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Foundations of the Christian Faith

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  136 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In one systematic volume James Boice provides a readable overview of Christian theology. Students and pastors will both benefit from this rich source that covers all the major doctrines of Christianity. With scholarly rigor and a pastor's heart, Boice carefully opens the topics of the nature of God, the character of his natural and special revelation, the fall, and the per ...more
Hardcover, 740 pages
Published July 19th 1986 by IVP Academic (first published June 19th 1986)
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Apr 10, 2013 Jon rated it really liked it
This was the first Systematic Theology that I read, starting my senior year of Undergrad through my first year of my first Graduate degree. I had just come off of reading Knowing God by J.I. Packer. I think this was a clear and concise read and easily organized. He definitely takes a fairly reformed perspective (being Presbyterian). One of the weaknesses of this book is that there is not a lot of interaction with other theological backgrounds. In my opinion, if you are looking for an Evangelical ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Wallace rated it it was amazing
The book, just like a popular type of varnish, does what it says on the tin! It describes itself as '... a comprehensive and readable theology...', and it is! Montgomery Boice's style is eminently readable and understandable, and his many references and illustration are excellent. This volume should be owned and read by everyone who calls themselves a disciple of Jesus Christ ... without exception!

My only slight critical comment, is that I would have liked a little more theology on the second co
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Shelves: theology, 2015
Foundations of the Christian Faith is good as a broad evangelical systematic theology, with emphasis on a Reformed view of God's sovereignty throughout. In this work Boice doesn't really take sides on certain controversial issues, such as paedobaptism v. credo-baptism, or on pre-, post-, or amillennial views of eschatology (although, some of Boice's amil leanings creeps in here and there). Overall, I think this was a very good work, particularly for new believers to gain a firm footing in the Ch ...more
Aug 27, 2007 Maki rated it it was amazing
I read this book in college. It is meant to be a reference, but I read it cover to cover. It is a dense read and reads more like a textbook than anything else. But it gave me answers to theological questions I had, such as how were people in the Old Testament saved? What does it mean that Jesus was fully man and fully God? It provided the beginning of the foundation of my theological knowledge about Christianity.
G Walker
Nov 19, 2012 G Walker rated it it was ok
This would be a good reference for a highschooler or a first year college course on theology. Very basic in writing style. I take issue with some of his theological conclusions, but overall a good snap shot of contemporary/popular reformed theology in America. Very pastoral and devotional in style. Boice is a good communicator.
Jul 01, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it
If you like dealing with the arguments of "why" about the Bible then this is a great book!
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A readable theology.
Oct 11, 2008 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Reading this book did more to help me understand my faith and reformed doctrine. It may not be a best-seller, but for someone who grew up in a church of little teaching, this is a treasure.
Jimmy Fisher
An excellent book, Boice takes extremely difficult theological topics and makes them understandable and practical. Very helpful.
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Have read portions of this Systematic Theology. It is excellent.
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Boice received a diploma from The Stony Brook School (1956), an A.B. from Harvard University (1960), a B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1963), a Th.D from the University of Basel in Switzerland (1966), and a D.D., (honorary) from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church (1982).
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