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 historical reference to early christian beliefs.
This book will open your eyes and let you really see the truth from God's point of view, free from theology biases and just plain make you aware.
Again, I basically agree with Bercot on his criticism, I just would not use these early Christian fathers as evidence.
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 26 days 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 4 months ago by AJ/DJ
In Chapter 6 of "Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up", entitled "What They Believed About Salvation" Mr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TCM
This book has prompted me to much study and prayer. The people closest to the time were the least polluted by the traditions of men.Published 6 months ago by Duane12345
Excellent book! Gets you really thinking about how far are your beliefs from the original blueprint. I encourage everyone to read this book.Published 8 months ago by Linda Ferris
Great historical reference to early christian beliefs. Also easy to read and contains the history of disciples after the apostles.Published 10 months ago by William Stoots
Bought this book thinking it was the newest edition - was wrong. There's a third edition that is newest (the one I wanted to buy) but I figured this book was the same since they... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Caroline T.
Real Heretics basically met my expectations. In the book Bercot informs the reader that his first unedited version of Real Heretics was criticized for being too much of his own... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dillon F. Bender