“Perkins wrote this book as an apologetic for Reformed (Reformation) Christianity to demonstrate that Reformed Protestantism was not a new religion, but the corrected progression of the Ancient Church.” ~from Dr. Joseph Pipa’s Introduction
Today Christians think of the Roman Catholic church as the oldest, most ancient form of Christianity. Evangelicals are often apathetic about their Christian heritage, and see little difference between themselves and Roman Catholics. In Reformed Catholic Puritan theologian William Perkins both shows that it is possible to genuinely respect Christian tradition and to disagree with the errors of Roman Catholicism. This book is not a debate over subtle points of doctrine, but over issues that continue to divide Christians to this day. These are truths worth fighting for.
“A declaration, showing how near we may come to the present church of Rome in sundry points of religion and wherein we must forever depart from them, with an advertisement to all favorers of the Roman religion, showing that the said religion is against the catholic principles and grounds of the catechism.
I write not this despising or hating their person for their religion [Roman Catholics], but wishing unfeignedly their conversion in the world, and their salvation in the world to come.” ~ from Perkins’s A Reformed Catholic
THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE SERIES: The authors in the Christian Heritage Series paid a high price for the words you see before you. Not all paid with blood, but each spent his life fighting for the truth. This faithful sacrifice has become a rich inheritance for the Church in our day, even though it is often neglected. The Christian Heritage Series aims to put these important theological classics on every Christian’s bookshelf in colorful, well-crafted, and affordable volumes, with introductions written by those that love the books and their heritage.
AUTHOR: William Perkins
INTRODUCTION: Joseph Pipa, Jr.
PAGE COUNT: 256 pages
ISBN 10: 1952410592
PUB. DATE: May 18, 2021
Taken by permission from The Works of William Perkins, Vol. 7, published by Reformed Heritage Books
I think most Christians today should read this book, it would be very helpful in a lot of ways.
This book is excellent! Perkins goes step by step through the distinctives of Protestantism from Catholicism. In doing so, those distinctives stand out very brightly as biblical truths. I've recommended this book to all of my family members.
Perkins powerfully argues that Protestantism is the Orthodox Church of the historic creeds and that the Roman Catholic Church is the progressive, liberal permutation of the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Perkins’ systematically walks through a myriad of theological sticking points with precision and accessibility.
Love the subject but hate the binding. Binding seems a bit cheap. Could use a better binding but the cover photo is excellent.
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