for each of these fifty doctrines, I feel that there is a leaning toward someone who is in a teaching or leadership role, whic If you are looking for a book that gives you a primer on core doctrine of the Christian faith, this book would be a good one to take a look at. With that said, I feel that this book is written more for a person that is not a complete newbie to the faith as it does dive into some deep theological concepts. With the part of this book that covers the "teaching the doctrine" for each of these fifty doctrines, I feel that there is a leaning toward someone who is in a teaching or leadership role, which is exactly one of the goals of the author, Gregg R. Allison. From a reading format perspective, I really appreciate how this book is set up. Each of the fifty doctrines follow the same format where we read a Summary of the doctrine, then the Main Themes of the doctrine, Key Scriptures. Then it follows with Understanding the Doctrine with Major Affirmations and Biblical Support. It then gives Major Errors that sometimes are seen within the specific doctrine, then Enacting and Teaching the Doctrine with a nice Teaching Outline and resources. It may sound like a lot, but actually the way it is laid out makes it flow very nicely. This is not a book that you read like a novel by any means. There is a lot of meat in this book and in my opinion, it might be better to go through it one doctrine at a time to study it. Or, if you are wanting to teach doctrine, the teaching and outline portion are an invaluable tool for you to use. The level of detail that the book goes into is very good for sort of quick reference guide if you want to look something up for teaching doctrine. Plus the resources that are provided at the end of each doctrine chapter are an excellent way to dive even deeper into that specific doctrine if you wish. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Fonseca

    As a ministry student taking theology courses at the moment, this book could not have come at a better time! I'm extremely happy with this invaluable resource. Dr. Gregg Allison has done an astounding work for the minister, the Bible teacher, ministry student, and the new Christian. This is not a book you read through like a novel in 3 days but should be carefully studied alongside the Bible. It's lengthy (about 410 pages). Dr. Allison provides explanations on 50 main beliefs of the Christian fa As a ministry student taking theology courses at the moment, this book could not have come at a better time! I'm extremely happy with this invaluable resource. Dr. Gregg Allison has done an astounding work for the minister, the Bible teacher, ministry student, and the new Christian. This is not a book you read through like a novel in 3 days but should be carefully studied alongside the Bible. It's lengthy (about 410 pages). Dr. Allison provides explanations on 50 main beliefs of the Christian faith. The chapters are broken down into 8 sections: Doctrine of the Word of God, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of God's Creatures, Doctrine of God the Son, Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit, Doctrine of Salvation, Doctrine of the Church, and Doctrine of Future Things. The chapters are not super long(which is good). At the beginning of each chapter, the author has included a summary and main themes to be discussed. And I like that he included key verses at the end of each chapter as well as teaching outlines (very helpful for the Bible teacher and those disciplining others ). There are further explanations for theological terms and phrases. There are some questions for further meditation and the author addresses current issues surrounding some controversial topics. This work is very complete and thorough, very informative, and very easy to read. It's a great resource for the pastor and the Bible teacher. And as a ministry student and Bible teacher myself, this book has become a great supplement to my studies. Highly recommend! I received a copy of this book from Baker in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    This latest title by SBTS theology professor Dr. Gregg Allison is a true gift to all pastors and teachers in the local church. Many pastors strugggle knowing they should teach their people the major doctrines of the Bible but lack a suitable plan or outline to do so. In this book Allison has provided a must have resource that will enable pastors to lay a foundation of theological soundness in the lives of their people. In eight sections comprised of 50 chapters Allison walks through all the most This latest title by SBTS theology professor Dr. Gregg Allison is a true gift to all pastors and teachers in the local church. Many pastors strugggle knowing they should teach their people the major doctrines of the Bible but lack a suitable plan or outline to do so. In this book Allison has provided a must have resource that will enable pastors to lay a foundation of theological soundness in the lives of their people. In eight sections comprised of 50 chapters Allison walks through all the most important doctrines beginning with the doctrine of God and going all the way to eschatology. Each chapter provides a general overview of the doctrine in question, a general guide to teaching the doctrine, and a teaching outline with a list of recommended resources. This might be one the most helpful resources for pastors published this year. My recommendation would be to get it and use it to teach your church or a class in your church. Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Canipe

    Gregg Allison is a professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, having earned his Ph. D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, teaching at another seminary and also serving as a pastor in Europe and the United States. His excellent book reflects both his academic training, teaching experience, and his heart for the local christian church. I highly recommended this book. Dr. Allison treats the key and core doctrines of the Christian faith in a manner which is acc Gregg Allison is a professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, having earned his Ph. D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, teaching at another seminary and also serving as a pastor in Europe and the United States. His excellent book reflects both his academic training, teaching experience, and his heart for the local christian church. I highly recommended this book. Dr. Allison treats the key and core doctrines of the Christian faith in a manner which is accessible to the serious layperson and helpful to pastors. Uniquely, he provides a brief teaching outline and recommendations for each chapter. The chapters are quite compact, at under 6 pages each. He strongly grounds each item in Scripture, and fairly treats differences among Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and evangelical Protestantism. Dr. Allison also makes a point to explain how key dividing lines of Reformed/Calisthenic and Armenian theology plays out as appropriate. He is also clear on what sorts of views are non-orthodox and even heretical. He also does a great job of succinctly explaining complex parts of theology. I benefited from this aspects as well.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris MacLeavy

    Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Perhaps not since Packer's Knowing God has there been a book that I have been so grateful for in terms of taking multiple systematic theology textbooks and distilling them down into short, powerful, understandable chapters on the core doctrines of Christianity. This book should be read by every Christian, but it is also designed to be used as a launch-pad f Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Perhaps not since Packer's Knowing God has there been a book that I have been so grateful for in terms of taking multiple systematic theology textbooks and distilling them down into short, powerful, understandable chapters on the core doctrines of Christianity. This book should be read by every Christian, but it is also designed to be used as a launch-pad for studies (each of the 50 truths include a section on how to enact that doctrine, as well as how to teach it). This is a fantastic resource for any shelf, especially to quickly capture key truths in a few short pages for those who don't have a desire to dig deep into larger systematic theology texts. (Unless that's your jam...then go for it.) Allison's book is well written, well sized, well delivered. Five stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology by Gregg R. Allison Baker Books Christian Pub Date 06 Feb 2018 I am reviewing a copy of 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith through Baker Books and Netgalley: Gregg Allison's 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith collects clear teachings of the most important doctrines of Christianity. This book covers the foundational doctrines of nature and works of God, The Bible, God crested beings, Jesus, Salvation the church an 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology by Gregg R. Allison Baker Books Christian Pub Date 06 Feb 2018 I am reviewing a copy of 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith through Baker Books and Netgalley: Gregg Allison's 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith collects clear teachings of the most important doctrines of Christianity. This book covers the foundational doctrines of nature and works of God, The Bible, God crested beings, Jesus, Salvation the church and even the end times. Each chapter features clear guidance for how to apply and teach the doctrine today. This book is great for Pastors, Sunday School teachers as well as students of theology will find this study useful in helping to better understand Christian theology. I give 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith four out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Oak

    50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology by Gregg R. Allison is a book that examines fifty church doctrines, guiding the reader on how to teach them. Some of my favorite lessons were the ones that focused on human nature, common grace, and baptism with the Holy Spirit. The text would be easy to use in a classroom setting; the end of each chapter even includes a teaching outline. The content is well-written, and I appreciate the book’s thoroughness and 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology by Gregg R. Allison is a book that examines fifty church doctrines, guiding the reader on how to teach them. Some of my favorite lessons were the ones that focused on human nature, common grace, and baptism with the Holy Spirit. The text would be easy to use in a classroom setting; the end of each chapter even includes a teaching outline. The content is well-written, and I appreciate the book’s thoroughness and depth. I like how each chapter talks about understanding the doctrine, enacting the doctrine, and teaching the doctrine. *I received this book for review*

  15. 4 out of 5

    victoria

    This book was a remarkable writing and compelling to read with also encouraging, unique in its approach to Christian theology. Through Christian education and useful book that explain the theology, methodology, and techniques of teaching, and through Sunday School curricula providing of the actual material for teaching, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers Program for This book was a remarkable writing and compelling to read with also encouraging, unique in its approach to Christian theology. Through Christian education and useful book that explain the theology, methodology, and techniques of teaching, and through Sunday School curricula providing of the actual material for teaching, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers Program for this review”.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lovely Loveday

    A very informative read that is full of scripture with step by step guides to give you a better understand of the christian faith. I enjoyed reading and following along has Allison teaches. A very intriguing and interesting read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jo LeGare

    Each 50 truths are concise and offers a summary, main themes, key Scripture, major affirmations and major errors, and an enacting and teaching the doctrine portion. I know I will use this as a reference book across my time in ministry.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Wiley

    This is absolutely the most helpful and accessible overview of systematic theology I have read. The teaching tips are helpful for leading others through the content.

  19. 5 out of 5

    PuddleJumper

    Quite helpful.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Johnson

    This is a helpful guide for teaching or preaching through the core doctrines of the faith, intended for those who already have a basic grasp of systematic theology. Each major doctrine is broken up into multiple chapters, just as you'd find in any class or textbook on the topic. Each chapter includes the main themes of that topic, key Scripture passages, a multi-page textual explanation that includes both biblical affirmations and major errors to be avoided, a brief section with tips for teachin This is a helpful guide for teaching or preaching through the core doctrines of the faith, intended for those who already have a basic grasp of systematic theology. Each major doctrine is broken up into multiple chapters, just as you'd find in any class or textbook on the topic. Each chapter includes the main themes of that topic, key Scripture passages, a multi-page textual explanation that includes both biblical affirmations and major errors to be avoided, a brief section with tips for teaching that particular doctrine, along with a suggested outline, and a few key resources for further study (mostly longer, more academic theology books). Each chapter also includs a helpful list of "perennial questions and problematic issues" -- i.e., speculative questions or things that even the greatest theologians don't have a unified answer to (such as the origin of the soul, or the problem of evil). While it's more of a resource to consult as needed, rather than a book to sit down and read through, I did work through the first 7 chapters on the doctrine of God's Word (i.e., bibliology) as part of my devotions, looking up the key passages and writing out how they relate to understanding the nature and purpose of Scripture. It was a fruitful study, but I was also coming at it fresh from a grad class in theology -- it could be harder to grasp the intricacies of each doctrine if you've never done much reading on those topics. But for those who have a foundational knowledge of core doctrines of the faith, it is an invaluable at-a-glance resource for teaching or ministry -- especially if you just need a quick refresher on some aspect of the doctrine, such as key passages or a basic outline overview. I'd recommend it to anyone who might have opportunity to teach or write about theology in the future! Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian Corder

  22. 5 out of 5

    Renay Taylor

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rocky Woolery

  24. 4 out of 5

    Austin Miesner

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Daly

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jade Aduddell

  27. 5 out of 5

    EC

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Daniels

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael J

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