The book that Sam Renihan filled us in on, just days ago, is now available from Amazon (“hopefully on sale at RBAP site by Jan 28” which will be where you can get it for less, but for those who can’t wait):
The primary purpose of the material presented in this book is to familiarize the reader with sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English language sources pertinent to the doctrine of divine impassibility, particularly for those who confess with the Reformed confessions that God is “without body, parts, or passions.” If this material is studied carefully, the reader will encounter an excellent and diverse array of writings that touch on this subject.
In our own day, the battle for the Bible continues. Yet there is another debate which is also happening: that over the doctrine of God. This second debate, while less obviously significant for the church, is likely just as important in the long run. If history can be a guide to how things will develop, then that of revisionists in this area is not a happy one. And thus it behooves all churches to pay careful attention both to their confessional standards, the rationale for the same, and the revisions which are being proposed. I myself reviewed positively a revisionist work a few years ago; subsequent reading and reflection has led me to believe I should have been far more critical.
In this context, this reader fulfills a most useful purpose because it presents an overview of relevant thought on the doctrine of God. Given that the classical Reformed understanding of God took centuries to fine-tune, it is most helpful to have key texts gathered in one volume as this will help both inform pastors and lay-people of the tradition and also point towards the rationale for that tradition and hint at the problems involved in the alternatives.
It will hopefully also serve those who are tempted by the revisions or are themselves engaged in such. Peter Taylor Forsyth once commented that every theological teacher should reflect on what his teaching would look like, or where it would lead, in two generations’ time. When it comes to modifying the doctrine of God, the story thus far would indicate that minor revisions at one point in time become major heterodoxies a few decades later. Let us hope and pray that such is not proven to be the case in our grandchildren’s day.
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: RBAP (January 16, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches