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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1ST edition (January 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310276039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310276036
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Longtime collaborators Colson and Fickett address the very tenets of the Christian faith in order to renew ourselves as Christians and the Church as God's people. Generally they do this well, first offering an overview of challenges facing the church and then moving on to specific core issues. Chapter builds on chapter, from God Is to He Has Spoken to Truth and so on to Last Things. Especially thought-provoking is the question of why so many people accuse the Christian faith of being dry and brittle. One answer, the authors say, is the church's failure to teach what the faith is. Colson and Fickett call the church to rediscover the joy of orthodoxy, to renew the surrounding culture and to rethink how we live out faith. If there's ever been a time in which renewal was essential, it is today, they say. Those who know Colson's work will appreciate his pointed statements and bold words, while those looking for subtle shadings of doctrinal issues may be aghast at the lack thereof. The book's strength lies not in minutiae but in opening the discussion on orthodoxy and what living as a Christian means by going back to faith's beginnings. (Mar.)
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'...a winning combination of Christian apologetics and Christian doctrine -- a manifesto for looking at the world in a distinctly Christian way....'The Faith' is moved along by stories more than by systematic theology (though there's plenty of the latter in the book as well). Colson and Fickett bring together stories of courage and martyrdom from the annals of Christian history as well as riveting accounts of personal transformation from Colson's Prison Fellowship ministry. The contemporary stories help readers see what the Christian life looks like today. The ancient stories remind us that we are not the first generation of Christians to live this way. The stories aren't just inspirational. They're informative....[T]he book indeed works as both catechesis and as apologetic, a strong defense for traditional faith without sounding overly defensive. 'The Faith' is more a celebration of orthodoxy than a circling of the theological wagons. Its primary message is that Christianity is true, Christianity is good, and Christianity is beneficial for the world. Its primary method is to do so by explaining what Christianity is.' (Christianity Today)

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This is a very well written book.
Carl J. Schnooberger
The book summarizes key Christian doctrines, making it a useful primer for a generation of Christians that it increasingly ignorant of it's own worldview heritage.
Matthew Guerino
This is the first book that I have read by Colson, and I can honestly say it won't be the last.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By PWRW on January 30, 2008
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If you're going to read one book this year about the Christian faith, read the Bible. If you're going to read more than one book, then I'd strongly recommend The Faith. Mr. Colson, along with Harold Fickett, have written an accessible, yet profound, treatise about what Christians believe, why they believe it and why it matters. They have also written it with a palpable sense of urgency as they delve into issues of justice, God's existence, holiness, salvation, the sanctity of life and, of course, a topic near to Mr. Colson's heart, the topic of truth. This book will be an encouragement to all who read it and it's celebration of the Faith - given once, for all.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John C. Schimmel on February 1, 2008
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Based on the Jude 3 admonition to "vigorously defend the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints", this a great read to help all Christian discern and distinguish truth from opinion. The call for us to, as Gordon Pennington states it, "engage our culture rather than abandon it", permeates the text throughout. But not only that, the book helps us to identify THE TRUTH uncompromised.
We are thus challenged to not only winsomely be salt and light in a culture desperately looking for answers and finding none, but we are also reminded that engaging that culture is mandated by Jesus Christ himself (Matt 25: 34-40). "The Faith", faithful to scripture, identifies the right hills to die on, and encourages us that to engage our culture is a matter of obedience and not simply "polishing brass on a sinking ship".
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brett C. Fischer on January 16, 2008
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This is a must read book for everyone who claims to follow Jesus Christ. It is very well thought out and logically defends the Christian Faith and the importance of engaging our culture at such a time as this.

For those who don't believe the Christian Church should be involved in transforming culture, "The Faith" by Charles Colson provides a fresh perspective to why it is essential for Christians to remain engaged in culture. "The Faith" calls people of faith to be united in Christ and to love as Jesus loved.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hull on February 21, 2008
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The Faith by Chuck Colson and Harold Fickett defines the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Mr. Colson expresses alarm by the postmodern influence that has crept into our culture. He writes: "Most professing Christians don't know what they believe, and so can neither understand nor defend the Christian faith--much less live it" (p.9). Mr. Colson is right when he says that we have become self-absorbed, self-indulgent, and materialistic. These smack of idolatry. True Christians have not left God, but continue on as Christians of old. We understand the essential doctrines and work to prepare ourselves to defend our faith, while living out our faith in accordance with God's Word. Only God can change hearts and minds. The question is not whether all are called, but whether if all who are called will turn to Him. May it be so.

For those who are true Christians, The Faith is also a call to believers to rally around the faith in response to increased attacks on Christianity by secularism and radical Islam, for only the orthodox Christian faith can be a "bulwark of sanity and reason" against barbarism" (p. 223). How is this to be accomplished? Mr. Colson explains: "We have two divinely authorized commissions. The first is well known, the Great Commission, to make disciples and baptize them (Mat.28:19,). But the second is equally important. It is to bring the righteousness of God to bear on all of life, to take dominion, to carry out the tasks we are given in the first chapters of Genesis, to bring a redeeming influence into a fallen culture. I call this the Cultural Commission..." (p.107). The task is difficult, hindered by postmodern influences on the younger generation.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on March 7, 2008
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The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters by Charles Colson and Harold Fickett is a concise, cohesive, coherent look at why the United States most popular religion is still relevant despite the recent polemical diatribes that have been released saying otherwise.Colson sticks to orthodoxy in his explanation of tenets and doctrines without the pluralistic overtones taken by many of today's religious leaders.Colson pulls no punches and takes no prisoners while explaining issues about Jesus and the Trinity. On occasion, he even takes on Christopher Hitchins and Richard Dawkins who have attacked Christianity with an almost religious fervor and zeal. Colson doesn't stoop to their level; however, he avoids hate mongering and keeps a cool head while pointing out where their logic fails. This is a vital book for Christians to read and would make an excellent Bible study for churches.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Norris on January 29, 2008
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If you like Colson, you will love THE FAITH. It is without a doubt the easiest read, yet remarkably thorough. One might first get the impression that it is kind of like the Cliff Notes of How Now Shall We Live, yet amazingly Chuck does not cut any corners and is even more explicit and thorough. I guess it is sort of like what Lincoln said about his Gettysburg address; ...If I had more time, I would have made it shorter... Well, Chuck must have had a great deal of time because he successfully sums up why Christians believe what they believe and why they believe it in a very easy to read book and in about 240 pages - WOW! This may be his best book yet, frankly whether one is a Christian or not. I put it up there with C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity.
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