Have a pint with the Puritans?
This is a history of alcohol in the church, “being a reflection upon past events involving various and sundry historical luminaries containing discussion of theological matters, sufficiently buttressed by all manner of worthy apologetics, accompanied by many humorous diversions, and helpfully supplemented with a careful study of the desirable qualities to be found in a host of fermented beverages.”
Luther, Calvin and Zwingli—these men are better known for their theology than their taste in beer. Charles Wesley and George Whitefield — these men are known more for their witness than their wine.
Prepared to learn something new? In this completely revised and expanded version of his underground classic, Rev. Jim West takes you through centuries of Christian history, looking at the role alcohol played in the church during the Reformation, in the American colonies, into the time of Charles Spurgeon and beyond.
With humor and wit, West winds through time showing in generation after generation how God’s saints have enjoyed his many good gifts in reverence, thankfulness and moderation.
“Biblical Christians tend to overcorrect. We see the significant destruction abuse of alcohol has wrought, and we want to ban it all. But to do that is to cast aside a good gift of God. It’s like forbidding all eating just because of so many abuse food and overeat. The Bible is clear — drunkenness and/or addiction: bad, drinking (in moderation): good.”
“Rev. Jim West makes an airtight case that the Reformers had a far different view than post-Temperance Movement pietists. And he does it with sly humor and real style. This is a truly wonderful book on a lot of levels — history, Christian living, arts and culture, Biblical studies, humor. It’s even got chapters on how to select a good drink. I really loved this book.”
Jim West is pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Sacramento, California. A graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, he currently serves as associate professor at City Seminary of Sacramento and has written many influential books and pamphlets in the areas of Christian courtship, covenant, and baptism. His articles have been published in Table Talk, Modern Reformation, Westminster Theological Journal, Banner of Truth Magazine, The Chalcedon Report, and The Reformed Herald.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by R.C. Sproul Jr.
Preface: Popping the Cork
Part 1: History
Against Whiners & Winos
Reformation & Drink
Reformation & Drink
Reformation & Drink, Part 2
Drinking in Early America
Wesleys, Whitefield, Spurgeon & Others
Part 2: Theology
The Christology of Wine
Scripture & Spirits
“It’s Only Nine O’Clock in the Morning!”
Distilling the Reformation
Making Your Decision
Part 3: Beer & Wine Guides