Volume Eight includes Goodwin’s work on justification. He acknowledges the theological truth that we are saved by grace through faith—but how does that inform the life and thought of believers? Goodwin writes extensively the nature and object of faith, and the relationship between grace and faith. He also explores the ways in which faith is represented in the lives of believers, and concludes with an honest appraisal of faith’s challenges and difficulties.
Praise for the Print Edition
He speaks the intimacies of things from an inward sense and feeling of them in his own heart, to the particular cases and experiences of others.
- Title: The Works of Thomas Goodwin, vol. 8
- Author: Thomas Goodwin
- Publisher: James Nichol
- Publication Date: 1863
- Pages: 593
About Thomas Goodwin
Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680) was born in Norfolk in England as the oldest son of Richard and Catherine Goodwin. At the age of six, Goodwin, in his own words, “began to have some slighter workings of the Holy Spirit.” He attended Christ’s College in Cambridge, and was ordained as a preacher in 1625 and as a lecturer at Trinity Church in 1633.
In 1634, he resigned and in 1639 was forced to flee to the Netherlands to escape persecution.
After Goodwin returned to England, he became a member of the Westminster Assembly, and frequently preached in Parliament. In 1656, he also became chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Along with John Owen, Thomas Goodwin was instrumental in writing the Westminster Confession of 1658.
In 1660, Goodwin returned to London and served as pastor of Fetter Lane Independent Church, where he remained until his death.