This book, written in 1998, was authored by R.C. Sproul. It provides clear and concise descriptions of over 100 key Christian doctrines. Dr. Sproul is a master theologian. However, this book is written in a way that an inexperienced Christian or nonbeliever could follow it.
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith spends three or fewer pages describing each of the 100 most intriguing topics in Christian doctrine. Dr. Sproul helps to easily describe the Calvinist or Reformed view point in a way that is comprehendible for all.
This work does not go into scholarly discussions about these topics. It is not intended for that. What it does do is provide an introduction or refresher on the issues. If you pick up this book thinking you will find weighty and in-depth arguments, move on. Dr. Sproul has written dozens of other books for that. This book is designed to provide overviews and basic understanding.
Don’t get me wrong. Sproul covers some very heavy topics like the Canon of Scripture, the Omnipotence of God, Jesus as Mediator, Predestination, Free Will, the Sabbath, Legalism and so much more. With every topic being no more then three pages, this book is a perfect resource for daily devotionals, Bible studies or family devotionals. In addition each topic concludes with summary statements and supporting Bible passages. There is also a very useful Scripture index at the end.
Sproul’s Essential Truths of the Christian Faith is a great work for any new believer or advanced theologian. It is something you will refer back to often.