Updated: May 11, 2020
Contending for Our All, by John Piper
This book is about three famous Christians who took Jude 3 “contend earnestly for the faith” seriously – about the Apologetic ministries of Athanasius (died in 373 AD – against the Arian heretics),
John Owen (against many different false doctrines), and J. Greshem Machen (against Liberalism that infected the Presbyterian Church in the early 1900s)
I highly recommend this book, Contending for Our All, as it is one of the best Christian biographies that draws principles from heroes of the past. Chapter 1 is about Athanasius, chapter 2 is about John Owen, and chapter 3 is about J. Gresham Machen.
Especially good is chapter 1 on Athanasius, who lived from 298 – 373 AD.
Athanasius was a deacon at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.
He later became bishop of Alexandria in 328 AD.
Athanasius contended for the faith by defending the doctrines of the full Deity of Christ, the Trinity, and the Deity of the Holy Spirit. (see Jude 3 – “contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints”)
The false teacher Arius was the cause of the Ni