After Darkness, Light

After Darkness, Light

Distinctives of Reformed Theology

The five points of Calvinism and five "solas" of the Reformation are hallmarks of a Reformed understanding of Scripture. In this refreshing exploration of those truths, ten prominent contributors pay tribute to R. C. Sproul, whose name is virtually synonymous with these treasured Reformed distinctives. Contributors and topics include:

  • Martin Murphy - Total Depravity
  • Keith A. Mathison - Sola Scriptura
  • W. Robert Godfrey - Unconditional Election
  • Sinclair B. Ferguson - Sola Fide
  • O. Palmer Robertson - Definite Atonement
  • Michael S. Horton - Sola Gratia
  • Douglas J. Wilson - Irresistible Grace
  • John F. MacArthur - Solus Christus
  • Jay E. Adams - Perseverance of the Saints
  • R. C. Sproul Jr. - Soli Deo Gloria

The slogan Post Tenebras Lux—After Darkness, Light—described the dawn of a new era of understanding in the church during the Protestant Reformation. Today that same light of Scripture calls us out of the darkness of false teaching and misguided practice, to a renewed apprehension of our glorious, sovereign Savior.

"For almost a biblical generation, the ministry of R. C. Sproul has been transforming the convictions of evangelicals," says Edmund Clowney in the foreword to this work. He describes Sproul as "a morning star of a new reformation" whose teaching "brought robust Calvinism back into American evangelicalism."

It is fitting that Sproul be honored in a book that examines the "solas" of the Reformation and the five points of Calvinism. He has devoted an illustrious career to teaching and applying these truths with clarity and conviction.

In the spirit of Sproul's own writing, these essays are a clarion call to a richer understanding and appreciation of the central truths of the Christian faith.

"My father . . . has always believed that theology belongs to everyone. He has made it the center of his life's work, like that thundering bull Martin Luther, to teach the laity the fullness of the holiness of God, which finds its expression in the Reformed faith.
R. C. Sproul, Jr., from the Introduction

"We honor my father, then, by creating a book for everyone. What you hold is not a dusty, erudite tome, but a heartfelt celebration of the doctrines that define the Reformed faith and so define my father's ministry . . . Our goal is not that the ranks of those who see my father as a hero will swell, but rather that our vision of our true Hero will swell. Our goal, like Calvin's, is that as we understand the doctrines of grace better, we will worship God better."

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