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Back to Basics: Rediscovering the Richness of the Reformed Faith Paperback – January 1, 1996
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"An excellent, concise presentation of the essence of Reformed faith. . . . a much needed wake-up call to the church." --R. C. Sproul
"Newcomers to Reformed thinking will be introduced to the wonderful majesty and unity of the great doctrines of the faith. Long-time members . . . will be able to fill in gaps in their understanding." --Marvin Olasky
". . . to the point . . . useful and intriguing . . . well suited to reach out to people in our age." --James Montgomery Boice</>b
About the Author
Hagopian graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in June of 1985, with a Bachelor of Arts in history and a minor in classical Greek. Thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California, graduating Order of the Coif. Mr. Hagopian is a business litigator for the Orange County law firm of Smith, Deverich, Ellison & Harraka and is a member of the California state Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the Christian Legal Society, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.
R. C. Sproul (Drs., Free University of Amsterdam) is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries.
Douglas J. Wilson holds an M.A. in philosophy and is pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, board member of Logos School, and editor of "Credenda/Agenda" magazine. He is the author of several books on classical Christian education, including "Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning", "Repairing the Ruins: The Classical and Christian Challenge to Education" (editor), "The Paideia of God and Other Essays on Education", and "The Case for Classical Christian Education". He and his wife Nancy have three children and loads of grandchildren.
Jones received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine, in 1986 and his Master of Arts in philosophy from the University of Southern California in 1990.
Roger Wagner is Pastor of Bayview Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Chula Vista California. He has been there for over 20 years.
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Top Customer Reviews
Doug Wilson, Doug Jones, Roger Wagner and David Hagopian have put together a well-rounded presentation of the Reformed Faith. As Roger Wagner, one of the authors, states, "the Reformed faith starts and stops with the sovereign and gracious God who has revealed Himself in Scripture." That's the focus and starting point for every discussion in the book.
Many authors simply complain about the condition of the Church. Not these authors. They exercise terrific insights, give helpful direction and pastoral-theological wisdom that really does encourage the student of Scripture. Each message is an example of compassion.
A short summary of the book from the book: "[God} is, and forever will be, preeminent in all things (Col. 1:18)." In all areas of life, God is primary and it is Him that we glorify in all things. Conversion, covenant, church and life, all things are for Him and through Him. The authors' theses are complete and clear. Their goal was accomplished: Why is Reformed theology such a good thing (or is it)?
This title is recommended by: RC Sproul, Jay Adams, E. Calvin Beisner, James Montgomery Boice, D. James Kennedy, John Frame, Jerry Bridges, GI Williamson and Steve Brown.
I was going through a rough time in my faith and I decided to re-examine things I had been taught in church when I stumbled on this little gem of a book. This book was the stepping stone to my discovering the Reformed faith and gave me a firm foundation that had never been built in my life. I continue to return to my copy from time to time for its concise examples, thoroughness and extremely readable style... my paperback edition is extremely dog-eared.
If you are interested in testing the waters of historical, evangelical Pretestantism, I heartily recommend this book as a launching point.
The book is divided into four sections, each written by a different author:
Doug Wilson contributes the chapters on salvation. He very able covers justification and predestination. Doug Jones contributes the section on covenantal theology. Covenant theology is the true heart of the Reformed viewpoint. These few chapters ably lay out the scriptural basis for it and explore the implications of it. A third section concerns the church, including its nature, the sacraments, and church discipline. This is the weakest section of the book, but still adequate for the overall purpose. Particularly, one wishes that more time would have been spent on the nature of worship and on the place of the sacraments in the corporate life of the church. Finally, Hagopian himself handles the section on the Christian life, which is mostly a theology of sanctification. This is perhaps the most immediately practical of the sections.
Each chapter ends with a dozen or so review questions. We are considering using this book in a Sunday school class, so that is a very definite plus. Any criticism that could be leveled against the book would be on the basis that it could have treated a subject more thoroughly, but doing so would have necessitated expanding the book beyond its purpose.