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Book Title: God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible|
The author of the book: J.I. Packer
Edition: Baker Academic
Date of issue: May 1st 1994
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ISBN 13: 9780801071287
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This is a well-written book defending the inspiration, infallibility, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture against the pervasive theological liberalism of Packer's youth. It's also a balanced riposte to the onset of evangelical apathy towards the sufficiency and beauty of Scripture. The book can be dry at times, and is not nearly as engaging as his classic "Knowing God", but there are moments where Packer's warmth still comes through. For example, this paragraph about the purpose of God:
The truly staggering answer which the Bible gives to this question is that God's purpose in revelation is to make friends with us. It was to this end that He created us rational beings, bearing his image, able to think and hear and speak and love; He wanted there to be genuine personal affection and friendship, two-sided, between Himself and us—a relation, not like that between a man and his dog, but like that of a father to his son, or a husband to his wife. Loving friendship between two persons has no ulterior motive; it is an end in itself. And this is God's end in revelation. He speaks to us simply to fulfill that purpose for which we were made; that is, to bring to being a relationship in which He is a friend to us, and we to Him, He finding His joy in giving us gifts and we finding ours in giving Him thanks.
He also shows that the canon is not a product of the church, but rather a product of God, to be discovered and witnessed by the church. Overall, though I would not say that this book is for everyone. I think that anyone who is encountering ideas like "historical criticism", or Rob Bell's brand of "Love Wins" theology, or who might be in doubt about whether the words of the Bible are really the very words breathed out by God, will find in this book a helpful defense.
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Read information about the authorWhat do J. I. Packer, Billy Graham and Richard John Neuhaus have in common? Each was recently named by TIME magazine as among the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.
Dr. Packer, the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College, was hailed by TIME as “a doctrinal Solomon” among Protestants. “Mediating debates on everything from a particular Bible translation to the acceptability of free-flowing Pentecostal spirituality, Packer helps unify a community [evange licalism] that could easily fall victim to its internal tensions.”
Knowing God, Dr. Packer’s seminal 1973 work, was lauded as a book which articulated shared beliefs for members of diverse denominations; the TIME profile quotes Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington as saying, “conservative Methodists and Presbyterians and Baptists could all look to [Knowing God] and say, ‘This sums it all up for us.’”
In a similar tribute to Dr. Packer almost ten years ago, American theologian Mark Noll wrote in Christianity Today that, “Packer’s ability to address immensely important subjects in crisp, succinct sentences is one of the reasons why, both as an author and speaker, he has played such an important role among American evangelicals for four decades.”
For over 25 years Regent College students have been privileged to study under Dr. Packer’s clear and lucid teaching, and our faculty, staff and students celebrate the international recognition he rightly receives as a leading Christian thinker and teacher.
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