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One of the Most Important Works You’ve Never Read

a-system-of-christian-theologyJohann Heinrich Alsted wrote: “The article of justification is said to be the article by which the church stands or falls.”  The Reformers sought to recover this vital doctrine, which is at the very heart of the gospel. Brave men such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Heinrich Bullinger, Theodore Beza, John Knox, and many others gave their lives—often literally—to recover this quintessential doctrine of grace.

But the Reformation recovery of these great truths was immediately threatened by two very different, but equally militant, movements—the Counter-Reformation and the Radical Reformation. The Reformers wrote a great body of literature to guide the church through the time’s treacherous waters, but one generation after the Reformation, there remained little in the way of a comprehensive, rigorously systematized synthesis of Reformed theology to preserve the Reformers’ legacy.

Christian ethics, the needs of the church, and more

In the midst of this battle for truth, the gifted scholar Amandus Polanus provided the Reformed churches with one of the earliest and most extensive Reformed systematic theologies: the Syntagma. This monumental achievement synthesizes the body of Reformed theology into a coherent and rigorous system. Not only does it preserve and defend the Reformers’ original theology; it also presents it in a precise, nuanced way. The Syntagma covers all the topics addressed in standard theologies, and addresses the church’s practical needs with an extensive treatment of Christian ethics.

Polanus’ importance as a preserver of the Reformed tradition and a shaper of its development is undeniable. As a student, he was trained at Basel by Calvin’s successor, Theodore Beza. He later became an influential professor at Basel, where he instructed important figures such as Johannes Wollebius and others who would become the next generation of Reformed theologians and ministers. Polanus’ work served as one of the primary sources that would go on to influence the enduring Reformed confessions, such as the Canons of Dort and the Westminster Standards.

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Lexham Press wants to produce the first-ever English translation of Polanus’ Syntagma, previously available only in rare Latin editions—but we need your help. The more pre-orders we get for this classic, the more quickly we can get it to you. Pre-order your copy of Polanus’ A System of Christian Theology today, and join Polanus in preserving the legacy of the Reformation.

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Important Patristic Documents Now Available on Community Pricing

The Patrologia Latina, GraecaSyriaca,and Orientalis represent some of the church’s most extensive, important primary-source documents. They contain the writings of the early and medieval Fathers and Doctors of the Church in Greek, Latin, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Slavonic, and Syriac. These texts are invaluable for anyone interested in patristics, church history, historical and systematic theology, textual criticism, or original-language study. In fact, the Patrologia Latina and Graeca served as the translation base for Philip Schaff’s Early Church Fathers and have been the bedrock for theological and historical studies of the Church Fathers.

PatrologiaThe Patrologiae Cursus Completus: Series Latina (Patrologia Latina for short), roughly translated “Complete Course on Patrology, Latin Series,” was published by Jacques Paul Migne between 1844 and 1864. The 221 volumes and approximately 150,000 pages that compose this important collection contain the writings of the Latin Fathers from Turtullian (in AD 200) to Pope Innocent III in (AD 1216). Each volume of the Patrologia Latina contains not only Latin editions, but also lengthy dissertations, introductions, critical apparatuses, and other supplementary material written in Latin. With the Patrologia Latina, you can research valuable but difficult-to-find works, like Radbertus’ and Ratramnus’ ninth-century writings on the Eucharist, which contain the earliest debate on transubstantiation and provide a window into the doctrine’s emergence and development.

The Patrologiae Cursus Completus: Series Graeca (Patrologia Graeca for short), roughly translated “Complete Course on Patrology, Greek Series,” was published by Jacques Paul Migne between 1857 and 1866. These 167 volumes and 110,000-plus pages contain the writings of the Greek Fathers from the late first or early second century to the fifteenth century. Many editions also contain notes on textual variants found among other manuscripts, along with explanatory material written in Latin. In addition to the 161 volumes of the PG (166 print volumes), the Logos edition also includes the later published index to the PG compiled by Ferdinandus Cavallera. With it, you can find entries by author, work, date, or subject. For those wanting to read important but obscure texts in their original languages, the Patrologia Graeca is a must. For example, you can read the Cappadocian Fathers, whose works were so important for formulating the doctrine of the Trinity against Sabellianism and tritheism.

These collections are not facsimile editions of page scans; they are full-blown, full-text Logos resources. Search, for example, for every occurrence of the word “filioque” to trace the important debate surrounding the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Son—a conflict that contributed to the Great Schism of 1054 between the Eastern and Western Churches. Search for “facienti quod en se est” to look for discussions on Franciscan pactum theology, which was so important for the controversies surrounding the Reformation era. Search for “θεοτοκος” or “ομοουσιος” to trace the important debates surrounding the deity of Christ.

Whether you’re Protestant, Orthodox, or Roman Catholic, if you want to delve into Christianity’s roots, these invaluable works will yield fruitful research not possible with print editions—and for a fraction of the price. Bid now to get an unbelievably low price with Community Pricing.