A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life
is an exhaustive, groundbreaking treatment of English Puritan teaching on the six major loci
of Reformed theology.
Since the late 1950s approximately 700 titles, written by nearly 150 Puritan authors, have been reprinted. Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson catalogued and introduced these works and their authors in their 2006 publication entitled Meet the Puritans. But this was only the beginning.
In A Puritan Theology
Joel Beeke is joined by Mark Jones and, building on earlier research, now present an exhaustive examination of English
Puritan theology. Covering the treatment by the Puritans of the major facets of Reformed theology, this book outlines, examines, and evaluates the contribution of this potent movement and the particular contributions of its most distinguished theologians such as John Owen, William Perkins, Thomas Manton, Matthew Henry and many others.
As a complete volume, this work-like none before it-gathers together the threads of Puritan teaching and weaves them into a God-glorifying tapestry of theological exposition. A Puritan Theology
addresses Puritan teachings on over fifty areas of doctrine within the loci
of theology including:
- biblical interpretation
- doctrine of God
- the covenants
- the gospel
- preparation for conversion
- coming to Christ
- church government
- the Sabbath
- and many other subjects!
Well suited for use as a research tool, reference work, or as a textbook on the Puritans-the beauty of this book and indeed of Puritan theology-is that its depth of piety shines through making it a book that many types of people will benefit from.
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.
Joel Beeke's and Mark Jones's work marks a major milestone in the study of Puritan and early modern Reformed theology, setting forth in modern scholarly essays an examination of a full body of seventeenth-century divinity. The work evidences a significant understanding of the primary texts and an excellent grasp of the secondary literature, both providing a sound introduction to Puritan theology and setting aside the myths of a rigid, rationalistic, monolithic system of thought divorced from Christian life. Perhaps the most consistent and unifying theme in the book is the profound connection between faith and practice that, for the Puritans and other early modern Reformed, grounded the exposition of all doctrine. A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life will provide a starting point for further study of Puritan thought for years to come.
-Richard A. Muller
The Puritans are undoubtedly one of the most significant sources for theology that is both doctrinal and practical in equal measure. This massive volume by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction to Puritan thought. It is a notable work of historical-theological synthesis and a book to which I will be returning again and again, both for scholarly reference and personal devotion. Simply an amazing achievement.
-Carl R. Trueman
There are great modern editions of many Puritan classics, anthologies collecting their quotes on various subjects, and myriad studies of the movement. So it's a little surprising that a Puritan systematic theology like this one has never been written. I'm just glad that it has been, and by two scholar-pastors whose familiarity with the primary and secondary sources is unsurpassed. I couldn't put it down and will return to it again and again. It is an ambitious undertaking, but the authors' pain is our gain. This will be an enduring reference work as well as devotional resource.
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
Without a doubt, this will be an indispensable guidebook to Puritan thought and practice for years to come.
-Michael A. G. Haykin
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.
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