Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort
Godfrey, Robert W.
“Though the Canons of Dort are a document worthy of historical and theological analysis, their value does not end with the intellectual or academic. The canons declare the redeeming love of God in Jesus Christ for the fallen, corrupt, helpless sinners–the greatest love story of all...and so the canons are a call to love the Lord our God will all our heart, soul, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves. The Synod of Dort closed not with an academic debate but with a worship service, where the delegates heard a sermon on Isaiah 12: 2-3. Therefore, study the Canons of Dort with an open Bible, an open heart thirsting for Christ, and an open mouth, proclaiming the praises of God.”See All
President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
"W. Robert Godfrey is a gifted teacher. As a recognized historian, he helpfully sets the historical and ecclesiastical context for the writing of the Canons of Dort. As a trusted theologian, he clearly explains the exegetical and theological basis for each of the canons. As an experienced pastor, he carefully shows the practical nature of the doctrines of grace preserved in the canons. In an age of constant change and theological amnesia, Saving the Reformation is an important contribution, an accessible treatment of one of the great documents of the Reformation."See All
Rev. Joel E. Kim
President, Westminster Seminary California
"Saving the Reformation confirms Dr. Godfrey's reputation as a premier student of the Synod of Dort and the Dutch Reformation. In a clear, accessible, and compelling way, Godfrey provides his readers with an account of the historical context and occasion for the convening of the Synod of Dort in 1618, as well as a helpful exposition of the teaching of the canons. He also provides a fresh translation of the Latin version of the Canons of Dort, and several useful appendices on their order and arrangement. These features combine to make this book an excellent resource for church members and scholars alike."See All
Dr. Cornelis P. Venema
President, Mid-America Reformed Seminary
"Saving the Reformation is characteristic of Dr. Godfrey's engaging, clear, pastoral teaching that has benefited so many over the years. Guiding us through the history and biblical truth confessed in the Canons of Dort, he brings us to the reality of the sovereign goodness and all-sufficient grace of God in Christ for us: we are hell deserving sinners, saved, sanctified, and surrounded by God's all-powerful love. This is worth reading about."See All
Dr. William VanDoodewaard
Professor of Church History, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
In the early seventeenth century, the direction of the Reformed faith hung in the balance. A group called the Remonstrants, followers of Jacobus Arminius, argued for a version of the faith that watered down many of the biblical doctrines taught by John Calvin and others before him.
This controversy demanded a response, and in 1618-19, leaders of the Dutch Reformed Church gathered together and crafted their rebuttal: the Canons of Dort. This remarkable document answered the five errors of Arminianism--giving us the five points of Calvinism and preserving the theology of the Reformation.
In Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey introduces the key players in the debate and provides a fresh translation of the canons from the original Latin for the synod's four-hundredth anniversary. Dr. Godfrey's pastoral commentary aims at helping a new generation of Christians understand and appreciate this important text for themselves. As he goes through the canons point by point, we find a powerful defense of the biblical gospel, a clear vision for the church, and a celebration of God's grace in salvation.