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A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life [Kindle Edition]

Joel R. Beeke , Mark Jones
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A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life offers a groundbreaking treatment of the Puritans’ teaching on most major Reformed doctrines, particularly those doctrines in which the Puritans made significant contributions. Since the late 1950s, nearly 150 Puritan authors and 700 Puritan titles have been reprinted and catalogued by Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson in their 2006 collection of mini-biographies and book reviews, titled, Meet the Puritans. However, no work until now has gathered together the threads of their teaching into a unified tapestry of systematic theology.

A Puritan Theology, by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones, attempts to do that. The book addresses Puritan teachings on all six loci of theology, covering fifty areas of doctrine. The book explores Puritan teachings on biblical interpretation, God, predestination, providence, angels, sin, the covenants, the gospel, Christ, preparation for conversion, regeneration, coming to Christ, justification, adoption, church government, the Sabbath, preaching, baptism, heaven, hell, and many other topics. It ends with eight chapters that explore Puritan “theology in practice.” Some chapters highlight the work of a specific theologian such as William Perkins, William Ames, John Owen, Stephen Charnock, or Thomas Goodwin on a specific topic. Other chapters survey various authors on a particular subject. The goal of A Puritan Theology is to increase knowledge in the mind and godliness in the soul. It was written for theologians, historians, pastors, and educated laymen who seek to learn more about Puritan theology.

Authors Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a leading expert on Puritanism, a popular conference speaker, and the author of numerous books.

Mark Jones is the minister of Faith Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also Research Associate in the Faculty of Theology at University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Endorsements “For more than half a century primary research on Puritan theologians and their teaching has been in full swing. Here now is a massive compendium of the findings, digested into sixty lively chapters. The authors’ expository skill will keep readers on their toes, and the Puritans’ own concern for godly living, which runs through everything, will send readers to their knees. This is a landmark book in every way.” - J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

"A Systematic Theology, covering the main loci of doctrine, from a Puritan perspective, with insightful comment and analysis from two respected Puritan scholars of our time—what more needs to be said by way of commendation? A necessary text for seminarians and all serious students of theology" - Derek W. H. Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

"No expression of the Christian faith has excelled that of the great Puritans and those who followed in their steps. This excellent volume by Dr. Beeke and Dr. Jones presents to the reader a rich feast both in academic theology and practical divinity. It deserves to be read, studied, and re-read by all who are hungry to know God better and to know how to glorify Him more." - Maurice Roberts, Emeritus Minister in Inverness, Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)


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For more than half a century primary research on Puritan theologians and their teaching has been in full swing. Here now is a massive compendium of the findings, digested into sixty lively chapters. The authors expository skill will keep readers on their toes, and the Puritans own concern for godly living, which runs through everything, will send readers to their knees. This is a landmark book in every way. --J. I. Packer, Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College

What did the Puritans believe about God s providence and the perseverance of the saints? What were their views on conscience and Christ s intercession for us? In A Puritan Theology compiled by Dr. Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones, we have the answers to these and many other questions. In this unique one volume work we have a robust systematic theology drawn from the teachings of the most beloved Puritans an outstanding achievement indeed! This resource is a must read for every pastor, seminarian and serious student of the Reformed Faith. It will be a volume that I turn to again and again. --Rob Ventura, Pastor, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, Rhode Island, co-author of A Portrait of Paul

"A Systematic Theology, covering the main loci of doctrine, from a Puritan perspective, with insightful comment and analysis from two respected Puritan scholars of our time what more needs to be said by way of commendation? A necessary text for seminarians and all serious students of theology" --Derek W. H. Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

About the Author

Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a leading expert on Puritanism, a popular conference speaker, and the author of numerous books. Mark Jones is the minister of Faith Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also Research Associate in the Faculty of Theology at University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Puritanical Feast for the Soul December 16, 2012
Format:Hardcover
A comprehensive assessment of A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones is something akin to sharing one's thoughts or emotions while gazing at the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, or the Lincoln Memorial. This magnum opus is like oxygen for the barren soul, light for a blind man, a symphony for a deaf man, and a Super Bowl ring for a lame man.

A Puritan Theology is exactly what it suggests. The authors meticulously walk readers through each branch of systematic theology and discuss the typical view that was embraced by the Puritans. Where the Puritans disagree, the authors are careful to represent each side with graciousness. The book is nothing to trifle with. It is a veritable tome that just falls short of 1,000 pages. But readers should not be intimidated by the sheer volume; rather they should make their way through this valuable book, noting key insights and marking Puritan writers they were previously unfamiliar with.

While the entire book is worthy of a careful read, several chapters stand out as especially significant. I enjoyed Chapter 4 - Stephen Charnock on the Attributes of God, Chapter 5 - The Puritans on the Trinity, Chapter 6 - John Owen on Communion with the Triune God, Chapter 10 - The Puritans on Providence, and Chapter 44 - John Bunyan's Preaching to the Heart. A few additional chapters are worth examining in some detail.

Chapter 26 - The Puritans on Understanding and Using God's Promises

The authors remark, "The promises are the pathways where Christ meets the soul." It it critical to have a correct understanding of God's promises. Additionally, it is important to distinguish between different kinds of promises.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! However..... November 1, 2012
Format:Hardcover
The only thing that I was disappointed with was that this book doesn't have a Scripture index. I thought maybe I was just not seeing it! I kept searching and searching but to no avail.

So, I hope the future editions have one. That is my only little gripe. I can't say anything else; the scholarly reviews of this work cover it all. I am just glad that I have the theology of the Puritans packaged systematically.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A monumental work of Christian scholarship! March 4, 2013
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I am currently plugging through this book for a class on the Puritans that I am taking this semester at SBTS! Of the chapters I've read so far, one can not help but admire the years of work, deep thinking, and Christian scholarship that went into the production of this work. Any student of the Puritans, or student of historical theology in general, will be very blessed to have this work on their bookshelves!

Buy it now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life March 1, 2013
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A wonderful reference volume. I have great respect for the authors and the difficult work of accumulating and editing what would and would not appear in their book. The Puritans are such deep and clear thinkers. I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to dig into Puritan doctrines.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars substance of biblical teaching December 21, 2012
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This is an excellent book.Very well researched and very well written.The puritans were very thorough Bible teachers.This book goes into detail on biblical points and doctrinal preaching. Their main objective was to set Christ forth.There is something in this book about every question you could have and the right scriptural answer.I give it five stars because the puritans were wise councilors and today more than ever there is certainly a lack of such in the church. They were men of the Book, as we should be if we are to know Christ and follow him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 4, 2013
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I've been reading the Puritans for some time now, mostly Edwards and Owen, but also Baxter, Bunyan, Flavel, Watson, Scougal, etc. In a short time I've developed a new appreciation for many others such as Stephen Charnock and some I'd never even heard. This book is organized clearly and I believe focuses on the right people for the right doctrines. It's very practical also.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Time & Effort March 14, 2013
By Sam G
Format:Hardcover
This is not an easy book to read, but that's not because it's not well-written. It's simply very long, and its subject matter so extensive and eclectic, that an attempt to read more than a brief chapter at a time is probably counterproductive. It would be the rare individual (lay or clergy) who could digest very much of its subject matter in one sitting.

Kudos to the authors for tackling this subject and for doing the research - not just of primary sources, but of subsequent scholarship. They also identified areas where scholarship is lacking.

The main fault I found with this work may be my own idiosyncrasy, but my love for the Puritan divines is primarily due to the warmth of their pastoral and practical theology. I realize this is only one side of Puritan theology, but I believe it is a more important part than Beeke & Jones indicate in A Puritan Theology. Yes, they touch upon it, but concentrate (in my humble opinion, at least) on the minutiæ doctrine & dogma to the detriment of the Puritan emphasis on living the faith.

This is not to say they do not say precisely that: Namely, that the strength of Puritan theology lies in living it out. But the warmth of faith was nonetheless too often lost in the cold light of dogma in this book.

I am still glad I read it, consider the price I paid for it money well spent, and commend it to others. As another reviewer said, I now have a hundred other books (primary sources quoted by Beeke & Jones) that I now badly want to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highest Excellence in Reformed Theology
Reformed orthodoxy at it's best. If I could have only one book next to my Bible, this is it. From our Puritan forefathers to modern day adherents of Protestant reformed theology,... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A suprise
Very great reading, a lot of amazing words to ponder (after I looked them up). Truly though it is a thought filled volume that should be very helpful to anyone truly looking to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read about great biblical thinkers
This is a great compilation of the best biblical thinkers in history, the Puritans. This pulls out the consensus of the movement rather than focusing merely on individuals within... Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Keating
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Paths the best paths
I have greatly appreciated the Puritans for many years. This new volume is a valuable and welcome addition to the wide and growing range of writings on or about the Puritans. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Romeo Dinale
5.0 out of 5 stars A Puritan Theology Essential to a complete library
A remarkable and monumental task for which the present generation should be thankful for the editors. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard T. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Puritan Theology
This is a masterwork by the authors. It is a labor of love and a gift to the church. In A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life Beeke and Jones have collated a wide range of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bradley L Kautz
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I don't want to get too negative so let me just say this book might not be for everyone. I was hoping for something that captured the heart of the Puritans, something I am... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hamoncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Primary Source Intro to Sixteenth & Seventeenth Century Puritan...
One of the most volumous and rich periods of Christian tradition and writing is that of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Puritans. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Life Long Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written!
I do not necessarily agree with every point made by Beeke and Jones, but I greatly appreciate the way that they present the views of the Puritans. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Silas Schreyack
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