Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism

Moody Publishers, 2007.

Summary: An update of the earlier “Dispensationalism Today,” it has been expanded and in many ways improved. (I don’t have a copy of the earlier work and must rely on my memory.)

The author argues that Dispensationalism springs from a normal or literal hermeneutic. “The nonliteralist is the nonpremillennialist, the less specific and less consistent literalists are covenant premillennialist and the progressive dispensationalist, and the consistent literalist is a dispensationaslist” (102). He then attempts to defend normative or historical Dispensationalism, against progressive dispensationalists, non-premillennialists, and covenant premillennialists.

The marks of a Dispensationalist are then teaching a separation between Israel and the Church and literalism.

Benefits/Detriments: The spirit of the work is generally irenic. There seems to be a lack recognition of the role of presuppositions in Dispensationalistional hermeneutics. I was amused to discover that the only systemic theology of my childhood home (besides the Scofield and Ryrie study Bibles) was by an “ultradispensationalist,” Charles F. Baker.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aids to Reflection in the Formation of a Manly Character, on the Several Grounds of Prudence, Morality, and Religion

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

London, G. Bell and Sons, Ltd, 1913, 381 pgs.

Summary: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), the author of the  Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner , recovered from his opium addiction and recorded his insights o...

Jonathan Edwards, Treatise on Grace and Other Posthumously Published Writings

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

James Clarke and Co. Ltd, 1971, 131 pgs.

Summary: A collection of important, but somewhat rare scholastic works of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) which tend to correct misunderstandings about Edward’s Tri...



Tuesday, 08 July 2014
  • Bonaventure,  Commentary on Ecclesiastes (Works, vol. 7) -- A solid biblical exegesis of Ecclesiastes. He does use the Apocrypha, but his biblical theology is sufficient to overcome such deficiencies.  ...

Second Corinthians

Wednesday, 04 June 2014
  • Paul Barnett, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT) -- Somewhat moderate evangelical. Helpful insights into the Greek and cultural context.
  • John Calvin, Second Corinthians -- Solid. Does a great jo...