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Doctrine

What Christians Should Believe

Author Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears
Narrator Sean Runnette
Runtime 15 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date November 18, 2009
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Doctrine is the word Christians use to define the truth-claims revealed in Holy Scripture. Of course there is a multitude of churches, church networks, and denominations, each with their own doctrinal statement with many points of disagreement.

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Doctrine is the word Christians use to define the truth-claims revealed in Holy Scripture. Of course there is a multitude of churches, church networks, and denominations, each with their own doctrinal statement with many points of disagreement. But while Christians disagree on a number of doctrines, there are key elements that cannot be denied by anyone claiming to be a follower of Jesus.

In Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, Driscoll and Breshears teach thirteen of these key elements. This meaty yet readable overview of basic doctrine will help Christians clarify and articulate their beliefs in accordance with the Bible.

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Excellent book, sound theology, highly recommend it.
Excellent book, sound theology, highly recommend it.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/11/2017)
Good book, doesn't quite fit audio format
Not being a Driscoll fan, I was surprised how much I enjoyed and agreed with this book. It is very hard to review an audio-book in depth as you don't have a ready reference to which to turn. This book in particular, which is very dense, follows an almost catechetical format, and would be at home in the class-room, took some getting used to in the audio-format. The narration also took some getting used to, something about the inflection in the narrator's voice, I think. However, it was clear and helped understanding. I would recommend reading a text version of Doctrine, but be prepared for some time and work, it's taken me months to get through the audio book (listening in the car when alone).

As the title suggests, Doctrine covers major Christian beliefs such as creation, the Bible, sin and judgment (and others, about 13 in all). In some ways it is a reiteration of classic Reformed Evangelical teaching, but adds a contemporary and accessible flavour through the application and illustrations. It is thoroughly biblical, weighing and critiquing alternative views and then often arguing for one based on how they see the evidence. In this way the approach and conclusions are conservative and biblical. The authors affirm 6 day special creation, for example, the eternal conscious punishment of the unrepentant, and the complementarian view of women in ministry.

I don't agree with all of the authors' conclusions, but only over what I consider secondary matters, and they certainly are very orthodox. In cases of disagreement, their presentation of the alternatives helped me locate and think through my own views on the spectrum. However, there were moments of brilliance, particularly in one of the later chapters dealing with stewardship and consumerism.

I started this book when I was a pastor looking for a resource for young adults to get a grip on basic doctrine. I would recommend it for this purpose, although it would probably be best for group work - both to encourage perseverance in reading, and to flesh out the challenging discussion it contains. But even as a post-graduate trained pastor I found it worthwhile and even, in places, refreshing.

3 stars (subjectively on the Good Reads scale, maybe 4 stars if one considers its value) - I like it, but it is hard work and doesn't fit the audio format so well (although if it's the difference between reading and not reading, get it on audio!).
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Review by / (Posted on 8/9/2011)
Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe was...
Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe was a completely enjoyable book. After I finished listening to this book, I ordered a hard copy of the book so I could go back through it.

It is exactly what it sounds like: a book on Christian Doctrine. It is different than most theology books that I have read. Specifically regarding the format of the book and the breakdown of the topics. Everything is from the perspective of what God is doing. I loved this approach because it gives way for the bigger scope of the Bible.

Though there were a few points and conclusions that I did not agree with, most of those disagreements were left on the sidelines so I could enjoy the great agreements on the big-picture topics!

I highly recommend this book both in hardback and in audio! The Christian Audio version left me feeling like I had just sat down to listen to a direct personal interview with Driscoll and Breshears.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/4/2010)
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