What Christians Ought to Believe
By Michael F. Bird (Zondervan)
In What Christians Ought to Believe, author Michael F. Bird provides an introduction to Christian theology structured around the Apostle’s Creed. Bird’s unique style and clarity make this volume both approachable and thorough, suitable for beginners yet comprehensive in its scope.
Each of the book’s chapters reflects on a different clause of the Apostle’s Creed. The first chapter, “I Believe,” deals with the nature of religious beliefs; the second, “Believing in the Father,” examines the doctrine of God; and so on. This unique approach to Christian theology centers the discussion on Christian worship and makes the contents more immediately practical and applicable than most other overviews of Christian doctrine.
Bird’s work covers the full scope of Christian theology and deals with controversial issues with a remarkable mixture of caution and directness. What Christians Ought to Believe is perfect for use in a church setting because of its readability and sensitivity. Congregants across the theological spectrum will find this work celebrates Christian orthodoxy and unity and provides grounds for healthy discussion and spiritual growth. For readers seeking a sound and practical introduction to Christian doctrine, few books match What Christians Ought to Believe.
Jake Raabe, student
Truett Theological Seminary