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Puritan Papers, Vol. 3: 1963-1964 (Packer, ed.)

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John Calvin, a beacon for the Puritans, is spotlighted in this volume of Puritan Papers, originally presented on the 400th anniversary of the Reformer’s death. J. I. Packer writes on Calvin as “a servant of the Word,” and O. R. Johnston on Calvin the man. Additional chapters treat Calvin’s doctrine of God, his Institutes, and sixteenth-century Geneva.

Other biographical chapters feature George Whitefield (by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones) and Charles Haddon Spurgeon (by D. M. Whyte). In addition, Packer writes on the Puritan approach to worship, Iain Murray on “things indifferent,” and Lloyd-Jones on John Owen’s view of schism.


Table of Contents:

Part 1: Diversity in Unity (1963)

1. The Puritan Approach to Worship - J. I. Packer

2. Scripture and “Things Indifferent” - Iain Murray

3. Charles Haddon Spurgeon: Preacher - D. M. Whyte

4. John Owen on Schism - D. Martyn Lloyd-JonesPart

Part 2: Able Ministers of the New Testament (1964)

5. John Calvin’s Doctrine of God - R. A. Finlayson

6. John Calvin the Man - O. R. Johnston

7. John Calvin: A Servant of the Word - J. I. Packer

8. The Growth of John Calvin’s Institutio - G. E. Duffield

9. John Calvin’s Geneva - W. J. Grier

10. John Calvin and George Whitefield - D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones



J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.



"The papers are of inherent interest and value to all who already appreciate the Puritans . . . [this ] volume, and no doubt its successors, would be an ideal introduction for anyone to whom the Puritans are unknown. Warmly recommended." — Banner of Truth

"[These studies] are constructive, and beneficial not only for pastors but for all God’s covenant people." — Christian Renewal

"Of value not only to students of history and theology but to all pastors and members of churches. . . . We eagerly look forward to the publication of more past conference papers in this format." — Evangelical Times