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A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life Hardcover – October 12, 2012
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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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Cons: As I said above, although the Puritan way of thinking is clearly displayed and summarized as expected, I was hoping to see more quotes. Obviously, anyone can google "Puritan quotes" and will discover precious portions of puritan literature on any given topic; however, I expected quotes from puritans that are not as well known to people, such as myself, who are looking for more than what an outdated website can offer. Also, I understand that this isn't a collection of Puritan sermons, but I also expected more of a devotional feel to it. Mark Jones is excellent at doing this with topics we normally use to get ourselves into debates with non-Reformed fold, or even within the Reformed community, so I expected more of this in this book (especially in the Christology section). Don't misunderstand me: It was definitely devotional-like and systematic at the same time. I only expected a little more reflection in the text.
Pros: It's unlike any other systematic theology book I own or have heard about! It's uniqueness will make this systematic theology book stand out from your collection. The fact that it carries the Puritan way of life and thought throughout every page is enough to read it! It's also an easy read and understandable -- I read the Christology portion to my wife and she, although not a systematic theology type of thinker, understood it, which is a huge for me! So, given that it's a beautiful piece of written-work, unique, easy and an understandable read of Puritan thought on theology, I give this a 5-star.
Again, I know my critique does not mean much, since I haven't read the book in its entirety. I will write a full review for those who are curious once I read the entire book or at least most of it. I do recommend A Puritan Theology - Doctrine For Life to anyone who is interested in being introduced to the Puritans and/or those who are already familiar with them! It's been a work that has pointed me to Christ, our Lord, and meditate on his glorious work and personhood. I hope it's as edifying to you as it has been for my family. :)