Holding Faith

A Practical Introduction to Christian Doctrine

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Cynthia L. Rigby
  • Nashville, TN: 
    Abingdon Press
    , April
     408 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Aaron Klink forthcoming.


Theology matters - to our lives, and to the life of the world.

Martin Luther wrote: “Faith takes hold of Christ and has Him present, enclosing Him as a ring encloses a gem.” We hold faith as we seek to know Christ better, exploring Christian doctrines and deepening our understanding of their relevance to our day-to-day lives. Faith holds us as we respond to Christ’s calling, negotiate life’s challenges, and join in the work of bringing in God’s kingdom.

This introduction to Christian theology shows how various understandings of particular doctrines play out in relation to the way we live our lives. It explores the content of core Christian doctrines and celebrates the “so what?” of each. Using theological literature and Scripture, but also current events, sociology, fiction, and movies, Rigby shows that theology is key to how we come to understand and negotiate our world.  Holding Faith contends that some approaches to Christian doctrine are preferable to others, making persuasive arguments for creative ways of believing that can enliven our lives, and the life of the world. Theology has relevance because it can stymie or transform. How will we hold our faith?

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Cynthia L. Rigby is The W.C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas.  She is a general co-editor of  Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship (Westminster John Knox Press).

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