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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1ST edition (April 20, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310577012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310577010
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

This was a book that was recommended to me by my spiritual mentor.
Chriss
I found Christianity 101 to be rather a tedious reading book written from a clearly neo-evangelical perspective.
Jim
This book is OK, but it isn't that good. l thought it was confusing and hard to read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
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This book clarifies many confusing and sometimes misunderstood aspects of Christian theology, including the triune nature of God and the individual aspects of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, God's original plan for man and how it was impacted by the Fall, and God's plan for man's salvation. I found that it filled a lot of gaps in my knowledge, even though I've been a Christian since childhood and have read and studied the Bible.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brent Hudson on September 5, 2002
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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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brent Hudson on September 5, 2002
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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.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By NotATameLion on January 20, 2000
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I checked Christianity 101 out of our local library because it was one of the few books in the "Christianity" section that was not heretical. I expected the same old poorly laid out rehashing of doctrine in a sedative format. I figured it was worth a try though. I was suprised. It seems that someone duped our humanist local library into actually buying a useful book! The author makes these eight doctrines come alive. I recommend this book to those new Christians who want to build a solid foundation for their faith as well as all those seeking out the truths of Christianity.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jim on May 31, 2003
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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).
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