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Christianity for Dummies

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Get to know the beliefs and practices inspired by Jesus Christ

Discover what it means to be a Christian and follow the gospel

Curious about Christianity? This friendly guide helps you understand the basic teachings of the Christian faith, exploring the common ground that all Christians share, the differences among the major branches, the key events in Christian history, th
ebook, 412 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by For Dummies (first published March 5th 2004)
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Paul Bryant
Dec 03, 2014 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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- Vernon Dalhart, 1927

Let’s get this out of the way first : the winsome folksiness of this writer is hard to take. I had to have a bucket handy while I was reading. Example :

God made it clear from the get-go that following him meant letting the good times roll, while going against him would be a major bummer for all parties involved – yucky stuff like eternal death and judgement

Elsewhere, Adam and Eve are described as “the original dynamic
Dec 13, 2014 Dina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am pissed. I read a health book by this "for dummies" series that I really enjoyed, so I thought I should get a basic book to learn more about Christianity.

The purpose was to better understand history and basic belief system of the religion so as to be better informed. If I wanted to be converted, I would have walked into the nearest church.
What is this? "Christianity is the answer" pamphlet that Jehova's witnesses distribute? And to make things worse, the writer is trying to be witty, and d
May 13, 2010 Sheena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Christianity for Dummies" is a good source for the very basics -- identifying denominations, basic overviews of the Big Traditions, (Sacraments, etc) and a basic overview of Christian history. Rich Wagner does not have an apparent bias toward or against any denomination in particular, but does seem to write from the perspective of a Christian. I consider this a great reference for the non-theologian -- as with other books in the "Dummies" series, this book is written to be understood. Tough con ...more
Scott W.
Sep 21, 2011 Scott W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this is a very good overview of Christianity, and I learned quite a bit. It's not very in-depth, but it's exactly what I expected for a "...For Dummies" book. It's not an entirely objective book either, but the author makes it clear early on what his background and beliefs are and one doesn't need to agree with him 100% on everything to enjoy this book and learn something. A worthwhile read!
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book does a fantastic job of presenting beliefs and customs of a variety of Christians. I was surprised to learn so much about Eastern Orthodox Christian sects. The style of the book suffers from the same pitfalls as many contemporary evangelical preachers, with elaborate unnecessary movie references and corny self-deprecating humor, but it is still an effective and entertaining introduction to Christianity.
Oct 06, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent resource covering the basics of the Christian faith.
James Emmans
Not bad.
Jan 18, 2008 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although a Christian, so unaware of the denominational differences. This book helps.
Jul 18, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gives a really good synopsis of the history and denominational differences of Christianity. I learned a lot. It was also an easy read, like other '...for Dummies' books.
Aug 07, 2008 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mom
Recommended to Carol by: Found it at the library
Very informative! Typical Dummies book, but I did learn a lot about Christianity that I didn't know before or thought I knew but really didn't.
Oct 11, 2008 Glownthedarc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great! I recommend it to those who think they know everything, and those who know they don't.
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Richard Wagner is author of The Gospel Unplugged and several books in the For Dummies series, including Christianity For Dummies and Christian Prayer For Dummies. He is also publisher of, a Web site for challenging and encouraging Christians living in a digital, postmodern age. Richard has been an avid student of C.S. Lewis’s works for over 20 years.
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