You never know what you’re going to find at a library sale. Hidden amongst the piles of self-help books, DIY manuals, and the worst kids books ever published, my wife made an amazing discovery: a 107-year-old copy of Difficulties In The Bible by R.A. Torrey, which offers answers to the alleged errors and contradictions found in the Bible from a decidedly late Victorian perspective.
I love books like this. I don’t always agree with what I read in them (but that’s no surprise), but I always find much to learn from them. Reading the works of men like Spurgeon, Chesterton, Bunyan, and Augustine, especially as a new believer, helped me gain a greater appreciation for the historical richness of the Christian faith. This is one of the reasons why I’m grateful we include quotes from figures like these in our curriculum. We want Christians to get a taste of the richness these voices from church history can bring to our own faith.
And this is also why I’m grateful that B&H has produced a new collection featuring the works of eight of these great voices from the past, The Legacy of Faith Library.
In my mind, there has never been a better time for a series like this. Christians in our day need to remember stories of heroism under trial—Augustine defending Christianity against its pagan critics and Luther standing before the Roman Catholic magisterium.
We need to defend the faith with the wit of Chesterton and the humility of Andrew Murray. We need to embrace Jonathan Edwards’ all-surpassing vision of the beauty of God and John Wesley’s evangelistic urgency.
We need to recapture Charles Spurgeon’s ability to proclaim the liberating power of the gospel and John Bunyan’s ability to make these truths accessible even to children.
We can learn so much from these men, especially as we desire to be show the world the “better-ness” of the gospel in our own day. The beauty of grace, the wonder of forgiveness, and the freedom of self-forgetfulness. I need these voices. We need these voices.
Learn more about the Legacy of Faith Library at legacyoffaithlibrary.net.