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Prepared by Grace, for Grace: The Puritans on God’s Way of Leading Sinners to Christ
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Prepared by Grace, for Grace: The Puritans on God’s Way of Leading Sinners to Christ

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Reformation Heritage 2013

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Overview

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.

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Key Features

  • Provides careful analysis of the Puritan understanding of preparatory grace
  • Identifies misconceptions and associated accusations of preparationism
  • Demonstrates the funamental continuity of preparatory grace in the Reformed tradition

Contents

  • Preparation and Modern Scholarship
  • Precedents to Puritan Preparation: Augustine to John Calvin
  • Preparation and Early English Puritans: William Perkins, Richard Sibbes, and John Preston
  • William Ames and Preparation for Conversion
  • Preparation in Early New England (I): Thomas Hooker
  • Preparation in Early New England (II): Thomas Shepard and William Pemble
  • Preparation and the Antinomian Controversy: John Cotton
  • Preparation at the Apex of Puritanism: Westminster, Jeremiah Burroughs, and William Guthrie
  • Preparation under a Scholastic Lens: John Norton
  • Preparation and Subsequent Puritan Critiques: Thomas Goodwin and Giles Firmin
  • Later Puritan Preparation: John Flavel and John Bunyan
  • Jonathan Edwards and Seeking God
  • Continental Reformed Perspectives: Ulrich Zwingli to Herman Witsius
  • The Grace of Preparation for Faith

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About the Authors

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

Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, and editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth. He has written, coauthored, or edited over 70 books.