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The Faith We Confess: An Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articles Paperback – November 20, 2009
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Bray begins with some introductory material that is very helpful for the beginning student: a discussion of formularies and doctrine, the origin of the Articles, the revision of the Articles, and the structure of the Articles. All of this material is a great way to begin the book since it will help the student of Anglicanism begin his study with a historical and theological framework before launching into the Articles themselves.
"The Faith We Confess" proceeds with a discussion of each Article in turn. Bray's discussion of each article lasts several pages (some are definitely longer than others because there is a lot more to say about certain Articles compared to others). In his exposition of the Articles, Bray presents a very simple and clear understanding of each Article and often brings in useful theological or historical discussions. While Bray's discussion is good in general, I feel he's a little weak on the Sacraments. At other times, his discussion seems too brief to do justice to certain topics. Having said this, Bray does manage to give the readers some meat, despite the relative brevity of the book. Bray also includes with 2 appendices, a few questions for discussion at the end of each chapter, and an index of Scripture references.
"The Faith We Confess" is thus a good introduction to the 39 Articles. It's an introductory level exposition of the Articles, since the book is only a little more than 212 pages and Bray therefore leaves much unsaid. But by being so concise, "The Faith We Confess" may also make a deeper discussion of the Articles accessible to a larger audience. I find that it's too brief to be used as a seminary level text but think it would serve well in adult education classes in churches or for individual study by interested laymen.
Two other excellent commentaries on the Articles (both more in-depth than Bray's) are those by Harold Browne and W.H. Griffith Thomas.