Packer, J.I.

A Quest for Godliness: the Puritan Vision of the Christian Life



A Quest for Godliness: the Puritan Vision of the Christian Life

Book Description:

A Quest for Godliness explores the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life. Drawing on a lifetime of study, Packer surveys the lives and teachings of great Puritan leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards. He examines the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. The Puritans' faith, Packer argues, stands in marked contrast with the superficiality of modern western Christianity.

In a time of failing vision and decaying values, this powerful portrait of the Puritans is a beacon of hope that calls us to radical commitment and action, both desperately needed today. Beautifully written, A Quest for Godliness is a moving and challenging exploration of Puritan life and thought. Here is J. I. Packer at his very best.

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
The Puritans in Profile: 2. Why We Need the Puritans 3. Puritanism as a Movement of Revival 4. The Practical Writings of the English Puritans
The Puritans and the Bible: 5. John Owen on Communication from God 6. The Puritans as Interpreters of Scripture 7. The Puritan Conscience
The Puritans and the Gospel 8. Saved by His Precious Blood: An Introduction to John Owen's The Death of Death in the Death of Christ 9. The Doctrine of Justification in Development and Decline Among the Puritans 10. The Puritan Views of Preaching the Gospel
The Puritans and the Holy Spirit 11. The Witness of the Spirit in Puritan Thought 12. The Spirituality of John Owen 13. John Owen on Spiritual Gifts
The Puritan Christian Life 14. The Puritans and the Lord's Day 15. The Puritan Approach to Worship 16. Marriage and Family in Puritan Thought
The Puritans in Ministry 17. Puritan Preaching 18. Puritan Evangelism 19. Jonathan Edwards and Revival 


J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

Additional Information:

Number of Pages:367
Publication Date:2010