We live in a world increasingly separated from the Christian tradition and the basic understanding of the faith that previous ages might have taken for granted. The voices of faith seem increasingly strident and off-putting to many. There is a need for a calmer, basic introduction to faith that recognizes the value of doubt and the questions raised in a secular society. A systematic introduction to Christianity for newcomers needs to begin with a discussion of faith itself, which this new book does. It then moves on to a discussion of such Christian basics as God, Trinity, Church, sin, atonement, prayer, and Christian living.
Christopher L. Webber is well known in the Episcopal Church for his books. In addition to some 25 separate titles, he also has written hymns that are included in a number of hymnals. He writes frequently for the Living Church, Episcopal Life, Episcopal Cafe, Diocesan newspapers, in addition to his own web site: www.clwebber.com. Webber is a graduate of Princeton and has two earned degrees plus an honorary doctorate from the General Theological Seminary.