Human Nature in its Fourfold State: Of Primitive Integrity, Entire Depravity, Begun Recovery, and Consumate Happiness or Misery Boston, Thomas cover image

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  • 512 Pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth
  • Publication Date: June 1964
  • ISBN: SBOSTOTHHUMANNATUREINITSFOUR9780851515595

Human Nature in its Fourfold State: Of Primitive Integrity, Entire Depravity, Begun Recovery, and Consumate Happiness or Misery

Boston, Thomas

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It is evident why Boston’s work enjoyed such popularity. So basic is his material, and so thorough his presentation of it, the Human Nature in Its Fourfold State speaks to the spiritual needs of every reader. For those who ask about the origin and meaning of human existence, Boston provides the biblical answer; for those who are confused about the Christian gospel, Boston explains its meaning and its power.

Listen to an episode of Reformed Forum entitled Thomas Boston: Preacher of the Fourfold State.

About the Author

Born into relative obscurity in 1676 in Duns, Berwickshire, Thomas Boston died in 1732 in the small parish of Ettrick in the Scottish Borders. But his 56 years of life, 45 of them spent in conscious Christian discipleship, lend credibility to the spiritual principle that it is not where a Christian serves, but what quality of service he renders, that really counts.

Graduating in Arts from Edinburgh University, Boston spent only one session in theological college before completing his studies extramurally. With arduous discipline, his private studies, sustained by a meagre library, earned him a widespread reputation. As a Hebrew scholar he was, writes George Morison, ‘welcomed as an equal by the finest Hebrew scholars in the world’; as a theologian, Jonathan Edwards wrote that he was ‘a truly great divine’. But it is as a loving, faithful, rigorously self-disciplined Christian pastor, and one deeply committed to the grace of God, that Boston is best remembered.

Leaving his first charge at Simprin (where he served 1699-1707), he settled in Ettrick for a 25-year ministry that saw the number of communicants rise from 60 to 777. Constantly burdened for his congregation, Boston taught them in season and out of season, in pulpit and in home; burdened for the truth of the gospel, he overcame all natural timidity to engage in controversy over the teaching of Professor Simson (who was charged with heretical doctrine), and in the famous ‘Marrow Controversy’.

It is, however, as a preacher that Boston’s influence was most widely felt; out of this ministry came Human Nature in Its Fourfold State and other works of enduring value. Boston’s Memoirs record the joys and sorrows, the burdens and victories of his life. Both of these titles are published by the Trust.

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It is evident why Boston’s work enjoyed such popularity. So basic is his material, and so thorough his presentation of it, the Human Nature in Its Fourfold State speaks to the spiritual needs of every reader. For those who ask about the origin and meaning of human existence, Boston provides the biblical answer; for those who are confused about the Christian gospel, Boston explains its meaning and its power.

Listen to an episode of Reformed Forum entitled Thomas Boston: Preacher of the Fourfold State.

About the Author

Born into relative obscurity in 1676 in Duns, Berwickshire, Thomas Boston died in 1732 in the small parish of Ettrick in the Scottish Borders. But his 56 years of life, 45 of them spent in conscious Christian discipleship, lend credibility to the spiritual principle that it is not where a Christian serves, but what quality of service he renders, that really counts.

Graduating in Arts from Edinburgh University, Boston spent only one session in theological college before completing his studies extramurally. With arduous discipline, his private studies, sustained by a meagre library, earned him a widespread reputation. As a Hebrew scholar he was, writes George Morison, ‘welcomed as an equal by the finest Hebrew scholars in the world’; as a theologian, Jonathan Edwards wrote that he was ‘a truly great divine’. But it is as a loving, faithful, rigorously self-disciplined Christian pastor, and one deeply committed to the grace of God, that Boston is best remembered.

Leaving his first charge at Simprin (where he served 1699-1707), he settled in Ettrick for a 25-year ministry that saw the number of communicants rise from 60 to 777. Constantly burdened for his congregation, Boston taught them in season and out of season, in pulpit and in home; burdened for the truth of the gospel, he overcame all natural timidity to engage in controversy over the teaching of Professor Simson (who was charged with heretical doctrine), and in the famous ‘Marrow Controversy’.

It is, however, as a preacher that Boston’s influence was most widely felt; out of this ministry came Human Nature in Its Fourfold State and other works of enduring value. Boston’s Memoirs record the joys and sorrows, the burdens and victories of his life. Both of these titles are published by the Trust.

  • Cover Type:
  • 512 Pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth
  • Publication Date: June 1964
  • ISBN: SBOSTOTHHUMANNATUREINITSFOUR9780851515595