This set of articles examines the subject of Christianity as I understand it after reading and studying the Bible over a period of some five decades, much reflection and consideration over that time, discussions with others, and a fair amount of actual practice. My goal is to explain what Christianity is, in simple laymen terms, for those who wish to understand it better. I don't know how useful it will be to someone who is already a practicing Christian. This is not intended as an evangelistic tool (I am not an evangelist), but as purely informational.

There are many traditions, groups, and doctrines that have developed over the last 2,000 years and I am sure that there will be those whose view of Christianity differs from mine, so I don't want to imply that I am giving you an unbiased, holistic and/or thorough overview of the subject matter. But I am non-sectarian, so you will be getting my honest personal beliefs on the subject. In those areas where I am aware of different viewpoints, feel that I understand them adequately, and where it will not bog down the article text, I will try to include references to these other views. However, I'm not intending to create a comprehensive comparison of the different Christian traditions or world religions.

My plan is to explain things in a logical, step by step, fashion - avoiding the use of terms that may be unfamiliar to the average person (or defining them as I go). Although this is an exercise in explaining what I believe, I will try to include the reasons why I believe it. Each article is built on the foundation of the preceeding articles, especially the first 11. Reading them out of sequence will leave out a lot of context since each article can't include a review of every point made previously. So, in the interest of avoiding misunderstandings, I advise not skipping ahead so that everything will be understood in its proper context.

I will be adding articles as I have time, but I am on no fixed schedule. I hesitate to even guess how often I'll write articles. But hopefully, what is here now will answer some of your questions.

Finally, although I'm confident that I've got the most important points right, I am always learning (sometimes unlearning or relearning) details. I am not a theologian, or a seminary professor, or a member of the clergy. If you want well-thought-out and detailed deep dives into the subject matter, you ought to check out the writings of such individuals as Deitrich Bonnhoffer, Watchman Nee, St. Augustine, Jonathan Edwards, Richard Baxter, John Calvin, Martin Luther, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, and many others. With me, you are getting the Reader's Digest version.