Author: Carson, D.A.
Genre: Theology - General
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Tags: Doctrine / Theology

I was first drawn to this book because it bears the same title as Francis Schaeffer’s 1968 book.  It was almost as interesting but has no relationship to it.  But I also enjoy reading D.A. Carson, a mainstream evangelical who is usually very fair to his fundamentalist brethren.  This book is an overview of the Bible.  It starts with Genesis and works its way through to heaven and hell.  My only wish is that Carson had taken a stronger stand on creation.  All other subjects he meets squarely, but on that one he opted out.  Beyond that, however (and I don’t minimize that), this is a great view of the world and Christianity from the born-again believer’s perspective.  Carson makes some good comments on God’s love, faith, the short-comings of apocryphal books that are being pushed today as Scripture (e.g. The Gospel of Thomas), the literalness of heaven and hell, and many other prominent doctrines.  Some side notes I appreciated were, how Bible wine was always diluted with water, Babylon the Great usually representing Rome, and his criticism of many rewrites of history regarding Christianity.

 

Quotes from this book:

Francis Schaeffer on Community

“To us what there has been of the reality of community is living truthfully upon what the truth is.  Without the certainty of that truth, and the content of that truth, the call for community would float in midair and be one more utopia.  What there ha …