Christianity for Dummies
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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...more
ebook, 412 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by For Dummies (first published March 5th 2004)
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"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
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.
Scott W.
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!
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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.
This book was great! I recommend it to those who think they know everything, and those who know they don't.
Although a Christian, so unaware of the denominational differences. This book helps.
Excellent resource covering the basics of the Christian faith.
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