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Audio and Book Talk: Sinclair Ferguson on Marrow of Modern Divinity

Ht: Against Heresies

The audio is available for download here.

R. Scott Clark put Marrow of Modern Divinity in his helpful “Annotated Reading List In Reformed Theology here.

Here is Clark’s comment regarding the book:

E. F. The Marrow of Modern Divinity, ed. Thomas Boston (Alberta, Canada: Still Waters, repr. 1991).That Thomas Boston thought this book was important enough to edit and reprint in his day, is a strong endorsement. The fact that this book is still controversial says volumes about the book and the state of Reformed theology today. If you are not sure what the difference is between Law and Gospel, this book will help.

Michael Horton writes a little regarding the history of the Marrow controversy:

Illustrative is the Marrow Controversy in Scotland, in which a rediscovered 1645 theology text, which had been celebrated by its contemporaries, was vilified as “antinomian” by an eighteenth-century Church of Scotland that indicted unblemished Puritan fathers such as John Preston as antinomian for regarding salvation entirely as a “deed of gift and grant.” Eventuating in the Secession of 1733, the controversy shows that the dominant sentiments in the Church of Scotland in that period were so far removed from those of the Reformation that the standard Reformed orthodoxy enshrined in the Westminster Standards could be condemned as antinomian heresy.

– Michael Horton in his chapter Law, Gospel, and Covenant: Reassessing Some Emerging Antitheses in the book Theologia et Apologia: Essays in Reformation Theology And Its Defense Presented to Rod Rosenbladt, edited by Adam S. Francisco, Korey D. Maas, and Steven P. Mueller. (262)

I ordered this book at the Reformed bookstore down the street today.  I know that there is an online version on Googlebooks, but I need something in my hands to mark, plus the subway and bus are great places to read.  I am ready to jump in and read.

Peter Chen is reading the book,  look for his post on this blog in the near future.

Parts from the preface here.

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