Light Summer Reading

Owen - Death of Death Book Cover

My wife and I are taking a week-long vacation down in Tucson, Arizona to visit her parents. They just recently bought a house complete with a backyard pool and hot-tub. There are few things I enjoy more than sitting poolside on a beautiful summer morning whilst drinking a great cup of coffee and reading great old books.

This morning I’ve decided I’ll finally get around to fighting my way through John Owen’s Death of Death in the Death of Christ. I’ve read the introductory essay by J.I. Packer before but was struck by its greatness once again this morning. If you’ve never read it before, it’s a very elegant description of the importance for Owen’s work, a brief history of Gospel centered thought, and a summation of the historical tennants of Biblical centered Calvinism. Don’t let the “Calvinism” put you off of reading it, in fact if you’re in any way opposed to Calvinism (or have no idea what it even is) for whatever reasons – I almost implore you more so to read the introduction. Packer dispels many misconceptions and injustices done to Calvinism over the past (some of which I must admit are Calvinists’ faults – the faults of people are good arguments against trusting people, not against trusting the truth which they are inherently unable to adequately convey).

You don’t even need to go purchase the book to get the intro (although it alone is worth the price). Here’s a link to read or print off your own copy.

~ by veniatregnum on May 28, 2008.

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