William Perkins Vol. 8 has landed!

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  1. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    The Works of William Perkins, Vol. 8 has arrived! This volume contains Perkins' practical treatises. In this volume, he masterfully works through cases of conscience and the assurance of faith.

    From the book description:
    This eighth volume includes five treatises meant to promote a good conscience before God. A Discourse of Conscience establishes a framework for understanding the importance of conscience and how it functions. The Whole Treatise of the Cases of Conscience is an extensive treatment of casuistry that treats man in his three principle conditions (by himself, in relation to God, and in relation to others). A Treatise Tending unto a Declaration whether a Man Is in the Estate of Damnation or in the Estate of Grace distinguishes between true and false professors, demonstrates how Roman Catholicism falls short of assurance, and highlights the devil’s attempts to sully the consciences of God’s people. A Case of Conscience gives full attention to the importance of personal assurance of salvation. A Grain of Mustard Seed provides consolation to weak Christians by encouraging them to recognize and grow in gratitude for the grace they have. There is much in the present volume to commend to the reader, but what clearly stands out is Perkins’s skill as a spiritual advisor.


    Table of Contents:

    General Preface
    Preface to Volume 8
    A Discourse of Conscience
    The First Book of the Cases of Conscience
    The Second Book of the Cases of Conscience
    The Third Book of the Cases of Conscience
    A Treatise Tending unto a Declaration whether a Man is in the
    Estate of Damnation or in the Estate of Grace
    The Whole Treatise of the Cases of Conscience
    A Grain of Mustard Seed
    Scripture Index
    Subject Index

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  2. moral necessity

    moral necessity Puritan Board Junior

    You guys are pumping out too much for my little wallet to keep up!!
    Praise God, and keep up the good work!

    Blessings!
     
  3. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    Thanks, brother. 2020 is going to be a big year for us. We have a lot of great projects in the pipeline.
     
  4. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    Robert, if you were to recommend one volume as a starter and entry into Perkins, which would you recommend?
     
  5. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    Great question. He is most known for his treatises in volume six, Golden Chain. I think volume seven is also a particularly important volume as he systematically contrasts Reformed theology with that of Rome.
    I would say start with volume one. The introductory essay is excellent in giving you an overview of his life and legacy. The treatises in that volume are a great entry into what he is about.
    I attached the list of what teach volume contains. If you see an area that you need to grow in, go for that volume. You can't go wrong with Perkins. He was a sober theologian. He did not seek to be an innovator or make a name for himself. His main goal was to clearly expound Reformed theology and guide those under him to Christ.
     

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  6. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    Besides The Art of Prophesying (which I am currently reading), are there any other works of his that address his methodology in training men for ministry?

    Thank you for the contents list.
     
  7. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    My advice is to read A Cloud of Witnesses, which is his exposition of Hebrews 11 that comprises the whole of volume 3. Since it is the briefest of the volumes, it makes sense to begin with it.
     
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