Wednesday, June 18, 2014
BOOK REVIEW: A small paperback offering knowledge worth gaining ...
Who is a heretic?
As a Christian, would you know heresy if you heard or read it?
Heresy isn't just the problem of biblically false teachings that plagued the church centuries ago, it's a very real problem within the church today. And many of the heresies being promoted today have their roots in heresies originally crafted long ago. That's why "Know The Heretics" by Justin Holcomb (published by Zondervan) is a valuable, small paperback that provides Christians with some basic knowledge worth gaining.
"Know The Heretics" provides well-written, concise information about a handful of the major heretics who most greatly challenged orthodox biblical teaching in the early church. So great was the impact of these heretics and their heresies that some of these heretical ideas are still being spread today.
Holcomb provides more than a summary about the heretics highlighted in this book, but doesn't drag the reader into the minutia of their lives. Each chapter focuses on a single heretic, with the chapters generally outlined as follows: historical background, the heretical teaching, the orthodox response, and the contemporary relevance.
"Know The Heretics" helps readers gain an understanding of what heresy is, and by providing insight into some of the primary heresies in the history of the church, this little book helps to equip readers with a basic capacity to identify heresy when they hear or read it. "Know The Heretics" is one small book that should take up a little space on any Christian's bookshelf.
I received this book free from HarperCollins Christian Publishing as part of their BookLook book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”