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Basic Christianity [Paperback]

John Stott
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January 2007 IVP Classics

Who is Jesus Christ? If he is not who he said he was, and if he did not do what he said he had come to do, the whole superstructure of Christianity crumbles in ruins to the ground. Is it plausible that Jesus was truly divine? And what might this mean for us?

John Stott's clear, classic statement examines the historical facts on which Christianity stands. Here is a sound, sensible guide for all who seek an intellectually satisfying explanation of the Christian faith.

  • People investigating Christianity
  • CBA readers
  • Evangelists
  • New Christians

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  • A new edition of an IVP classic.
  • Over 2.5 million copies sold.
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  • Great for those searching for the truth in Christ.

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Grover Gardner can read anything. His clear, direct, and expressive delivery of this title is engaging. Anyone who finds him- or herself questioning the claims of Christianity should spend time with this book. Author Stott clearly and concisely defends the doctrines of the Bible and describes how the tenets of Scripture can be incorporated into a Christian's life. This is good for intellectual listeners, as well as for those seeking a simple explanation of the Gospel. Stott has written books sold in the millions and in many different languages. Grover Gardner's great ability to read aloud makes this a winner as an audiobook. N.L. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading... Feb. 24 2004
If the average non Christian consumer were to begin considering conversion, spending less than an hour perusing a Christian book section or facing the lists of churches in the Yellow Pages would be enough to confuse them to the point of reconsidering. Christians come in all shapes, sizes, and variants. Although Paul encouraged unity in the Body of Christ, it has never been achieved. What we all agree on is a short list.
Despite that, there are some essentials that belong in every church, whether Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, or non Demoninational. John Stott has taken the vital facts that you must believe to be called Christian and placed them in a straightforward easy to read book. With a precision akin to Lee Strobel's Case for Christ, he lines out the ABC's of faith. The logic of the Resurrection to the deeper meanings in the Ten Commandments are laid out concisely.
*** Long time believers may not have any "aha" moments, but if they read this, they will have more to defend their faith than "it's true because it is written and I believe it." New believers or seekers will know what is most basic without the rigamorole variations that difer from sect to sect. ***
Amanda Killgore
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Although I wouldn't rank this book as high up as, say, C.S. Lewis' _Mere Christianity_, I would still recommend it for a basic introduction to Christianity. Beginning with a few chapters on the evidence of Christ's ministry on earth, Stott continues on to show that all are sinners, and that we all have a need for the forgiveness Christ offers in the cross. This was all great and encouraging reading.
The last few chapters -- covering the appropriate response to what the previous chapters explained -- left me a little unsatisfied. Stott valuably explained the need to count the cost of submitting to Christ's lordship, but he offered scant advice on how to live after becoming a Christian, and what Christians' purpose is on earth. What little he *did* say was good, but in a primer on the Christian faith, I would like to see more about how to live in the church, and how to advance Christ's kingdom on earth. A little more practical advice here and there would have been nice.
So, good stuff. But _Mere Christianity_ is still my favorite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christianity 101 June 24 2001
By Murray
Basic Christianity is just that and more. Stott writes with the purpose to simply inform the novice. He does this in a way that is easy to read, and without a perpensity for big theological words. First and foremost the author centres on Jesus Christ, His person, and work.
The chapters 5 and 6 explain from the Bible the deity of Christ, both His direct and indirect claims to be God in man. The author's argument is uncomfortable when he calls Jesus claims to deity egocentric; for that would make Jesus a phony. Nevertheless, the author continues to unpack his fundamental disposition supporting Jesus' claims of deity as true. The point being that if Jesus' claims are not true, then He was a phony and no global people movement such as the church could be sustained for 2 millennium based on the distorted word of a egomaniac.
The author answers the central question of "Who needs Christ?" Stott does this by describing sin in a basic way, as pride and self-deification among its other Biblical definitions. Sin has sadly cut mankind off from God to the point that people perceive God as angry and far away. This then, is why people need Christ, to bring them back into fellowship with God. Therefore, Christ's unselfish sacrifice is the peace-making event that restores fellowship with God. This Easter triumph inaugurates the age of the promised Holy Spirit and the beginning of the church.
In the last chapter called "Man's Response" I found many helpful pointers for the novice. Stott points out that being born in a so-called Christian nation is not enough for salvation, but the seeking individual must open one's heart to Jesus to be saved.
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For those skeptics who desire to have a purpose in life and who turn to Christianity for possible answers, but who don't want to "compromise" their intellect by believing in the "impossible," John Stott's book, "Basic Christianity," is an absolute MUST READ! Our God is one of intellect and logic as much as He is one of miraculous splendor. He gave us a thinking mind as well as a feeling heart, and he intends us to use them both when seeking Him. If one truly opens his/her mind and heart, the God of the Holy Scriptures will satisfy both. John Stott is a very well-educated man who wants to communicate the gospel in its entire intellectual and spiritual truth, and he will not leave one with unanswered questions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the small type scare you Oct. 12 2000
Stott is marvelous describing who is Jesus, what is sin, what did Jesus do, and what should be the individual's response. He has a clear way of describing the truly important beliefs of the Christian church. I do have two complaints, one major and one minor. I'm curious how a book entitled "Basic Christianity" could be devoid of any mention of the character of God, including the Trinity. Much is made of the nature of Christ, but I do not remember reading about God's nature. The minor complaint is that book's type is so small--maybe this is the way to keep the price down on a very powerful 142-page book. Don't let my complaints keep you away from a very wise investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Information for new Christians
I have not finished reading this book yet, but so far I have found it very interesting, informative and helpful in understanding Christianity.
Published 18 months ago by Nancy Coughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Christianity
Wonderful reading, clear and concise. Very good, convincing reasoning. A must read for every Christian. Great apologetic book to read.
Published 19 months ago by E Yao
2.0 out of 5 stars What gives?
A thread of unconscious doubt runs through this book. Whence do we get "intellectual suicide" as a non-requirement to consider the deity of Jesus (pg 8)? Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Primer
Stott describes basic Christianity in detail and then lays out a convincing plan of action for believers. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2001 by Peter Kenney
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Helpful Book for Christians New and Old
Stott's Basic Christianity is a very practical, easy-to-read introduction to the Christian life. Who is God? Who is Christ? What is sin? What does being a Christian mean? Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2000 by A. Wolverton
5.0 out of 5 stars classic intro
This is a great book which discusses Christianity's foundational beliefs. Just four parts. Jesus' person. Our sin and need for a savior. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2000 by Geoffrey S. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, succinct explanation of what Christianity is.
This book explains the bare bones tenets of the Christian faith which are shared by all Christian denominations. Read more
Published on June 2 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book I will read again.
This is one of the most precise to the point books on Christianity that I have read. Stott writes in a down to earth no extras way that keeps you on track with his message. Read more
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