Pillars of Grace: A.D. 100 - 1564 (A Long Line of Godly Men #2)

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Building on Foundations of Grace, in which he traced the threads of the doctrines of grace through the biblical books, DR. Steven J. Lawson here begins a thorough survey of church history, conclusively demonstrating that the doctrines of grace are not an innovation from late in time, but the consistent teaching and belief of those who have led the church from its beginnings.

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Building on Foundations of Grace, in which he traced the threads of the doctrines of grace through the biblical books, DR. Steven J. Lawson here begins a thorough survey of church history, conclusively demonstrating that the doctrines of grace are not an innovation from late in time, but the consistent teaching and belief of those who have led the church from its beginnings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781567692112
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 563
  • Sales rank: 1,168,038
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword J. Ligon Duncan III 1

From Foundations in the Bible to Pillars in Church History

Preface 9

Upholding The Doctrines of Grace

1 Pillars of Sovereign Grace 19

From Church Fathers to Protestant Reformers

2 First Among the Fathers 45

Apostolic Father: Clement of Rome

3 God-Bearer 61

Apostolic Father: Ignatius of Antioch

4 Defender of The Faith 75

Apologist Father Justin Martyr

5 Opposing Gnosticism 91

Apologist Father Irenaeus of Lyons

6 Father of Latin Theology 109

African Father Tertullian of Carthage

7 Master of Rhetoric 127

African Father Cyprian of Carthage

8 Against the World 145

African Father Athanasius of Alexandria

9 Resisting Arianism 163

Cappadocian Father Basil of Caesarea

10 Expositor of the Trinity 179

Cappadocian Father Gregory of Nazianzus

11 Imperial Conscience 195

Latin Father Ambrose of Milan

12 Guardian of Grace 213

Latin Father Augustine of Hippo

13 Spanish Scholar 255

Early Monastic Isidore of Seville

14 Champion for Predestination 275

Early Monastic Gottschalk of Orbais

15 Philosopher-Theologian 295

English Scholastic Anselm of Canterbury

16 Monastic Reformer 317

Latter Monastic Bernard of Clairvaux

17 Doctor Profundus 339

English Scholastic Thomas Bradwardine

18 Morning Star of the Reformation 357

English Pre-Reformer John Wycliffe

19 Fiery Forerunner 375

Bohemian Pre-Reformer John Hus

20 Fortress for Truth 393

German Reformer Martin Luther

21 Zurich Revolutionary 427

Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli

22 Prince of Translators 449

English Reformer William Tyndale

23 Covenant Theologian 479

Swiss Reformer Heinrich Bullinger

24 Theologian for the Ages 501

Swiss Reformer John Calvin

Afterword R. Albert Mohler 539

An Unexpected Continuity

Scripture Index 543

Subject Index 547

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Pillars of Grace

    Review by Matthew Everhard. Senior Pastor,
    Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Brooksville Florida.

    I recently had the saddening experience of watching two dear members leave our congregation. After two hour-long phone calls, I was able to get to the root of the issue: my recent sermons on the doctrine of election from Acts 9. Though I tried my best to dissuade them from leaving the fellowship, they were resolute. "We cannot, in good conscience, stay in a church that preaches predestination," they said. Although they had seen it in our written Confessions, heard of it in our new member's class, and been made aware of our doctrine in Sunday School, this was the last straw.

    It is because of this event that reading Steven Lawson's second volume of his "Long Line" series was such a healing salve to my bruised Calvinistic soul. Lawson takes great pains to trace the history of the preaching of the doctrines of grace, all the way from the Early Church Fathers (Clement, Ignatius, Justin Martyr), through the venerable pens of men like Augustine and Anselm, and ultimately to the Magisterial Reformers (Zwingli, Luther, and Calvin). Lawson adequately demonstrates that the preaching of the Sovereignty of God is by no means an aberrant teaching, confined to the peripheries and fringes of extremists, but rather is in fact the heartbeat of generations of orthodox evangelicals.

    All told, Lawson provides 23 biographical sketches outlining the circumstances that shaped some of history's most critical figures. Among them, Lawson's treatment of the life of William Tyndale stands out. Like a fast-paced novel, he chronicles the Reformer, who risked life and limb to translate the Bible into his beloved English vernacular. Often the reader will be awed at the providence of God and the incredible dangers His servants endured to give witness to His saving power. Lawson then surveys the influential writings of each man, often recommending their more persuasive books, letters, and tractates to the reader.

    Following these biographical sketches, Lawson proceeds to give ample evidence of the doctrines of grace in each man's teaching and writing. He follows a predictable format, rarely deviating, by showing how these men consistently taught: divine sovereignty, radical depravity, sovereign election, definite atonement, irresistible call, preserving grace, and divine reprobation.

    It is in these "sampling" sections that the reader will discover just how pervasive the doctrines of grace have been. Pastors, in particular will find deep resource material for doctrinal sermons, as Lawson has done a lifetime of research on our behalf. Often, Lawson provides upwards of 100 citations of a particular man's life and writing per chapter.

    Although Lawson's theological sections (essentially the last third of every chapter) grow repetitive at times, often stringing together quotation after quotation, his point comes across loud and clear: preaching the sovereignty of God is hardly a fringe "minority report" held by Calvin and a few of his more zealous followers. On the contrary, election, predestination, and the total depravity of man is at the very center of historic gospel preaching.

    Ultimately, Lawson's work provided this pastor with much fodder for reflection and preaching material. Even more importantly, Lawson r

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