10 January 2008

Make One Theologian Your Life's Interest...

In the recent interview of Derek Thomas by the Exiled Preacher, Thomas said he was once told by Iain Murray that he should “make one theologian your life’s interest and hobby.” That really started me thinking. Who would that be for me? I’m not sure I could narrow that down to just one or even one living and one dead. I’ve always been of the belief to study as much as possible of everyone to get an over-arching understanding of the subject(s). I guess if I had to narrow it down to one, it would be John Flavel but I just don’t think I can limit myself to one. Looking at modern day theologians I would go with John Piper. I have found Flavel’s Keeping the Heart and Mysteries of Providence most helpful in my life and I return to these works often. Piper has such a good balance of intellect and heart that few are his equal and thus I continue to buy his books and listen to his sermons and lectures. We should not overlook the fact that desiringgod.org has the best internet policy for listening and downloading of any Christian site I have come across. So who is your life's interest and hobby?

6 comments:

Jim said...

I always like Piper and enjoyed some of his books.

ReformedChristian said...

I also love Piper, I enjoy listening to him and reading him. I tried to stay clear of Edwards as my Church so I went with Owen, but Owen is very dry. Edwards is Piper before Piper as he says the exact same things just in C18th language. Flavel also is a Christian Hedonist and I enjoy reading him. I think I would pick Edwards for my dead theologian praise God that we don't have to go with one.
Shalom
Stephen

Jason said...

I would say mine is the now living American Calvinist Theologian R.C. Sproul.

Reformed Renegade said...

Thanks for dropping by Jason! Sproul is cool, no doubt.

Daniel Ritchie said...

R.J. Rushdoony

Reformed Renegade said...

Oh yeah, Rush is great. I've met both Rush and Bahnsen and both had a heavy influence on me in my theology, that's why picking just one or two was so difficult.