Faith of Our Fathers is an interactive blog community focused on how the Reformers did disciple-making. It is also a place where we can sharpen our own understanding of Basic Christianity. For a quick orientation, check out the Faith of Our Fathers page and the Quick Hits page.
Site materials are organized on three levels. The first level introduces material from the Heidelberg Catechism, with Questions, Answers and Bible texts. There are many interesting and challenging thoughts here, which shouldn’t be surprising since the document was written by two of our Master Teachers (Zacharias Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus). To get started, check the Apostles Creed, Catechism or Providence categories, and follow up with the recommended posts that appear at the end of each article.
If you’ve got an observation or a question, or would like a recommendation about what to study next, please leave a comment.
The second level includes college level material from Caspar Olevianus and John Calvin. Dr. Olevianus was a pastor/scholar who taught at Heidelberg. His A Firm Foundation provides deep insights presented with pastoral applications. Review his pages in the header, or check for his name in the Categories links. John Calvin’s Truth For All Time presents timeless truth in clear, simple language. Check the Truth For All Time page in the header, or check Calvin in the Categories links.
The third level is seminary level material from Zacharias Ursinus’ Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, 659 pages. Dr. Ursinus was a scholar/pastor who used the Heidelberg Catechism questions and answers as an outline for his seminary lectures. His comments are detailed and weighty, but are filled with practical pastoral concern. Review his pages in the header, or check for his name in the Categories links. Don’t be intimidated. You can master his work. It will just take some effort. Feel free to ask questions as you go along.
Finally, you may not fit into a structured approach. When I was in graduate school, I read books by checking the table of contents and simply diving in where ever I was interested. If you are like that, just dive in and follow your interests.
Again, welcome to Faith of Our Fathers.
One last note: You may not be comfortable with the layout and software we’ve got here. If so, please try the other two sites listed in our Blog Roll. Interact is a magazine theme while Faculty Notes features bold titles and great readability. In the long run, Interact will include more articles by Martin Luther than the other sites.
Please enjoy your stay at the Faith of Our Fathers network.