The Marrow of Modern Divinity
“Essential reading for us today if we wish to understand the Antinomian and neonomian debates...and how these debates...never seem to go away.”– Mark JonesSee All
“...one of the most important texts in the history of Reformed discussions of justification, assurance and ethics...This is a book which repays the time spent studying it.”– Carl TruemanSee All
“The Marrow of Modern Divinity is one of the most important theological texts of all time.”– Derek Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MississippiSee All
"Anyone who comes to grips with the issues raised in The Marrow of Modern Divinity will almost certainly grow by leaps and bounds in understanding three things: the grace of God, the Christian life, and the very nature of the gospel itself. I personally owe it a huge debt. Despite their mild-mannered appearance, these pages contain a powerful piece of propaganda. Read them with great care!”– Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South CarolinaSee All
Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
The Marrow of Modern Divinity proclaims a gospel that can rescue us from both of these dangers. Filled with quotations from the great reformer Martin Luther and from the worthy Puritans, The Marrow emphasizes biblical, evangelical doctrines such as the sovereignty of God in the covenant of grace, the free offer of the gospel, assurance in Christ as the essence of faith, and sanctification by grace rather than by the law. Thomas Boston loved these grace-filled doctrines and discovered that they strengthened his hold on the precious gospel that he lived and preached.”– Philip G. Ryken, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSee All
Sinclair B. Ferguson
Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
“Both legalism and antinomianism are perennial dangers for the church and for individual Christians. When we begin to think of the Christian life primarily as a list of dos and don’ts, we are under the sway of legalism. When we begin to think that it is okay for us to go ahead and sin, because God will forgive us anyway, we are feeling the temptation of antinomianism.See All
Philip G. Ryken
Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
An intriguing book, quite unlike any other The Marrow of Modern Divinity defies pigeonholing. It was written in the 1600s by an author of whom we know little, yet it proved to be a critically important and controversial theological text.
Penned as dialogue between a minister (Evangelista), a young Christian (Neophytus), a legalist (Nomista) who believes Christianity is a set of rules to be obeyed and Antinomista who thinks it's okay to sin because God will forgive him anyway, it makes for a wonderfully insightful book that remains tremendously relevant for our world today.
This newly laid out and eagerly awaited edition includes explanatory notes by the famous puritan Thomas Boston, an Introduction by Philip Ryken and an historical Introduction by William Vandoodewaard.