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THE RISEN CHRIST CONQUERS MARS HILL: Classic Discourses on Paul's Ministry in Athens
Manton, Watson, Edwards, Davies, Dick, Thornwell, Eadie, Ryle, Warfield, Stonehouse, Van Til & Bahnsen, Foreword by Sinclair Ferguson

We have gathered together a full dozen champions of the faith to expound upon Paul's ministry in Athens. It is believed that traversing this powerful passage in Acts 17 will deepen our faith in the risen and conquering Lord. We have decided to list these works in the order in which they were delivered, thus Thomas Manton is first and Greg Bahnsen is last. Although there will certainly be some repetition of thoughts and ideas, it is believed that the various gifts and approaches of each man will give a freshness to each discourse.

SINCLAIR FERGUSON wrote the Foreword in which he says, "From the opening exposition of a seventeenth century Westminster Divine to the closing expositions of three twentieth century scholars associated with Westminster Seminary, 'The Risen Christ Conquers Mars Hill' is a brilliantly conceived compilation of studies calculated both to educate and to stimulate. Paul's great sermon to the intellectual elite of a declining Athens is one of the great moments in Church history. It well repays careful study for its foundational theology, its methodology as a presentation of the gospel of God to a pagan audience, and for the passion for Christ that lay behind it. Here is careful theological exegesis, biblical doctrine, practical application, and sharp-edged apologetics all in one volume. The result? A book that cannot fail to instruct the mind, encourage confidence in the gospel's integrity, and challenge the church to a new boldness in witnessing to our paganism-restoring culture."

DR. JOEL BEEKE wrote, "This fascinating collection of addresses on an important issue in our day is a gold mine, full of practical guidance for effective evangelizing and apologetics. It is amazing how contemporary these writers can sound when addressing how to relate to the unsaved who reject the gospel. We may perhaps find new venues to speak into but the message of the gospel remains eternally the same, and our forbears have a great deal to teach us about how to communicate that message. Tolle lege (take up and read)--and pray and do!"

DR. SAM WALDRON said the following about this upcoming volume: "Few passages are as important as Acts 17 for the subjects of apologetics and evangelism in this post-modern age. And few passages have over the years been more badly misinterpreted than Paul's address to the Areopagus in Athens. Let me especially commend the articles by Stonehouse, Bahnsen, and Van Til towards the end of this volume. They are worth the price by themselves."

THE LATE DR. ROBERT PAUL MARTIN added, "Paul's address at Mars Hill gives us a glimpse into how the gospel was effectively preached in a thoroughly pagan culture, such as the one in which we now live. Gleaning the best treatments of this address from past ages, Solid Ground has given us a primer on how to speak to our contemporaries."


Introduction: Why This Book?

Foreword by Sinclair Ferguson

(1) Thomas Manton (1620-1677) - Sermon Upon Acts 17:30-31

(2) Thomas Watson (1620-1686) - The Day of Judgment Asserted

(3) Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) - The Final Judgment: or, The World Judged Righteously by Jesus Christ

(4) Samuel Davies (1723-1761) - The Universal Judgment

(5) John Dick (1764-1833) - Paul in Athens, from 'Lectures on the Acts of the Apostles'

(6) James H. Thornwell (1812-1862) - The Necessity and Nature of Christianity

(7) John Eadie (1810-1876) - Paul at Athens, from Chapter 10, 'Paul the Preacher'

(8) J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) - Athens, from 'The Upper Room'

(9) B.B. Warfield (1851-1921) - False Religions and the True, from 'Biblical, Theological Studies'

(10) Ned B. Stonehouse: (1902-1962) - The Areopagus Address, from the Tyndale New Testament Lecture, 1949

(11) Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987) - Paul at Athens, a Booklet

(12) Greg Bahnsen (1948-1995) - The Encounter of Jerusalem with Athens, from 'Always Ready'


*A Pastor's Sketches (Double Volume) by Ichabod Spencer

*Counsels and Thoughts on the Spiritual Life of Believers by Thomas Moor


STEPPING HEAVENWARD by Elizabeth Prentiss

THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION: Sermons by Benjamin B. Warfield

BONUS GIFT: Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle

(* means it is a hardcover volume)



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Why This Book?

This book was designed to bring together representatives of the last four centuries on a subject of perennial interest to the people of God: How do we reach unbelievers with the timeless message of the Gospel?

There is something of remarkable power in the ministry of the Apostle Paul in the great ancient city of Athens. Although he spent a brief period of time there, and did not have time to plant a church, he still left his mark in that barren center of philosophy and idolatry. Nearly 2000 years later the ministry of Paul continues to instruct, rebuke, correct and train in the ways of righteousness.

Solid Ground Christian Books has sought to gather one dozen messages from faithful ministers of the Gospel on this life-changing and ministry-transforming passage. Our desire is to follow the counsel found in Proverbs 13:23, "He who walks with wise men will be wise." The men found within the pages of this book were wise men because they feared God and sought to minister out of that fear which is "the beginning of wisdom." They were also men who loved God because of the great love with which they had been loved by God. Their love for God drove them to desire to know God and to make Him known to others.

If the Lord deems to smile upon our efforts, and the people of God appreciate this work, we plan to publish other books in this series. Plans are already underway for Classic Discourses on The Given Christ of John 3:16; Classic Discourses on The Smitten Christ; and Classic Discourses on the Incarnate Christ.

Be prepared for a treat. From the opening exposition by Thomas Manton, to the closing article by Greg Bahnsen, you will be carried over the same ground with a dozen trusted guides. They will not all point out the same things, but they will all unite to declare that the Gospel of the great Apostle is still the only hope for our broken world. Enjoy the ride.

Michael Gaydosh
Solid Ground Christian Books