Prepared by Grace, for Grace

Prepared by Grace, for Grace

The Puritans on God's Way of Leading Sinners to Christ.
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
Table of Contents:
Introduction: The Question of Preparationism Preparation and Modern Scholarship
Precedents to Puritan Preparation: Augustine to Calvin
Preparation and Early English Puritans: Perkins, Sibbes, and Preston
Preparation for Conversion: William Ames
Preparation in Early New England (I): Thomas Hooker
Preparation in Early New England (II): Shepard and Pemble
Preparation and the Antinomian Controversy: John Cotton
Preparation at the Pinnacle of Puritanism: Westminster, Burroughs, and
Preparation under a Scholastic Lens: Norton
Preparation and Later Puritan Critiques: Goodwin and Firmin
Later Puritan Preparation: Flavel and Bunyan
Jonathan Edwards and Seeking God
Continental Reformed Perspectives: Zwingli to Witsius
The Grace of Preparation for Faith
Appendix: William AmesÆs Theological Disputation on Preparation
I can think of no abler team of writers in the world today to tackle the " important issue of preparatory grace, with all of its attendant law-gospel
implications, than Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley. As with legalism, preparatory
grace suffers from verbal abuseùpartly through ignorance of the real issues,
and partly through prejudice for its supposed attempt to usurp gospel grace.
Beeke and Smalley have provided us with a plethora of historical and
theological material to enable us to walk through this controversial but
important issue. It has been suggested that to understand the relationship
between law and gospel is to be a theologian; on this score, these authors are
theologians par excellence. - Derek W. H. Thomas"
Authors: Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley.
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