Sunday, August 27, 2006

Banner of Truth Books news!

Presently confined to the house with a back injury (yes, caused by moving theological books) I had time and opportunity to check out the Banner of Truth site: . What a treat they have for us! Not only Iain Murray's new book on Scottish Christianity, but two excellent reprints. Dr. Alexander Whyte might even counsel you to go and sell your beds to buy them!

First up is T.M. Lindsay's 'Handbook on the Reformation" (not to be confused with the later two-volume work). As an introduction to the Reformation it is quite unequalled.Our copy dates from 1935 (twenty-first thousand) and was formerly the property of one Mr. Maelwyn Daniel of Memorial College, Brecon, who came into possession of it in October 1937. The fact that it was continuously in print from 1882 to 1935 tells us something. Previously I have had to tell people to try and obtain one second-hand, but now it will be available in all good bookshops. I suggest that all who can get hold of a copy and read with great attention the last section on the nature and principles of the Reformation. In it they shall read that the Reformation was first and foremost a REvival, that it only came into contact with politics because of the social and political structures of the times, and that the Reformers were, in the truest sense, CATHOLIC. Finally they will read of the great DOCTRINAL principles of the Reformation. Lindsay spent his life researching the Reformation and those who have his 'Handbook' have the history of that great revival of religion in a small compass. The already great value of the work is increased by the 'Chronological Summary' at the back in which contemporary secular events (coronations of kings, etc.), events in the history of the Lutheran, Reformed and Roman Catholic Churches, and in 'Revolutionary movements' (Mystics and Anabaptists), Protestant Theology and later the Anglican Church are recorded in paralell columns. First published in 1882 this is an excellent work, and we at Free St. George's are glad to see it back in print again.

The other book is Charles J. Brown's book on 'The Ministry'. We have heard great things about it, but it was incredibly rare and we have not actually SEEN a copy. Needless to say, we shall be trying to obtain one when it is released in the UK.



Blogger Jonathan Moorhead said...

Back injuries are absolutely debilitating aren’t they? Use lots of heat and ice. Thanks for the book list.

3:38 pm  
Blogger Highland Host said...

Thank you for your concern. The awful thing is that it kept me away from church, as I can't exactly get about right now. And I was so looking forward to being in the pew rather than the pulpit (metaphorically speaking. The little Wesleyan Reform chapel I would have gone to has comfortable upholstered chairs. Unfortunately my back wouldn't let me cycle there).

Will Hiraeth please tell us whose college 'Memorial College Brecon' was?

10:50 pm  
Blogger Ryan S. said...

Banner of Truth does have some good books.

10:59 pm  
Blogger Hiraeth said...

Old boy, if you'd actually read the first of my posts on the decline of Welsh Nonconformity, you'd know it was Congregationalist.

The Rev. Philip Swann, late of Ashford in the County of Middlesex was trained there, among others.

11:21 am  
Blogger Highland Host said...

Sorry, effect of back-pains

11:35 am  

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