A Quest for Godliness
The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life
Dr. J. I. Packer has a long-standing love for the Puritans. In A Quest for Godliness, he explores the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life. Drawing on a lifetime of study, Packer surveys the lives and teachings of great Puritan leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards. He examines the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. The Puritans’ faith, Packer argues, stands in marked contrast with the superficiality of modern western Christianity.
In a time of failing vision and decaying values, this powerful portrait of the Puritans is a beacon of hope that calls us to radical commitment and action, both desperately needed today. Beautifully written, A Quest for Godliness is a moving and challenging exploration of Puritan life and thought. Here is J. I. Packer at his very best.
“Dr. Packer has blended theology, biography, history, and practical exhortation in a book that is a delight to read. But even more, the book speaks to our contemporary church situation and causes us to search our hearts and examine our ministries. Whether you are just getting acquainted with the Puritans or are a long-time friend, A Quest for Godliness will instruct and inspire you. Here is solid spiritual food that contributes to maturity.” — Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago and Radio Teacher for the Back to the Bible broadcast.
About the Author
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.
- Why We Need the Puritans
- Puritanism as a Movement of Revival
- The Practical Writings of the English Puritans
- John Owen on Communication from God
- The Puritans as Interpreters of Scripture
- The Puritan Conscience
- “Saved by His Precious Blood”: An Introduction to John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
- The Doctrine of Justification in Development and Decline Among the Puritans
- The Puritan View of the Preaching the Gospel
- The Witness of the Spirit in Puritan Thought
- The Spirituality of John Owen
- John Owen on Spiritual Gifts
- The Puritans and the Lord’s Day
- The Puritan Approach to Worship
- Marriage and Family in Puritan Thought
- Puritan Preaching
- Puritan Evangelism
- Jonathan Edwards and Revival