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The Christian faith : an introduction to Christian doctrine
Gunton, Colin E.
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Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
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xii, 198 pages ; 24 cm
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This book offers a comprehensive and lively look at the Christian faith by internationally-respected theologian, Colin Gunton. Distilling a lifetime's experience of teaching and thought, this is a book for those who wish to understand the meaning and relevance of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity.

The order of the book follows the central themes of the Nicene Creed, the manifesto of the Christian faith. Beginning with consideration of creation and providence, it moves on to the person and work of Christ, and then to the human appropriation of belief and eschatology. A concluding chapter brings together, in a treatment of the Trinity, a discussion of the divine attributes and the doctrine of God that has been revealed in the process of the book's argument.

No other book offers such a comprehensive, systematic and accessible overview of the Christian faith. It will prove invaluable to students of introductory theology, as well as anyone interested in the fundamental claims of Christianity.

Author Notes

Colin E. Gunton is Professor of Christian Doctrine at King's College, London. He is the author of twelve books, and the editor of six others, including The Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine (1997). He is also Associate Minister of the United Reformed Church at Brentwood in Essex.

Table of Contents

Part I Foundations: 'Maker of Heaven and Earth'
1 Establishing: The Doctrine of Creation
The Mediation of Creation
The Meaning of the Doctrine of Creation
Creator and Creation
2 Providence
The Historical Context: Modern
The Historical Context: Ancient
Biblical Considerations
The content of the Doctrine of Providence
3 Man and Woman
Matter and Spirit
Personal Being
The Blessings of Finitude
Scripture and Theology
Conclusion to
Part I God the Father
Part II 'His only Son, our Lord'
4 'Suffered under Pontius Pilate': A Theology of Salvation
The Concept of Sin
Creation and Salvation
The People of the Promise
The Achievement of Salvation
5 The Identity of Jesus Christ
To Set the Scene
The Framework of Christology
The Problem of Dogma
6 'And was Made Man': The Incarnation and Humanity of Christ
The 'Becoming' of God the Son
Death and the Kingdom
Priesthood Realised
God the Son
Part III The Perfecting Cause: 'And in the Holy Spirit'
7 Christian Community and Human Society
Some Lessons of Christian History
The Words of Proclamation and of Scripture
The Elect Community
Church and the Social Order
8 The Shape of Christian Life
Justification: Living by Faith Alone
Sanctification: Living in the Realm of the Holy
9 The Last Enemy
10 The Triune God of Christian Confession
Experience Redeemed.'Economic' and 'Immanent' Trinities
The Difference the Trinity Makes
Index of Biblical References