Our purpose is to promote historic, reformed Christianity by providing in one location a collection of the best theological literature from 1800 to today available for free on the internet. Select works from the reformation and puritan periods are included as well.
The technological advance of online libraries (Google Books, Internet Archive, etc) has opened up opportunities never seen before. We are culling the cream of the crop for you so that you can enjoy the best Christian literature from around the world that has previously been unavailable.
This site is intended to be popular enough for the new Christian and at the same time in-depth enough to be helpful to scholars.
Our focus is on the time period from 1800 to the early 1900’s, which this site is intended to be a library for. We are providing exhaustive lists of available online works for these 1800 to early 1900’s authors. That which is included from the reformation, puritan and contemporary periods is much more selective.
The reason for the (not always followed) AD 1800 cut off point is that Post Reformation Digital Library is an exhaustive, scholarly online collection of reformed works from the 1500’s to 1800. Their site is highly recommended. The main reason for the focus on works before the early 1900’s is that is when modern copyright laws put an end to all books being in the public domain.
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What is historic, reformed Christianity?
Historic reformed Christianity is centered on loving God with all our heart, glorifying Him and enjoying Him in all that we do, and loving others more than we do ourselves, through the Gospel of Christ. It means seeking first the Kingdom of God before all else.
Historically this vision sprung forth during the Reformation of the 1500’s in Europe, in sinners clinging to the five solas: Scripture Alone, by Faith Alone, by Grace Alone, by Christ Alone, to the Glory of God Alone.
The mature fruit of this Biblical vision was most fully developed in the following generations of the puritan era in the 1600’s. The Westminster Assembly gave to us the greatest and most careful articulation of Biblical teachings history has yet produced in their Confession of Faith (1646), Shorter and Larger Catechisms, Directories for Public and Family Worship and Form of Church Government.
The perspective of this site is that of the majority views of the puritan Christian era, specifically as it came to its high water mark in the second reformation in Scotland (1638-1660). While most of the works on this site come from a later era (the 1800’s and 1900’s), you will find that those who walk closest to this older historic, reformed Christianity are those of the Old Free Church of Scotland.
Who runs this site?
This site is maintained by Travis Fentiman, a licentiate for the ministry in the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). He earned a Masters of Divinity from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He resides with his wife and two children in Vermont, USA. He desires to spend his life bringing people to Christ and nurturing His bride, the Church.
R. Andrew Myers is a Regular Contributor. Andrew is a member of the RPCNA, a paralegal by profession, and lives in Virginia with his wife and five precious children. He served as an editor for the Matthew Poole Project for six years and keeps a very interesting and edifying blog related to church history and devotional material entitled Virginia is for Huguenots.
Picture at the Top:
The forefront book in the picture of old books at the top of this site is “Biblia Sacra”, Latin for The Holy Bible. God’s Word is the measure by which all else is judged.
“The Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the Last Day.”