Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Church's Favorite Flower - my book.

What did the Church Fathers (the leaders of the Church during the first several centuries of Church history) say regarding the doctrine commonly known as the "Five Points" of Calvinism (also known as TULIP)? 

This is an important question. One need only peruse the writings of the Reformers, i.e., Luther, Calvin, etc., to see the importance of the writings of the Church Fathers. The Reformers affirmed over and over again that they were standing in the stream of historic Christian doctrine. 

This book, The Church's Favorite Flower, which is loosely based on my Master of Divinity thesis, answers that question. I examine the five points: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and the Perseverance of the Saints, first defining these doctrines from Scripture, then demonstrate by a multitude of Patristic citations, that the Reformers were not innovators. The doctrines of the Reformers were the doctrines of the early Church's primary theologians.

I have a Facebook page for the book: https://www.facebook.com/tulipinthefathers, which is intended for discussion about the book and any updates. I will occasionally post excerpts and will be happy to answer any questions about the book, at the Facebook page.

The book is available in Kindle format, which can be downloaded to a Kindle device, to a PC or smartphone using the free Kindle app. It is reasonably priced and will provide the reader with a wealth of quotes from the Church Fathers.

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