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Book Review

Early Church


Retrieving the Tradition

& Renewing Evangelicalism

A Primer for Suspicious Protestants

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D. H. Williams is assistant professor of patristics and historical theology at Loyola University of Chicago.  He is an ordained Baptist minister.  ______________

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Author: D. H. Williams

Why Protestants should read the early Church Fathers.

This one-of-a-kind book is meant to help Protestant Christians read and receive the early church fathers as an essential part of their faith. 

Written primarily for the evangelical, independent, and free church communities, who remain largely suspicious of church history and the relationship between Scripture and Tradition, D. H. Williams clearly explains why every branch of today's church owes its heritage to the doctrinal foundation laid by post-apostolic Christianity.

Both A Baptist Minister, and a Professor at a Catholic University.

Speaking both as a Protestant Pastor, and as a professor at a Roman Catholic university, D. H. Williams is well positioned to sympathetically and constructively build a bridge between the patristic heritage and those Protestant evangelicals who have discarded or marginalized this heritage.

Williams' important work clears the ground for this bridging to take place, demonstrating that the Christian use of Scripture and the church's Tradition are historically and theologically interrelated.

Based on solid historical and theological scholarship, this volume shows that embracing the "catholic" roots of the faith will not lead to the loss of Protestant distinctiveness but is essential for preserving the Christian vision in our rapidly changing world. ___________________________

Copyright 2008 S.G.P. All rights reserved. 

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