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Prepared by Grace, For Grace
Beeke & Smalley

Prepared by Grace, For Grace

ISBN: 9781601782342
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Book Description:

Few teachings of the Puritans have provoked such strong reactions and conflicting interpretations as their views on preparing for saving faith. Many twentieth-century scholars dismissed preparation as a prime example of regression from the Reformed doctrine of grace for a man-centered legalism. In Prepared by Grace, for Grace, Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley make careful analysis of the Puritan understanding of preparatory grace, demonstrate its fundamental continuity with the Reformed tradition, and identify matters where even the Puritans disagreed among themselves. Clearing away the many misconceptions and associated accusations of preparationism, this study is sure to be the standard work on how the Puritans understood the ordinary way God leads sinners to Christ.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: The Question of Preparationism 
2.Precedents to Puritan Preparation: Augustine to Calvin
3.Preparation and Early English Puritans: Perkins, Sibbes, and Preston
4.Preparation for Conversion: William Ames
5.Preparation in Early New England (I): Thomas Hooker
6.Preparation in Early New England (II): Shepard and Pemble
7.Preparation and the Antinomian Controversy: John Cotton
8.Preparation at the Pinnacle of Puritanism: Westminster, Burroughs, and Guthrie
9.Preparation under a Scholastic Lens: Norton
10.Preparation and Later Puritan Critiques: Goodwin and Firmin
11.Later Puritan Preparation: Flavel and Bunyan
12.Jonathan Edwards and Seeking God
13.Continental Reformed Perspectives: Zwingli to Witsius
14.The Grace of Preparation for Faith
Appendix: William Ames's Theological Disputation on Preparation


Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Paul M. Smalley is a teacher's assistant for Dr. Beeke.

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 297
Author: Beeke & Smalley
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Publication Date: 2012