(Book review) Faith Alone


Reviewed by: Tarah Zumbrun, a Professional Writing major at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: Faith Alone

Author: R.C. Sproul

Publisher: Baker

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Print book

Length: 209 pages

OVERVIEW

R. C. Sproul’s Faith Alone is an excellent, in-depth history and analysis of the difference between the Roman Catholic and Reformer views of the doctrine of justification. The Reformers’ beliefs stand firm in the idea that faith is all a sinner needs to be saved, but good works will surely follow if the faith is true. This means justification is only obtained through Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s grace. The Roman Catholic beliefs assume justification is a declaration from God that is first earned through inherent righteousness. This does not coincide with the Reformers’ doctrine of sola fide. The nature of these differing beliefs has sparked confusion, disagreements, and even wars. However, the way society responds to these differences has also evolved drastically since the controversy started.

Sproul uses examples from many unique authors, theologians, and prominent religious leaders to thoroughly explain the core of each side’s doctrines. It is impossible to read this book as a Christian and not learn something new about either the history of the church or the fundamental values of different branches of Christianity that are too often overlooked. Many Christians do not realize that the difference of interpretation and analysis of the Bible that started this conflict still remains today. Knowing what the Bible says about justification, faith, and works is crucial to having a relationship with the Lord, and this book can provide informative guidance in that journey to truth.

 

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

This book is perfect for any adult (18 or older) searching for truth and understanding regarding why Roman Catholics and Protestants hold their differing beliefs about justification.

Christian Impact

Having the knowledge and understanding to back up one’s beliefs is priceless. Reading this book will inspire introspection and curiosity into the current views of the church.

Note: 

The repetition and intensity of the information require patience and a dictionary.


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