The Marrow of Modern Divinity
An intriguing book, quite unlike any other, The Marrow of Modern Divinity defies pigeonholing. Written in the 1600s by a Puritan author of whom we know little, yet it proved to be a critically important and controversial theological text.
Penned as dialogue between a minister (Evangelista), a young Christian (Neophytus), a legalist (Nomista) who believes Christianity is a set of rules to be obeyed, and Antinomista, who has decided sin is perfectly acceptable because God forgives anyway. Makes for a wonderfully insightful book, highly relevant in its approach to theology still today. Elaborates at length on the Law of God, the gospel, the Covenant of Works, the Covenant of Grace, the Ten Commandments, the Law of Christ, and the True Rest for Heart and Soul.
This newly laid-out edition includes explanatory notes by the famous puritan Thomas Boston, an Introduction by Philip Ryken and an historical Introduction by William Vandoodeward.
“The Marrow emphasizes biblical, evangelical doctrines such as the sovereignty of God in the covenant of grace, the free offer of the gospel, assurance in Christ as the essence of faith, and sanctification by grace rather than by the law.” — Philip G. Ryken, President, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
“Anyone who comes to grips with the issues raised in The Marrow of Modern Divinity will almost certainly grow by leaps and bounds in understanding three things: the grace of God, the Christian life, and the very nature of the gospel itself. I personally owe it a huge debt.” — Sinclair B. Ferguson, Associate Preacher, St. Peter’s Free Church, Dundee
“The Marrow of Modern Divinity is one of the most important theological texts of all time” — Derek Thomas, Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
“Thomas Boston’s annotated edition of The Marrow of Modern Divinity is one of the most important texts in the history of Reformed discussions of justification, assurance and ethics. It has a controversial history – as the notes provided by Boston indicate – but that is because the matters on which it touches are so central to understanding both the gospel and the Christian life. This is a book which repays the time spent studying it.” — Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania