The Faith by Charles Colson and Harold Fickett

It’s been a while since I last finished a book and wrote a review. Charles Colson and Harold Fickett’s The Faith is a refreshing read. Right;y subtitled “What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters,” The Faith is a book that discusses the important doctrines of the Christian faith. It is written “with the deep conviction that this is what people need to defend and live the Christian faith in the midst of the extraordinary challenges of our time.”1

While The Faith discusses the basic truths of Christianity, it is not your usual book on systematic theology. Aside from quoting Scripture, the authors seek to explain the basic doctrines by recounting stories, sometimes personal ones, and by drawing from numerous resources. Among these resources include the works of C.S. Lewis, John Stott, J. Gresham Machen, and Louis Berkhof. These authors, along with many others, profoundly influenced Colson.

In chapter 9, entitled Reconciliation, I find Colson discussing on the need for unity among denominations within the Church. I truly admire his ambition for reconciliation among these denominations. However, I believe this is impossible, as there are points among denominations that are irreconcilable. For example, evangelicals and catholics differ on their views of justification.

Colson, a co-signer in the document Evangelicals and Catholics Together, seems to treat evangelicalism and catholicism on level ground. Although I firmly believe that Colson holds deeply to evangelical convictions, I wished he was more explicit about it. This would properly distinguish evangelical and catholic beliefs, avoiding confusion.

This book is obviously a call to orthodoxy. Colson writes, “The people who are drawn away from historic orthodoxy are missing the most exciting thing in life—a drama without equal in human history, the promise of incomparable joy.”2 He continues, “Orthodoxy is not only important for enjoying life and understanding our relationship with God but also for our witness to the world. An essential factor in the success of Christianity in the early centuries was what Christians believed. Right doctrine led to right behavior, often with unforeseen but wonderful consequences.”3

Indeed, The Faith is a celebration of orthodoxy. I now join Rick Warren, J.I. Packer, Russell Moore, and many other Christian leaders in recommending this book to you.

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~ by Enzo Cortes on May 30, 2011.

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