John R.W. Stott
- Title: Basic Christianity
- Author: John R.W. Stott
- ISBN: 9780851103532
- Page: 337
- Format: Paperback
This book investigates basic Christianity who Jesus was, why he was crucified, whether he rose from the dead, and what it really means to be a Christian.
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The mission : to find a book explaining Christian belief which makes the least bit of sense.First attempt : Mere Christianity by C S Lewis. I think we know how that one went.Second attempt : Basic Christianity by John Stott***The foreword of this tells me there are few landmark books that everyone in the world should read – "this is one of the few". This is the 50 year anniversary edition of the book originally published in 1958 and "in the 21st century you cannot afford to ignore this book!" [...]
I've read maybe three or four really good books, besides the Bible, that have helped me in my walk with Christ. Tozer's "Pursuit of God", Lewis's "Mere Christianity", Bonhoeffers "Cost of Discipleship" and now Stott's "Basic Christianity". I was hesitant to read this book at first, thinking it would be a re-hash of so many books I've read already on this topic. I was wrong. Stott has a very direct way of explaining his points and backs up each claim with scripture, which I believe is a bit diffe [...]
Good for what it is. I would cautiously recommend it to someone who has just become a Christian and knows nothing about the faith. I guess the title is accurate, although it is slanted in favor of the Evangelical Protestant perspective entirely. I dislike the author's insistence that one use a modern translation of the Bible. It's as if the Protestant church has decided to bury the KJV as fast as possible. Sorry, I still prefer it.
I know I'm only 50+ years late to the party, but this is excellent. Clear, winsome, and surprisingly comprehensive. This must still be one of the go-to books for anyone wanting an introduction to the Christian faith.
It was a good book teaching what Christians should know. I especially enjoyed the last two chapters.
First sentence: 'In the beginning God,' the first four words of the Bible are more than an introduction to the creation story or to the book of Genesis. They supply the key which opens our understanding to the Bible as a whole. They tell us that the religion of the Bible is a religion of the initiative of God. Premise/plot: Basic Christianity by John Stott is a Christian classic for a reason: it is GOOD. It addresses the basics of the Christian faith: what sets Christianity apart from every othe [...]
So straightforward; I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
Earlier this year, at the age of 68, my father became an Anglican priest. He's never attended seminary or any other formal training, but he'd been serving as a lay reader and extremely dedicated volunteer to an extremely tiny and aging rural congregation, helping to keep it alive and even building it up.I'm not a religious person (I have that same vague attraction to mystery and 'spirituality' that so many of us can't define and can't easily reconcile with the rest of our outlook, but it's never [...]
No doubt I have significant differences with John Stott's theology on several points, but not much of that came up in this book though enough did for me to make it a four star rather than the five that it certainly was on the whole (e.g. use of images in worship, images of hell being symbolic rather than literal in Bible, and themes of limited atonement). Thankfully his seeming openness to an annihilation view of hell did not come out (I have read quotes about this tentative position from his co [...]
I needed to take this in small doses as Dr. Stott is an extremely intelegent man and digestion of his thoughts helps. I'd put this with Lewis's Mere Christanity as they sort of compliment. (I like Lewis best if I need to choose, but also like Dr, stoot. they both humble me.)
Clearer and more straightforward than Lewis's Mere Christianity, and more biblically grounded, but not nearly as delicious a read.
Fantastic short introduction to Christianity. Excellent to use with someone investigating Christianity or to ground the new believer. It’s also an excellent refresher for the mature Christian.
A number of years ago I had the opportunity to hear John Stott speak. The host was a Presbyterian Church that featured speakers both conservative and liberal. There was a large crowd that night, and I sat with a church member in the balcony. I don't remember the message, but I seem to remember it being solid evangelicalism. It was conservative but generous. I belive that describes Stott fairly well. He was conservative, but as a British evangelical, he lacked the political aggressiveness that ha [...]
I am reading several books to prepare for a Basics of the Christian faith book. I selected this book based on several recommendations. It is a good overall book, but with a Evangelistic bent. I was frustrated, however, upon finding several errors. One was a quote that proved to be completely wrong. The other was a few theological errors which was frustrating. The entire point of Basic Christianity is not introduce theology that is not very sound. This is a good book for someone who is already a [...]
Read and Keep as ResourceStott's short, well organized book forms an excellent introduction or much needed re-introduction to Christianity. He does well to begin the book by addressing the necessary frame of mind for the reader to benefit from the claims of the book. The statements he makes throughout are a bold and assertive presentation of Christian belief, but are made in a disarming, non-confrontational way. The tone is warm and friendly, which is uncommon for what is basically an apologetic [...]
As this book suggests, it is basic, but that is what makes it so good. This would be a good and quick read for any new Christian or anyone who had questions about the faith. It is short easy to read, and filled with wonderful exposition and apology. If you've think you've got it all figured out, you could benefit from this book. It will cause you to recall the foundation of your faith, and the cornerstone of your salvation. This book is Christ applied and lived out. This is an absolute Christian [...]
Simple read. I would say for an introduction to Christianity it's a good one to open up. It's not the "best" but still think it's worth handing to someone who is on the fence or looking into Christianity. Quick read, chapters on Christ are like cookies on the bottom shelf "easy to grasp", the back half of the book is very fitting for pointing someone to the proper response and expectation for a life submitted to Jesus. Give it a read.
First of all, this book was written by John Stott (who is ranked №82 in “100 most influential people in the world” by TIME in 2005), a private counselor on the spiritual issues of the Queen of the United Kingdom. I can say that it comes at the head of the books that need to be read about Christianity. The writer has both religion knowledge and good narrative style.
So many better books on basic Christianity. I'd never give this to someone wondering about the religion or person of Jesus. Severely outdated feel and language in my opinion.
A concise and refreshing book on the basic tenants of Christianity.
Good book for someone looking to lay a good Christian foundation
Super basic book on becoming a Christian. Very well written. If you know someone who is searching for truth, give them a copy of this book.
Stott makes some good points in this book. It's notable that he assumes Biblical authority in this book, without giving reasons to trust the authority of the Scriptures.
Excellent introduction to the Christian faith. I would recommend this very quickly to someone either investigating Christianity, or someone younger in their faith. Stott does a great job in this and it should be used as a resource across the board.
I liked some of the ideas introduced in this book, but I wasn't crazy about the writing. Also, I do thank that this book would not cover all of the basics of Christianity. The writer assumes knowledge on the readers part that could be confusing for someone who starts the book without previous knowledge.
A relatively early gospel exposition23 September 2013 There seems to be a plethora of books that run upon the theme of this book: a basic outline of the Christian faith with a plea at the end to give one's life to Christ and then what to do once you have made that step. However this book was originally published a lot earlier than I though since I originally though that it was released sometime in the early 70s, though I now notice that this particular book was released back in the late 50s. It [...]
I first gave this book three stars but after a day or two of reflection, I have scaled it back to just two. I picked this up after hearing the Reverend Earl Palmer describe it as a book that "every thinking Christian should read." Most of the things Earl recommends are solid, so when I stumbled across a copy of this in a box of giveaway books, I picked it up.The book itself is a straightforward Christian apologetic, with Stott making the case for the historical Jesus, followed by an explication [...]
I just started chapter 3 of Basic Christianity I just figured out what was bothering me. It's not what is being said, although there is a clear bias which the author himself fret admits to (I only hate a bias if the source tries to hide it). What's bothering me is that while Bible verses & religious leaders are cited, secular writings have not been so far. For instance, on page forty-six, Stott properly cites The Fact of Christ when he quotes it, but does not cite the Napoleon quote he used. [...]
My Christian reading and my spiritual thought life tends to run to the margins. I like to re-center at least once a year with a book like this. FYI I find it hilarious now that when I was in college Stott was a little too liberal for my taste. Ah how times change :-). Or well, how I change, I guess. selected quotes:The most striking feature of the teach Jesus is that he was constantly talking about himself This self-centredeness of the teaching of Jesus immediately sets his apart from the other [...]
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