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By Shane Walker

BOOK REVIEW: Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

Translated by J. I. Packer and O. R. Johnson Fleming H. Revell, 2004, pgs. 320. Summary: At the behest of the Pope and the Catholic party, Desiderius Erasmus (1466/9-1536) wrote a little book called Diatribe de Libero Arbitrio defending a semi-Pelagian to Pelagian view of the will (cf. Pelagius, Roman Commentary review) in 1524. According to Erasmus the fallen human …

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Augustine, The City of God against the Pagans

Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998, 1243 pgs. Summary: Augustine (354-430 AD) wrote The City of God against the pagans in response to pagan apologists arguing that the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in 410 was caused by the Romans embracing Christianity. Augustine responded by: Proving the irrational nature of pagan theology and the inadequacy of speculative philosophy. …

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John N. Oswalt, The Bible among the Myths: Unique or Just Different?

Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 2009, 204 pgs. Summary: John N. Oswalt (1940-     ) is distinguished professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has a written a careful assessment of the uniqueness of the biblical conception of God and how this distinguishes the Bible from similar forms of ancient near-eastern religious texts. The Bible …

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Do You Agree with Jesus?

Two of Jesus’ disciples were walking along the road to Emmaus on the first resurrection Sunday, and they were distraught: “Jesus of Nazareth who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God” was dead (ESV, Luke 24:19). They “had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel” (v. 21), but now he …

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BOOK REVIEW: Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity

Banner of Truth, Edinburgh, 1983, 316 pgs. Summary: Thomas Watson (c. 1620–1686) was a Puritan, non-conformist, and godly preacher who co-pastored with Stephen Charnock (1628–1680). He preached a series of sermons on the Westminster Shorter Catechism which were then published after he is death as A Body of Practical Divinity. Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) with the …

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