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The Pearl of Christian Comfort (Dathenus)

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The Pearl of Christian Comfort is a dialogue between a mature believer and a young Christian, designed “for the instruction and consolation of all troubles hearts who are not properly able to distinguish between the law and the gospel.”

Petrus Dathenus masterfully explains the relationship between faith and works in an evangelical and experimental manner, typical of the early Dutch Second Reformation. This succinct treatise lets the light of Scripture shine clearly on the practical issues involved in teaching and living the doctrines of sovereign grace. - From the Introduction

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“Many years ago I came across this wonderful work, written to comfort a believer struggling with assurance. Its simple, conversational style makes it warmly pastoral and accessible. Dathenus, a major shaper of early Reformed theology and liturgy, applies the distinction between the law and the gospel with beauty and grace. It’s amazing how much gospel comfort is packed into such a little book.” — Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California; and founder and editor-in-chief of White Horse Inc.


Petrus Dathenus (1531-1588) was the leading figure of the early Dutch Second Reformation. In addition to serving Reformed churches in the Netherlands and Germany, he played a critical role in the development of Reformed worship through his translation of the Heidelberg Catechism, his metrical version of the Psalms, and his compilation of liturgical forms.