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RESOURCE ON THE "ISMS" AND CULTS OF CHURCH HISTORY AND TODAY

01/25/2016

Pastor Steve,

I am looking for a good resource that will list and explain to me all of the "-isms" and movements of church history. As I read books from other centuries, I get tripped up because I do not know the heresies and opposing views that the author is addressing. In my mind, I am thinking of a list like the one at the end of Banner's Edition of "Truth's Victory Over Error." But I would like one that includes more entries and has a little more detail for each one. I do not trust Google or Wikipedia so where can I read one page summary of Amyraldism, Erastianism, Socinianism, Neonomianism, or Landmarkism?
Adam


Adam,

Good to hear from you again. Let me give you different kinds of suggestions.

There are some inexpensive paperbacks by experts like:

Justin Holcomb, KNOW THE HERETICS; Zondervan
" " , KNOW THE CREEDS & COUNCILS; "

These two volumes are great at showing the main errors in church history, who taught it, etc. KNOW THE CREEDS & COUNCILS reminds us how important truth is and the work of the Spirit of God to nail down truth in the councils.

Iain Campbell, HEROES & HERETICS; Christian Focus
takes the reader through twenty centuries of good guys and bad guys and what they taught and how that helped or hindered the churches. Very good.

James McGoldrick, CHRISTIANITY & ITS COMPETITORS
(The New Faces of Old Heresy); Christian Focus
Covers some of the same ground and shows how these heresies are alive today and influential, though under another name.

Louis Berkhof, HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES; Banner of Truth--old reliable!

If you want to invest more money, try these sturdy and tried and true resource volumes:

J. D. Douglas,ed.; NEW INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY
OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH; Zondervan--covers the
whole church down through the centuries.

Daniel Reid, et al., eds.; DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIANITY
IN AMERICA; IVP--focused on America exclusively

Walter Elwell, ed.; EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY OF
THEOLOGY; Baker--very good standard reference

Sinclair Ferguson, et al.; eds; NEW DICTIONARY OF
THEOLOGY; IVP--ditto.

May the Lord help you in your choices.

Your Book Servant,

Steve Martin



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