James Montgomery Boice’s “Foundations of the Christian Faith” is a classic and favourite of many Christians from multiple creeds. The book has been reprinted, this time including a study guide in the back. The guide includes a chapter summary, key concepts, and questions to aid the individual reader or group discussion.
Boice states in the preface that this volume is not a “rehash” of John Calvin’s “Institutes of the Christian Religion,” but his intent was to cover the same ground in more readable language and to “introduce themes that Calvin did not treat.” The 790 page volume is made up of 4 books which are made up of multiple parts. Book one, entitled “the Sovereign God” deals with various things such as the authority and inspiration of Scripture, theology proper (the doctrine of God), and God’s creation. In book two, “God the Redeemer” Boice discusses the fall of mankind, law and grace, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. This is followed y books three “Awakening to God” and four “God and History” which cover how God saves sinners, the Christian life, the church, and finally eschatology (the end times).
Boice was a Presbyterian and so it should come as no surprise that this work comes from a Calvinistic-protestant view of things like justification by faith which I appreciated. I did not agree with everything however. He seemed to reject divine impassibility, though I’m not entirely certain that’s what he meant. I also disagree with his Premillenial view on eschatology.
The secret Presbyterian in me is not particularly fond of the image of Jesus on the cover of the book (see the second of ten commandments), but the contents, I believe are fantastic. The chapters are about 10 pages each, give or take, which makes one chapter at a time and reflection on each simple and accessible.
I love Boice’s thoroughness in his topics, while maintaining a readable style. I’m really not a fan of his Premillenialism, but I would still recommend this comprehensive work on the Christian faith to any new believer. The book could serve as both an introduction and a refresher to the “Foundations of the Christian Faith.”
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.