The “Puritan Mind-set”: “Puritan Portraits” by J.I. Packer

Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016

The present volume is typical Packer: warm, well written, and engaging. It does its job of enticing readers to read 'the Puritans' for themselves, to pray while they study, and to study while they pray.
For a series of philosophical, theological, and practical reasons, the medieval church came gradually to think that our justification (that is, our acceptance by a righteous God) is progressive. What the confessional Reformed and Lutheran churches call sanctification (that is, our gradual conformity to Christ), the medieval church came to think of as justification. This doctrine of progressive justification became the dogma of the Roman communion at the Council of Trent (Session 6, 1547). The confessional Protestants, however, rejected both the medieval consensus and Roman dogma on the authority of God’s word (sola scriptura). The ...

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