You have often heard me say, "It is important that we read the dead guys." One of the reasons that I have said this time and again is due to the fact that there is nothing new under the sun. The very same theological battles that are fought today, were fought over the centuries of church history. The plain truth is that we must work through doctrinal issues through the lens of Scripture. But in our modern age we have the benefit of the help of those "living stones" of the past. One of the questions posed by a particular Baptist pastor of 300 years ago is applicable to our current age. "Do you read the scriptures to come up with something to say to others, or do you read the Scriptures to feed your own soul? (Paraphrase)" This quote alone proves that one who is seeking to grow in the faith should read the men of the past while being a barean and seeking the truth of Scripture. Thoughts?