Explaining the essentials of the faith, Packer outlines the core commitments that are common to those of us who profess belief in Jesus. Here is a call to discipleship in mere Christianity—the business of taking God seriously.
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Like many people, I first discovered what it meant ‘to take God seriously’ through reading J.I. Packer’s books. It is thus an honor and a delight to be asked to write a commendation for his latest work, a basic catechetical plea for sober, modest, thoughtful and orthodox theology. In a church world dominated by Barnum and Bailey circus antics and the brash triviality borrowed from the world around in the name of ‘engagement,’ Dr. Packer remains a truly engaging and gentlemanly advocate for those old paths which are ever fresh.
—Carl R. Trueman, professor of church history, Westminster Theological Seminary
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J.I. Packer, is considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. Packer committed his life to Christ after hearing lectures from C.S. Lewis at Oxford. In the 1950s, Packer was ordained a deacon and priest in the Church of England. Before moving to Canada, he lectured at several schools, including Tyndale Hall in Bristol, Latimer House at Oxford, and Oak Hill Theological College in London.
Packer is currently a professor of theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and serves as the honorary president of the Latimer Trust. Packer has written and edited numerous books, including Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible and Concise Theology. He is also the editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible, the New Bible Dictionary, and New Dictionary of Theology.