Reformed Theology Some Questions about the Early Church  Calvinism

Some Questions about the Early Church

Reformed Theology Some Questions about the Early Church  Calvinism
Some Questions about the Early Church

So, a friend of mine (who is a Calvinist) has been reading Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up: A New Look at Today's Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity, and it's starting to worry them that what they believe is wrong because the Early Church [supposedly] did not believe it. After skimming through the book it's plain to see that the author lacks scholarship, making claims which are obviously biased in favor of his opinion with nothing to back it up. For instance he calls Luther a pagan, because Luther supposedly quotes from the Roman Pagan poets (he's really down on Luther).

I'm worried about my friend. The author's goal is to show that Christianity post-Constantine is false and corrupted, and we should live and believe like the Early Church did. He talks like the Early Church is inerrant, and makes claims like the Early Church would be right about what they believed because they would have known the Apostles. My friend is becoming convinced of what the Author is presenting here, and I really want to help them. I believe that we stand on the shoulders of these giants, and that there are a lot of good things to learn from the Early Church, but I don't believe that they were completely without error. What is your opinion on the matter? Can the Early Church be trusted, and were their beliefs truly different than ours?

So, a friend of mine (who is a Calvinist) has been reading Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up: A New Look at Today’s Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity, and it’s starting to worry them that what they believe is wrong because the Early Church [supposedly] did not believe it. After skimming through the book it’s plain to see that the author lacks scholarship, making claims which are obviously biased in favor of his opinion with nothing to back it up. For instance he calls Luther a pagan, because Luther supposedly quotes from the Roman Pagan poets (he’s really down on Luther).I’m worried about my friend. The author’s goal is to show that Christianity post-Constantine is false and corrupted, and we should live and believe like the Early Church did. He talks like the Early Church is inerrant, and makes claims like the Early Church would be right about what they believed because they would have known the Apostles. My friend is becoming convinced of what the Author is presenting here, and I really want to help them. I believe that we stand on the shoulders of these giants, and that there are a lot of good things to learn from the Early Church, but I don’t believe that they were completely without error. What is your opinion on the matter? Can the Early Church be trusted, and were their beliefs truly different than ours?
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