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Rock and Sand

An Orthodox Appraisal of the Protestant Reformers and Their Teachings
Narrated by: Father Josiah Trenham
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This audiobook has been made for three purposes. First, to provide the Orthodox listener with a competent overview of the history of Protestantism and its major traditions, from its beginnings in the 16th century to the present day. This overview relies heavily upon the Reformer's own words as well as the creeds of various Protestant faiths in order to avoid misrepresentation and caricature.

Second, to acquaint Orthodox and non-Orthodox listeners with a narrative of the historical relations between the Orthodox East and the Protestant West.

Finally, to provide a summary of Orthodox theological opinion on the tenets of Protestantism.

©2018 Archpriest Josiah Trenham (P)2019 Archpriest Josiah Trenham

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The rest of the story like Paul Harvey says

I grew up Protestant and encountered Orthodoxy 20 years ago. Just this year my wife and I have become catechumen and are to be baptized soon. Fr. Josiah is an excellent communicator and researcher. Rock and Sand will tell you the rest of the Protestant story. I studied religion. Both my undergrad and postgrad degrees are in the field of biblical studies. I’m familiar with the Protestant Reformation but now I’m learning what was left out of the curriculum I was taught. Rock and Sand is a journey though one of the most significant events in western civilization. It will help you see the underpinnings of why there are so many different denominations today. Respectfully presented and thoroughly researched Rock and Sand is a must read. Fr. Josiah is the author and reader of Rock and Sand and has done an excellent job at both. Many years!

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A Pointed Appeal

AT A GLANCE:
If you haven't guessed by the title, the "Rock" represents the stability of Orthodoxy while the "Sand" represents the ever-changing nature of Protestant theology. This is a polemical work, and unashamedly so.

CONTENT:
The Protestant reformers are examined individually, with most of the time naturally going to Luther and Calvin's magisterial reformations. We are given a decent amount of historical context for each and clearly informed where their teachings diverge from historic Christian orthodoxy. The accounts are generally well-sourced and the arguments display a high degree of scholarship. Though combative, this is less a "Syllabus of Errors" and more like a selection from John Damascene. There is a clear admiration for Protestant evangelism and their high view of Scripture. The book ends with a set of letters and treatises on the topic dated 1672 - 1912.

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Fr Trenham is an academically-accomplished archpriest in the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) with a focus on Patristic studies, especially St John Chrysostom. He was once a Calvinist and this is often apparent in his style; his tone is biting and his rhetoric forceful. His popular work and teaching engages American culture from a highly traditional perspective, framing Orthodoxy as a bedrock of reason free from modernist leanings and the development of doctrine. One of his stated goals is to avoid triumphalism and he succeeds at first, though beginning around Chapter 14 this goal is largely abandoned.

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If you've ever wondered what the historical Eastern Orthodox position is towards Protestantism, this is an excellent resource. It is unfettered by modern ecumenical tendencies and follows lines of argument supported by saints in the author's tradition. Granted, many Orthodox will take issue with his tone and how the emphasis strays from focus on Christian unity; nonetheless, I appreciate that Fr Trenham is willing to stare headlong at real ideological differences and bring them into the open rather than concealing or glossing over them.

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Eye opening, charitably honest

This book contains a detailed historical record of the Protestant reform movement away from Roman Catholicism that began in the 1500’s. Protestant reformers Luther, Zwingly, and Calvin among others are studied in detail as well as their teachings.
The book is charitable in its critiques of the Protestant Reformers and praises the virtues of Protestant Christians, which are numerous. However, as the title suggest, the Protestant doctrines and teachings(as they are too numerous to count and seem to be ever evolving) is the house built on Sand and not on the Rock. The book enlightens to the path to finding the house built on the Rock and shows the reader the House Built on the Rock of the faith of the Holy Apostles as well as where to find her. Must read for all Christians in my opinion, especially for Christians on the West. I highly recommend this book and hope you are as edified as I was by reading it.

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Excellent

I would recommend Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast series called "Prophets of Doom" for a deeper dive into some of the Reformation-caused turmoil briefly mentioned in this book.

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Comprehensive defense of Christianity

historians and theologians agree that Orthodoxy was and is the Faith passed down throughout the centuries, setting and maintaining the standard of what Christianity is. This book details the weaknesses and heresies found in Protestant groups, especially American types and why Protestants should question the origin and authenticity of what they believe. According to the author, these groups have reconstructed and reduced Christianity to a shadow. The main issue stemming from a reduction in understanding of Grace, leading to a reduction in Salvation, leading to anything goes Christianity abolishing the foundation delivered by the Apostles and Church Fathers. The author cites how the modern Protestant church groups lost their way setting aside ecumenical council and Canon aimed at protecting the laity and clergy from heresy and abuse.

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Amazed!

Any person in search of answers about many things dealing with Orthodox Christianity this book is a MUST READ! Many things I felt about being Prostestant that was wrong is confirmed and explained thoroughly in this book. I thank God for the Author.

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A thorough Orthodox examination of protestantism

I found this book to be very educational and informative regarding the differences between the Holy Orthodox faith and those of protestant traditions. Father Trenham does a great job of explaining the differences and providing a good general education in a mostly non-biased and informative manner that helps illustrate and illuminate the major theological differences between the forms of Christianity out there today.

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Relevant and insightful Orthodox apologetics

Father Trenham offers a thorough historical and doctrinal analysis of the prevailing protestant sects. His analysis shows the love and deference for protestant faithful that is central to a truly Orthodox, Christian appraisal while firmly explaining the Truth of Holy Orthodoxy

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Informative and fulfilling.

Stayed on the advertised topic. Positions clearly articulated. Glad to have discovered it. I recommend.

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Excellent work

I learned a lot here detailing the heretical Protestant reformers and their teachings. It is clear and very informative.