Upcoming Book: ‘God without Passions, A Reader’ edited by Samuel Renihan [RBAP]

Sam Renihan
Sam Renihan

Sam Renihan:

“If you confess that God is “without passions,” you may have wondered about the meaning of that phrase, as many have. But it is of great importance to the doctrine of God. And indeed when removed, the entire doctrine unravels. Understanding this phrase requires one to understand not only the language being used, but also the doctrinal affirmations that precede it. Confessing God “without passions” is one piece of a much larger interrelated and interdependent system.


For those who desire to study this topic so as to confess with sincerity and a clear conscience that God is “without passions,” this book will fulfill the task. Drawing from sixty authors (ten of whom were Westminster Divines), this reader provides a clear picture of both the specific meaning of the phrase “without passions” as well as the larger theological context in which it is placed. After a foreword by Carl Trueman and an introduction, there are six chapters and an appendix:

1. The Reformation (1523-1565)
2. Early Orthodoxy (1565-1640)
3. High Orthodoxy (1640-1700)
4. Particular Baptists
5. Philosophical Works
6. Confessional Documents
Appendix: Definitions of Affections and Passions

This book will be available through RBAP in a few days.

8 Replies to “Upcoming Book: ‘God without Passions, A Reader’ edited by Samuel Renihan [RBAP]”

  1. looks very very good… I’m really enjoying RBAP’s books these days. I pray that the Lord will provide wider readership for these books.

  2. First time I ever read an article on this subject, I was looking at the The Literary and Theological Review, from Andover, for 1733 and found a great article by John Woodbridge. D.D. https://books.google.com/books?id=1ecRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PP11&lpg=PP11&dq=john+Woodbridge+God+without+passions&source=bl&ots=qQ41loF0uV&sig=asp6aw24GorkIzDsQLfshvF43qs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UOG2VNe_CoXcaJjigbgM&ved=0CDkQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=john%20Woodbridge%20God%20without%20passions&f=false

  3. “When someone starts to tinker with the doctrine of Scripture, many Christians instinctively feel that something nefarious is being done. But when someone starts to tinker with the doctrine of God, many simply assume that very clever people are engaged in improving tradition.” From Trueman’s forward to God without Passions.

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