Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Unchanging Truth in a Changing World



New book examines church doctrines and traditions
to better understand the Truth about God and ourselves.

The world today has more choices than ever, and not just when it comes to things to do, see, or buy. There are more options for how to think about life, and there are as many gods as there are opinions. In an increasingly relativistic world, does truth still matter?

In his new book, Truth Matters: Knowing God and Yourself (New Growth Press/September 3, 2018), Andrew Petiprin argues that Truth (with a capital T) not only matters but grounding your life in the ancient truths of the Bible is the way to a better life. As he walks readers through important doctrines of the Christian faith, Petiprin supports those doctrines with Scripture and shows how they were developed carefully over the centuries by those who studied the Bible.

“While I was raised in a Christian home, I came to wonder if any of what I believed about God was true,” says Petiprin. “By immersing myself in Scripture and tradition, I discovered God and learned the truth about myself by offering myself to the truth of God in Christ.”

Throughout the book, Petiprin examines the work of great thinkers of Christian tradition, including  C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot and others, and discovers the true answers to age-old questions like “Who is God?” and “Who am I?” that will help readers flourish in their faith. As it mirrors 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 the Truth never changes, and the purpose of doctrine is to make Truth clearer than before. By offering simple spiritual practices, Truth Matters shows how doctrine and tradition point Christians to God and Christ in their everyday lives.

As it champions the authentic teachings of the Christian faith, Truth Mattersoffers doctrine, liturgy, and tradition as a way to discover not just the truth about God, but to find God himself.

“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,” shares Justin S. Holcomb, an Episcopal priest, seminary professor and author.


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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. He is a regular contributor to the Living Church magazine and other publications.

Petiprin’s passion is in exploring the intersection of Christianity and culture, and he has written frequently on beauty and on topics related to current events and faith. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Amber, and their two children.

Learn more at andrewpetiprin.com and Follow him on Twitter (@andrewpetiprin) and on Instagram (@andrewpetiprin).


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