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The Christian Book of Why Hardcover – January 4, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Testament (January 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517205823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517205822
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,473,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume provides clear information in a format excellent for both browsing and reference. -- Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John C. McCollister has authored thirteen books, including The Christian Book of Why, The Sky Is Home, and Writing for Dollars. Over five hundred of his articles have appeared in publications such as The Boston Globe, Lady's Circle, Science Digest, Entrepreneur, Plane and Pilot, and The Saturday Evening Post. A Christian pastor and university professor, Dr. McCollister graduated from Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, both in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has engaged in post-graduate study at Union Theological Seminary and the University of Michigan. Founder and president of the American Writers Institute, Dr. McCollister currently travels the nation presenting his popular seminar, "How to Make Money by Writing." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Flagg on January 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The late Bishop James A. Pike used to say that most Americans are "theologically illiterate." He meant that they hadn't had any formal religious education since they had finished Sunday School or catechism classes (and perhaps were confirmed). They still had the understanding of their faith gained as adolescents. There is a book, however, which might easily improve this situation. "The Christian Book of Why" (Testament Books, 1983) provides clear information in a format appropriate for both browsing and reference. John C. McCollister is a Lutheran pastor who answers about 500 questions on Christian belief and ritual. Author of a dozen other books and hundreds of articles in publications such as "The Boston Globe" and "The Saturday Evening Post," McCollister has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and travels widely presenting seminars on the topic of making money by writing. In the words of the book's introduction: "The Christian Book of Why" does not attempt to advise Christians on how to conduct their lives. It does not take sides in issues on which Christians have differed over the centuries. Instead, it merely explains why certain Christians choose to believe or behave as they do. The material is divided into ten sections: Jesus; Practices & Beliefs That Unite & Divide; Water, Bread, and Wine; Public Worship; Prayer & Private Worship; Marriage & Divorce; Festivals & Seasons; Holy Objects & Symbols; Pastors, Priests, Popes; Saints & Sinners. The book's greatest virtues as a reference are its even-handedness and very thorough index. The author strives to give both sides of any controversial issues. For example, McCollister handles the sacrament of baptism this way: Why do some Christians baptize infants?Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. McRae on July 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Not only show's the unique differences, but the many similarities of a wide range of Christian denominations. The history of traditions and Biblical passages for various doctrines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dmayneone on July 22, 2010
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I bought this to replace 2 other copies I had loaned out and lost them to who ever. If you WANT to KNOW how pagan celebrations entered mainstream Christian religions, this is the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. J Wiener on December 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Like the Jewish Book of Why, The Christian Book of Why gives a fine overview of key elements of Christianity. Issues such as Jesus, holidays, life events, and customs are discussed in easy to read detail.
I would have liked to have read more questions and answers related to the differences between different denominations. An example would be the differences between the practices of Catholics and Protestants. As a non-Christian my understanding of this is not so strong.
Nonetheless, the Christian Book of Why is a very good resource for those who desire a general overview of the Christian religion.
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