- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: IVP Academic; 03 edition (January 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830825762
- ISBN-13: 978-0830825769
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is a privilege to commend so sensible, clear and fruitful an overview of basic Christian belief . . . and Bruce Milne's fresh comments (in this third edition) make what was already a very useful book more useful still." (J. I. Packer)
About the Author
Bruce Milne was pastor of First Baptist Church in Vancouver, Canada, for many years. Today he travels the globe, preaching, teaching and encouraging pastoral leaders. He is the author of Know the Truth and The Bible Speaks Today volume The Message of John.
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Why four stars instead of five? To be honest I would have liked to seen more interaction with contemporary christian philosophical theology. It seemed to me that some questions were left hanging that could have been addressed if Milne had included that voice (e.g. his treatment of the Trinity, the atonement, the inspiration of scripture, our sense of the Divine and more). Also, the tone of his writing... one can tell that the man is a pastor, lol; much of it sounded suspiciously like a sermon. That's part of the problem though, it seems to me. At times it seemed to me that Milne asserted his points or proposed answers to problems that felt contrived and ad hoc. For example, on the section regarding inspiration, he suggested that believers, in the face of hammers of biblical criticism, may rest confident that the scriptures are indeed inspired via the inner testimony of the Holy Spirit. I do, in fact, grant his point but, as I noted above, his case could have been helped tremendously if he had been more conversant with contemporary philosophical theology, perhaps, in this instance, with Plantinga's Reformed Epistemology. The lack of the latter together with an tone that, I felt, gave short shrift to deep questions is the reason this book deserves four stars, IMO.
This book is very heavily footnoted with scripture within each section of text, and each chapter is followed by references to least a dozen works by scholars who have more thoroughly expounded the varying viewpoints. I found myself reading with my Bible open in order to verify Milne's exposition and I never found a single instance of scripture twisting.
Milne has opinions, but these are never shoved down the reader's throat, nor presented in such a way as to belittle other views within orthodox faith. Rather, Milne gives the scriptural support for each position AND also the scripture and interpretation which might mitigate against that position - even his own. Should the reader desire more information, the scripture in each section and the reference works at the end of the chapters provide a very good start.
Each chapter is also followed by discussion questions enabling the book to be used easily in a class discussion.
Milne also handles the cult and unorthodox position very well. He does not ridicule, but condemns frankly from scripture.