Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tom Nettles: The Calvinist History of Baptists & the Present Controversy over the Doctrines of Grace (Part 1)

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Tom Nettles, author of the nearly 500-page book By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological, and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life will address the theme: "The Calvinist History of Baptists & the Present Controversy over the Doctrines of Grace".

According to the author's preface:

Initially this book arose, published in 1986, as a response to church reactions to the January Bible Study of 1980. Since then, the issues engaged have become more visible, more widely embraced by church members, pastors, denominational servants, more controversial and ardently opposed by some, and the subject of many discussion groups in churches and a variety of denominational settings. The attention focused on the doctrines of grace is good; it is healthy to give intense thought to issues of God's holiness, His sovereignty, and His efficacious and infinitely wise design in the justification of sinners under the curse of His Law.

"Tom Nettles' book By His Grace and For His Glory is a landmark study. Bringing together the disciplines of the school, the concerns of the preacher and the heart of a Christian, Nettles effectively reminds Baptists of our own day what so many before us believed to be the gospel."

Dr. Mark Dever
Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
Washington, DC

"Twenty years after its first appearance, Tom Nettles' book remains an important work for modern Baptists. His major historical thesis-that the doctrines of grace formed a theological consensus among Baptists in the Southern states for the mid-nineteenth century into the first quarter of the twentieth century-has not seriously been engaged, much less refuted, by detractors and others who are less than thrilled by this doctrinal heritage. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to be honest when assessing historical Southern Baptist theology."

Dr. Tom Ascol
Pastor of Grace Baptist Church
Cape Coral, FL

Tom Nettles is a graduate of Mississippi College (BA) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv and PhD). He is widely regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historical theologians in America. He previously taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he was Professor of Church History and Chair of the Department of Church History. Since 1997 he has served as Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.


YnottonY said...
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YnottonY said...

Here is Robert W. Oliver's assessment of Nettles on John Gill. Source: The Banner of Truth 284 (May 1987) 30-32.

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