Newcomers to the church community need tools to navigate the Christian faith and a guide for connecting doctrine to real life. In a world that’s increasingly relative, author Andrew Petiprin helps readers discover unchanging truth based on God’s Word.
Truth Matters shows how core tenets of the Christian faith were affirmed over the centuries by faithful biblical scholars. Petiprin helps readers flourish in their faith by discovering the true answers to age-old questions like, “Who is God?” and “Who am I?”
Walking readers through many important doctrines of the Christian faith, Truth Matters supports those doctrines with Scripture and shows how they were developed carefully over the centuries by those who studied the Bible. As he engages with great thinkers of Christian tradition, including C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, and others, Petiprin guides readers to put on the mind of Christ, leaning in to challenging questions.
Mirroring the structure of traditional creeds, Truth Matters helps readers better understand truths about themselves by understanding the truth about God and his desire for a relationship with us. As readers learn more about how doctrine was debated and decided, they will also see that Truth never changes, and that the purpose of doctrine is to make Truth clearer than before.
As it champions the authentic teachings of the Christian faith, Truth Matters points to doctrine, liturgy, and tradition as a way to discover not just the truth about God, but to find God himself.
Andrew K. Petiprin is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee. He was a Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, and also holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Yale University. Andrew is author of Truth Matters: Knowing God and Yourself, and is a regular contributor to the Living Church magazine and other publications. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Amber, and their two children.
"In Truth Matters, Andrew Petiprin has woven an extraordinarily rich tapestry of hope, ideally suited for our perplexing times. Abounding in vibrant intellect and grounded in deep conviction, the book expertly weaves together the Creeds, the stories of the Israelites and the early church, and reflections from history and literature. An excellent and wide-ranging introduction to the beating heart of the faith."
David Zahl, Director of Mockingbird Ministries; Editor-in-Chief of the Mockingbird blog.
"We live in an uncertain and constantly changing world, where we need stability of the deep truths of the Christian faith and the promise of God’s guaranteed grace more than ever. With insight, joy, clarity, wit, and wisdom, Andrew Petiprin guides us through the ancient doctrines that have served Christ’s church for centuries and shows how these truths connect to our lives."
Justin S. Holcomb, Episcopal priest; seminary professor; author
"Deeply personal, intellectually acute, biblically rooted, and spiritually passionate, Truth Matters is a conversionary primer of the Christian faith for all stages of belief. Petitprin writes with ease and seriousness, drawing the reader into the high stakes of God’s life and work in Christ, bringing them to bear on common life, but without sacrificing the profundity of their substance. An uncommonly good book for personal reading and group teaching."
Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College, Toronto
"American Christianity often seems locked in a primordial struggle between experience and particular truth claims. Andrew Petiprin does not make the Christian choose. It is through the particular truth claims of the Creeds that Christians learn what it means to live and to die. Through careful theological analysis and personal reflection, Petiprin has written a book that should be required reading for those seeking to understand the close link between truth and discipleship."
Timothy P. O'Malley, Managing Director, McGrath Institute for Church Life; author of Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life
"Andrew Petiprin has written a book that shows us, as we reach out for truth, that truth itself is a person who reaches back to us with the hands of Christ."
James Matthew Wilson, Author of The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition
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