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Defending First-Century Faith
Christian Witness in the New Testament

Overview


What is the gospel? And how was its first preached--and defended? Opposition of many kinds--religious, political, and cultural--met the early Christians in their eagerness to tell the world about Jesus Christ. The kinds of opposition they faced still exist in new guises and we can learn much from the sensitive way the apostles tackled them. While adapting their approach, the early Christians never watered down their message. "The Kingdom of God calls loudly for such men and women today," writes the author. Defending First-Century Faith is clear, concise, and deeply perceptive. It is factual, fresh, and inspiring and written by the most outstanding evangelical scholar in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century.
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Description


What is the gospel? And how was it first preached—and defended? In their eagerness to tell the world about Jesus Christ, early Christians met religious opposition (from the Jews), cultural opposition (from paganism), political opposition (from the Roman empire), and philosophical opposition (from “Christian deviations” such as legalism, Gnosticism, and Docetism). F.F. Bruce shows how early Christians responded to each such opposition. They did not accommodate themselves to the worldviews they encountered. For instance, the believers regarded prophecy and miracles as “the strongest evidences for the truth of the gospel,” says the author. “Today they are more often felt to be an embarrassment,” and Bruce challenges contemporary believers “to inculcate a new awareness of the authority of the Scriptures as God’s Word written, and a new awareness of the power of God at work in the world which he created.” Defending First-Century Faith is clear, concise, and deeply perceptive. It is factual, fresh and inspiring and written by the most outstanding evangelical scholar in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century.
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About the author


F.F. Bruce (1910-1990), known worldwide as the “dean of evangelical scholarship,” was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. A prolific writer, his commentary The Book of the Acts in the New International Commentary series is considered a classic. Bruce combined an immense contribution to evangelical scholarship with a passion for proclaiming the Bible as God’s guide for our lives. He used his great knowledge to explain the Bible simply and clearly.
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Book details

Genre:RELIGION

Subgenre:Christian Theology / Apologetics

Language:English

Pages:118

eBook ISBN:9781912149070


Overview


What is the gospel? And how was its first preached--and defended? Opposition of many kinds--religious, political, and cultural--met the early Christians in their eagerness to tell the world about Jesus Christ. The kinds of opposition they faced still exist in new guises and we can learn much from the sensitive way the apostles tackled them. While adapting their approach, the early Christians never watered down their message. "The Kingdom of God calls loudly for such men and women today," writes the author. Defending First-Century Faith is clear, concise, and deeply perceptive. It is factual, fresh, and inspiring and written by the most outstanding evangelical scholar in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Description


What is the gospel? And how was it first preached—and defended? In their eagerness to tell the world about Jesus Christ, early Christians met religious opposition (from the Jews), cultural opposition (from paganism), political opposition (from the Roman empire), and philosophical opposition (from “Christian deviations” such as legalism, Gnosticism, and Docetism). F.F. Bruce shows how early Christians responded to each such opposition. They did not accommodate themselves to the worldviews they encountered. For instance, the believers regarded prophecy and miracles as “the strongest evidences for the truth of the gospel,” says the author. “Today they are more often felt to be an embarrassment,” and Bruce challenges contemporary believers “to inculcate a new awareness of the authority of the Scriptures as God’s Word written, and a new awareness of the power of God at work in the world which he created.” Defending First-Century Faith is clear, concise, and deeply perceptive. It is factual, fresh and inspiring and written by the most outstanding evangelical scholar in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century.

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About the author


F.F. Bruce (1910-1990), known worldwide as the “dean of evangelical scholarship,” was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. A prolific writer, his commentary The Book of the Acts in the New International Commentary series is considered a classic. Bruce combined an immense contribution to evangelical scholarship with a passion for proclaiming the Bible as God’s guide for our lives. He used his great knowledge to explain the Bible simply and clearly.
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