I stumbled onto this site of Phil Johnson’s today, and it is a hoot!
From the introductory page:
A FRIEND who noticed my reading habits asked, “Why would anyone want to study theology by reading A Bunch of Dead Guys? Shouldn’t you focus mostly on current works, or risk becoming an irrelevant theological fossil?”My answer: the truth about God is timeless. The last infallible book of theology was written nearly two thousand years ago. In theology, if it’s new, it probably isn’t true.The best of the men featured here knew that. Though they are dead, they still speak (cf. Heb. 11:4). Scripture was their supreme rule of faith. Their theological line of descent is clearly traceable from the Reformers, to Augustine, to the Apostle Paul, to Isaiah, to Abraham—all the way back to the first promise God made to Adam in the Garden (Gen. 3:15).
This site is informative and fun, especially for a light intro into Church History (Warning — the information is from a Calvinist point of view). The site owner provides a little map with caricatures or pictures of specific dead guys. You can navigate your way down the map — but be careful! Too far to the left or the right and you’ll find yourself in theological trouble! The site also provides links to follow under each of these people groups, for further study or enlightenment 🙂 You may explore a page of links to different creeds, catechisms, and confessions.
Phil Johnson makes learning theology from a bunch of dead guys feel like browsing howstuffworks.com!