“After Darkness, Light: Distinctives of Reformed Theology is a series of essays by various authors in honor of the ministry of R.C. Sproul. Compiled and edited by R.C. Sproul, Jr., the book contains ten chapters, each written by a pastor or Bible teacher, explaining the major points of Reformation theology. Sproul, Jr. says in the introduction, “What you hold is not a dusty, erudite tome, but a heartfelt celebration of the doctrines that define the Reformed faith and so define my father’s ministry.” This captures the essence of the book exactly; as someone with no theological degree after my name, I found this captivating, enthralling reading.
“The only exposure many people have to Calvinist teaching (including many Christians) is a brief mention in their high school history and English classes, usually in association with reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. The impression left upon the student is vague and confusing at best, negative at it’s worst. Here, the doctrines of total depravity, unconditional election, definite atonement, sola Christus, and others are explained so clearly that even someone with no other background in the material can understand it. It is subject matter to be savored; each paragraph prompted praise to God and thoughtful reflection. This is one of those rare books that ends too soon!” – Pam Glass, Christian Book Previews.com
"...the book sheds light upon several shadowy places in the modern church. Thus, justifying its title: After Darkness, Light." -- Steve Warhurst, Every Thought Captive, May/June 2003
"Here we have a Calvinist's 'dream team' producing the best overview of Reformed Theology in print...a fitting tribute to one of the most influential teachers in recent memory." -- The Discerning Reader
"For almost a biblical generation, the ministry of R.C. Sproul has been transforming the convictions of evangelicals," says Edmund Clowney in the foreword to this work. He describes Sproul as "a morning star of a new reformation" whose teaching "brought robust Calvinism back into American evangelicalissm."
It is fitting that Sproul be honored in a book that examines the "solas" of the Reformation and the five points of Calvinism. He has devoted an illustrious career to teaching and applying these truths with clarity and conviction.
In the spirit of Sproul's own writing, these essays are a clarion call to a richer understanding and appreciation of the central truths of the Christian faith.
"My father...has always believed that theology belongs to everyone," says R.C. Sproul Jr. in the introduction. "He has made it the center of his life's work, like that thundering bull Martin Luther, to teach the laity the fullness of the holiness of God, which finds its expression in the Reformed faith.
"We honor my father, then, by creating a book for everyone. What you hold is not a dusty, erudite tome, but a heartfelt celebration of the doctrines that define the Reformed faith and so define my father's ministry...Our goal is not that the ranks of those who see my father as a hero will swell, but rather that our vision of our true Hero will swell. Our goal, like Calvin's, is that as we understand the doctrines of grace better, we will worship God better."
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