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About Carl F. H. Henry’s Basics of the Faith:

A systematic theology from the pillars of evangelicalism.

Basics of the Faith is an overview of essential Christian doctrines from some of the best minds of mid-twentieth century evangelicalism around the globe. Originally appearing in the pages of Christianity Today during 1961-1962, this collection includes essays from influential theologians and biblical scholars including Philip E. Hughes on inspiration, Anthony A. Hoekema on the divine attributes, John Murray on sanctification, Cornelius Van Til on original sin, F. F. Bruce on the person of Christ, G. E. Ladd on the saving acts of God, Leon Morris on the atonement, and J. I. Packer on the nature of the church. This edition includes an introduction by Kevin J. Vanhoozer that lays out their original context and evaluates their ongoing significance. Approachable yet scholarly, Basics of the Faith is both a relevant systematic theology and celebration of evangelical heritage.

Since 1956, Christianity Today has been the voice of evangelicalism in America—a bellwether of theology, politics, and culture for evangelicals. The Best of Christianity Today is a new series, featuring the most enduring articles from decades of Christianity Today written by the most respected voices in modern evangelicalism. Lexham Press is proud to partner with Christianity Today to bring these treasures of evangelicalism’s heritage to readers today.


About the Author:

Carl F. H. Henry (1913–2003) was an evangelical Christian theologian. Henry earned degrees from Wheaton College, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Boston University. In 1942, he helped launch the National Association of Evangelicals and served on its board for many years. In 1956, he assisted Rev. Billy Graham in founding Christianity Today and served as the editor until 1968. Henry’s six-volume God, Revelation, and Authority has been widely influential in shaping evangelicals’ beliefs around the world.



“I have no doubt that through these short essays God laid in my heart a firm foundation for my formal studies and teaching in the theological field. I am delighted to see them available again.”

Dr. John Frame

Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary

“This collection of essays on theological topics, written by the leading scholars of the evangelical world in 1962, provides a wonderful testimony to the rapidly growing academic excellence, biblical faithfulness, and interdenominational cooperation of the pioneers of the modern evangelical movement.”

Wayne Grudem

Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

“Evangelicals are becoming theologically illiterate. This volume will help remedy that problem by enabling readers to sit at the feet of excellent evangelical thinkers from yesteryears.”

Gerald McDermott

Anglican Chair of Divinity, Director of the Institute of Anglican Studies, Beeson Divinity School

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