Bercot, who is also a lawyer, takes the reader on a very stimulating journey in which we meet Polycarp (who was personally discipled by the apostle John) and other second-century witnesses. -- The Plough, April, 1990
Perhaps the single most important thing the book did for me was to introduce me in an unforgettable way to the early Christian writings. ...However, the author, David Bercot, does more than introduce the reader to the early Christians and their writings he advances a powerful and persuasive argument as to why we should take the early Christians and their writings seriously. This argument is basically similar to saying that the further upstream you go, the purer the waters should be. He makes a convincing case that these early Christian writers were in the best possible position to interpret and understand what the inspired writers had in mind when they wrote the New Testament. After all, some of these early Christian leaders were co-workers with the apostles and knew them personally. It is logical that they had a real advantage over us who read the Bible after nearly 2,000 years. -- Family Life, October, 1989
To say this book packs a jolt is an understatement. Bercot doesn't point fingers; he just tells it like it is, and no book other than Snyder's The Problem of Wineskins has affected my thinking of the church more than this one. This book has my highest recommendations. -- The Obligator, August, 1989
We've heard it all before. The church's decline began when Constantine named Christianity the religion of the Roman Empire. David Bercot recounts all this and more. He is deeply concerned with the church's lack of spirituality. He is upset that the church has adopted worldly standards of success rapid growth and wealth. He is right in feeling and expressing these concerns. And he expresses them well. -- Bookstore Journal, November, 1989
But this is not primarily a history book. It's a fresh, creative look at the problems facing the church today and the solution to those problems. It's a call for today's church to return to the simple holiness, unfailing love, and patient cross-bearing of the early Christians.
Will The Real Heretics Please Stand Up combines sound scholarship with a free-flowing, readable style designed for contemporary laypersons. If you're looking for superficial solutions to today's problems or a restatement of traditional answers, you will need to look elsewhere. This provocative book confronts traditional answers and challenges you to a deeper walk with God the walk of the early Christians.
Great to instill and cement biblical conviction from extra-biblical sources and compare today's religion to the early Christians.Published 4 months ago by minnyjc:)
The author uses the early Christians of the Fist and second century to prove to the reader what real truth looks like in action, and how it sounds by virtue of their writings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James R Wuthrich
I have many books on early Christianity, as well as the overall history of the period, and to say that this book is simplified with some very poor information is an understatement. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Grace O'Malley
I don't regularly review books, even ones that I feel can lead people astray. But I have some free time this morning after finishing this one, and I feel compelled to say something... Read morePublished 5 months ago by W. B. Kamffer
Mormon students of Early Christianity will find this book easy to read, interesting, and informative.Published 6 months ago by Scott T
This is an excellent book that led to some of us restoring that Early Christian experience.
Some are aware of facts presented here but many who are not should be made aware. This book is revealing of many of those factsPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for all who are interested in getting glimpse in the beliefs of the early (post-apostolic) Church, and seeing why and how certain beliefs were changed overtime. Read morePublished 13 months ago by AJ/DJ