In the preface to Foundations of the Christian Faith
, Originally published as a four-volume collection, this work provides a remarkably practical standard reference on all the major doctrines of Christianity. James Boice
recounts his search for a comprehensive, yet readable book to recommend to his church members - especially those in the early stages of their faith building. After concluding the content in the classics such as Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion
would be beneficial - though not very accessible, Boice recognized the need to provide a foundational work in a contemporary context.
With scholarly rigor and a pastor's heart, Boice undertook the task of writing a new work with the goal of providing such a contemporary and highly readable overview of Christian theology without it being a rehash of Calvin's Institutes.
Originally published as a four-volume collection in the late 1970s, the 1986 one-volume Foundations of the Christian Faith
represents the first major revision of this remarkably practical standard reference on all the major doctrines of Christianity.
Major Topics include:
- The knowledge of God and his attributes,
- The character of His natural and special revelation,
- The Person and the work of Christ,
- The Holy Spirit and his works of justification and sanctification,
- Disciplines of the Christian life,
- God's calling and power in the believer's life, and
- Doctrine of the end times
The great value of this resource is how it carefully explains and even diagrams vitally important doctrine, and then references the original source. This alone makes Foundations an excellent commentary on Calvin and the major reformers of his time, as well the contributions of contemporary reformed theologians. You will find every tenant of faith to be masterfully developed from an exegetical standpoint and thoroughly traced through the context of church history and world events.