Monday, 25 November 2013

New Partnership With Logos Bible Software

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Monday, 9 September 2013

Williams Wileman's biography of John Calvin now on-line

The following book is now available on-line in PDF:

William Wileman, John Calvin: His Life, His Teaching and His Influence. London: Robert Banks & Son, n.d. Hbk. pp.147.

It dates from around 1909 and is in the Public Domain.

Click here to download.

Monday, 2 September 2013

September News: Forthcoming Material and Latest Developments

I have updated my brochure introducing Theology on the Web to reflect the latest developments. You can download a copy here. Please pass on a copy to anyone whom you think would be interested in supporting this ministry. The priorities for the rest of the year are:
  • Continuing to focus on uploading high quality theological journals and articles. Although I will be adding a few digitised books, other people are filling this need via archive.org. Unless important titles are blocked, damaged or incomplete then it does not seem a good use of my time to duplicate them.
  • Adding more journal titles to the list I am already working on.
  • To seek paid advertising from Bible Colleges and Seminaries that would guarantee basic site running costs. The websites had over 145,000 visitors in April who are obviously interested in theology, so the sites would seem to lend themselves to this use.
  • To build up a base support of those who are willing to contribute towards the ongoing development of the sites. There are a number of ways to support the sites other than financially, click here to find out how.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Bargain Reformation Church History Books Available

On the Theology on the Web hub site I list a number of painless ways to support the development of these websites. One of the easiest is to use the affiliate product links on the sites when you are buying books. With that in mind I wanted to bring to your attention a number of closeouts on the Christian Book Distributor's website that would be relevant to those interested in Reformation Church History.


563610: Institutes of the Christian Religion, Deluxe Edition Institutes of the Christian Religion, Deluxe Edition
By John Calvin, translated by Henry Beveridge / Hendrickson Publishers

This limited edition of John Calvin's Reformation classic, Institutes of the Christian Religion, commemorates the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth in 1509.
This beautiful new jacketed cloth volume features:
  • An eight-page, four-color insert on coated stock, including a frontispiece featuring the title page of the original publication and a timeline of the Reformation and of John Calvin's life
  • Two ribbon markers
  • Gold foil and embossing
The word "Institutes" would be better translated as "Principles of the Christian Faith" or "Instruction in the Christian Faith." The book was intended as an elementary manual for general readers who wanted to know something about the evangelical faith. The first part of the title expressed this aim: "The Principles of the Christian Faith, containing almost the whole sum of godliness and whatever it is necessary to know about saving doctrine." Calvin later wrote that, when he undertook the work, "all I had in mind was to hand on some elementary teaching by which anyone who had been touched by an interest in religion might be formed to true godliness. I labored at the task especially for our own Frenchmen, for I saw that many were hungering and thirsting after Christ and yet that only a very few had any real knowledge of him."
562989: Lectures on Calvinism: The Stone Lectures of 1898 Lectures on Calvinism: The Stone Lectures of 1898
By Abraham Kuyper / Hendrickson Publishers

Delivered by Dutch theologian/politician Kuyper at Princeton Theological Seminary, these famous lectures defend Calvinism as a life-system, holding it up as the most "biblical" form of Christianity. Reveals Calvinism as it relates to and transforms religion, politics, science, art, and every aspect of society. 227 pages, hardcover. Hendrickson.
224165: New Westminster Dictionary of Church History, Volume One: The Early, Medieval, and Reformation Eras New Westminster Dictionary of Church History, Volume One: The Early, Medieval, and Reformation Eras
By Edited by Robert Benedetto / Westminster John Knox Press

Jerald Brauer's original Westminster Dictionary of Church History ably served an entire generation of pastors, students, and scholars. Commissioned to maintain the tradition of up-to-date definitions and explanations, this edition incorporates the latest findings concerning major personalities, events, facts, and movements. Featuring nearly 1,400 authoritative articles from more than 200 contributors, it covers the early, medieval, and Reformation periods. 768 pages, hardcover from Westminster John Knox.
231705: Calvin"s Institutes of the Christian Religion on CD-ROM Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion on CD-ROM
By Ed. by John T. McNeill, trans. by Ford Lewis Battles / Westminster John Knox Press

John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion has been one of the most important works in Christian theology for nearly five hundred years. The much-esteemed English translation of this work by Ford Lewis Battles, part of the Library of Christian Classics, has been the primary English translation for the past forty years. Built with Adobe PDF technology, the CD-ROM is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

System Requirements

Windows
  • Intel Pentium III or higher
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, XP (service pack 2)
  • 128MB RAM (256MB recommended for complex forms or large documents)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Firefox 1.5 or higher, AOL 9 or higher
Macintosh
  • Power PC, G3, G4, G5 or Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v 10.4.3 or higher
  • 128 MB RAM (256MB recommended for complex forms or large documents)
  • 170MB of available hard disk space
  • Safari 2.0.2 or higher
226435: John Calvin"s Exegesis of the Old Testament John Calvin's Exegesis of the Old Testament
By David L. Puckett / Westminster John Knox Press

John Calvin's reading of the Old Testament was a departure from that of many of his contemporaries. He rejected much of the traditional Christian exegesis of the Old Testament that attempted to to explain it in terms of the New Testament revelation of Christ. He also rejected much of the traditional Jewish exegesis of the Old Testament that favored a more so-called historical approach to the writings. Instead he offered a middle way to interpret the Old Testament scripture with respect to both traditions. David Puckett examines this often-neglected area of study of John Calvin's exegetical reasoning in this comprehensive and fascinating analysis.

The Columbia Series in Reformed Theology represents a joint commitment by Columbia Theological Seminary and Westminster John Knox Press to provide theological resources from the Reformed tradition for the church today. This series examines theological and ethical issues that confront church and society in our own particular time and place.
234089: John Calvin, Reformer for the 21st Century John Calvin, Reformer for the 21st Century
By William Stacy Johnson / Westminster John Knox Press

Many would argue that a true understanding of contemporary Christian thought is impossible without a basic understanding of John Calvin's contributions. Now, just in time for the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth, William Stacy Johnson, a leading theologian, offers this clear and fundamental study of Calvin's insights as a primer for those with little or no knowledge of his work.
Calvin is more than just a figure from history. His life and work-both infused with his passion for the reform of the church-had a continuing impact through the centuries, not only on the church but on society in general. Enhanced with questions for discussion and a handy glossary, this volume is sure to be an invaluable resource for those who seek an accessible way into a deeper understanding of Calvin's role in the development of today's Christian faith.
28356: John Wyclif: Myth & Reality John Wyclif: Myth & Reality
By G.R. Evans / Inter-varsity Press

Offering a richly detailed journey through the social, political, and intellectual complexities of 14th-century Oxford, Evans explores the life and legend of the Englishman known as the "morning star of the Reformation." Dispelling myths and correcting caricatures, this accessible biography highlights key events and issues that defined Wyclif's historical significance. 352 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity.
4010XDA: Theology of the Reformers  - Slightly Imperfect Theology of the Reformers - Slightly Imperfect
By B & H Publishing Group

233419: Infant Baptism in Reformation Geneva: The Shaping of a Community, 1536-1564 Infant Baptism in Reformation Geneva: The Shaping of a Community, 1536-1564
By Karen E. Spierling / Westminster John Knox Press

This book examines beliefs, practices, and arguments surrounding infant baptism in Geneva during the time of John Calvin (1509-1564). Spierling studies several facets of Calvin's theology of baptism, including its impact on the formation of community; its doctrine and liturgy; its role in the raising of children; and the parts played by parents, ministers, godparents, and midwives in the practice of baptism. The book also highlights some of the controversies surrounding baptism in the sixteenth century, most notably the tension between Calvin's theology of baptism and that of the Roman Catholic Church.
4232306: The Writings of John Calvin: An Introductory Guide, Expanded Edition The Writings of John Calvin: An Introductory Guide, Expanded Edition
By Wulfert de Greef, translated by Lyle D. Bierma / Westminster John Knox Press

A clear and comprehensive guide to the thought of the great Genevan Reformer! In this expanded academic resource, De Greef guides readers through Calvin's writings; explores the historical background of each work; and provides insight into the texts themselves. Includes a helpful biography and life overview. 253 pages, hardcover from Westminster John Knox.
224028: The Division of Christendom: Christianity in the Sixteenth Century The Division of Christendom: Christianity in the Sixteenth Century
By Hans J. Hillerbrand / Westminster John Knox Press

The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century marked a transformative era in Western civilization. Discussing the significant ways in which theological disagreements divided the church, Hillerbrand examines the roles of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and the Anabaptists, interpreting their influences in historical context while reflecting on the consequences of the Reformation for the contemporary church. 504 pages, softcover from Westminster/John Knox.
223984: The Westminster Handbook to Theologies of the Reformation The Westminster Handbook to Theologies of the Reformation
By R. Ward Holder / Westminster John Knox Press

The Westminster Handbook to Theologies of the Reformation provides a unique, and accurate, and easily grasped entry into the main terms and issues that made this period so important theologically. A variety of Reformation experts succinctly summarize the ideas that led to such explosive changes throughout Europe and the New World.

No other volume provides such an easy entry into the key concepts that motivated the main streams of the Protestant Reformation- Lutheran, Reformed, and Anabaptist. This is a welcome addition to the Westminster Handbooks to Christian Theology series.

About the series
The Westminster Handbook to Christian Theology series provides a set of resources for the study of historic and contemporary theological movements and Christian theologians. These books are intended to help students and scholars find concise and accurate treatments of important theological terms.
226906: Martin Bucer: A Reformer and His Times Martin Bucer: A Reformer and His Times
By Martin Greschat; Stephen Buckwalter, trans. / Westminster John Knox Press

Martin Greschat's seminal work is the first biography of the important Protestant reformer to be written in seventy years. Now translated into English, this work - "the most comprehensive account of Bucer's place within the context of the history of the Reformation" (The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation)- transcends normal biographies by providing much of interest in relation to the social and political context of the sixteenth century. Lucid in style and mature in scholarship, Greschat's Martin Bucer is a splendid contribution to Reformation studies.
233464: John Calvin and Evangelical Theology: Legacy and Prospect John Calvin and Evangelical Theology: Legacy and Prospect
By Edited by Sung Wook Chung / Westminster John Knox Press

This latest offering by noted theologian Sung Wook Chung examines the ways in which John Calvin (1509-1564) continues to impact the global evangelical movement in the twenty-first century.
This useful collection is perhaps most distinguished by the diversity of its contributors. Literally spanning the globe, the group of scholars whose work is included represents a wealth of viewpoints from various traditions including Dutch neo-Calvinism, the French Reformed tradition, Scottish American Presbyterianism, Anglicanism, Congregationalism, the Baptist Tradition, Calvinist Dispensationalism, Asian Reformed tradition, African American Reformed tradition, and Latin American Evangelicalism. Together, they offer an enlightening glimpse into the historical Calvin and project that understanding on the evangelical movement of the future.
22850X: Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety
By Serene Jones / Westminster John Knox Press

Serene Jones takes a fresh look at the Institutes of the Christian Religion as she draws a compelling portrait of Calvin as a Christian teacher engaged in the classical art of rhetoric. According to Jones, this art was used knowingly and skillfully by Calvin to persuade and challenge his diverse audiences. Thus, she offers a theological-rhetorical reading of the first three chapters of Calvin's Institutes. What emerges is a truly original interpretation of Calvin as a theologian concerned to craft Christian character and piety. Jones thereby places Calvin's theology on the growing edge of contemporary discussions of the uses of doctrine in Christian community.
4232252: Calvin: A Brief Guide to His Life and Thought Calvin: A Brief Guide to His Life and Thought
By Willem Van't Spijker; Lyle D. Bierma, trans. / Westminster John Knox Press

John Calvin (1509-1564) was one of the main Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century. His thought spread worldwide, and today he is still looked to for theological insights and as a guide to Christian faith by millions of people. In this book, one of the world's leading Calvin scholars, Willem van 't Spijker, provides a compact guide to Calvin's life and the main elements of his thought. Van 't Spijker, a respected Calvin researcher, bases this work on the best contemporary scholarship. By tracing Calvin's influence, he shows both the development of Calvin's thought and the ways in which it was important in his time and later. The book will be an excellent introduction to Calvin's life and thought for both beginning students and those already acquainted with Calvin's work. It will be a splendid resource for the 500th anniversary year of Calvin's birth (2009) and beyond.
232276: John Calvin Rediscovered: The Impact of His Social and Economic Thought John Calvin Rediscovered: The Impact of His Social and Economic Thought
By Edward Dommen & James D. Bratt / Westminster John Knox Press

Having grown out of a 2004 consultation sponsored by the John Knox International Reformed Center, the University of Geneva, and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the essays in John Calvin Rediscovered revive the social and economic thought of John Calvin, first exploring Calvin in his own time and then turning to Calvin's global influence. In addition to the editors, contributors include Lukas Vischer, Elsie Anne McKee, Robert Kingdon, Fran?ois Dermange, Eberhard Busch, Eduardo Galaso Faria, Seong-Won ckelberger, and Peter Opitz.Park, Christoph St
Edward Dommen is President of the Scientific Committee of the Geneva International Academic Network and Economist Emeritus of the United Nations Development Advisory Team.
James D. Bratt is Director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has written numerous books on American religious history, including Antirevivalism in Antebellum America and Dutch Calvinism in Modern America.
26945: Reformed Confessions of the Sixteenth Century Reformed Confessions of the Sixteenth Century
By Arthur C. Cochrane, ed. / Westminster John Knox Press

This collection of Reformed Confessions of the Sixteenth Century makes available a number of confessional documents that are not easily accessible elsewhere. Cochrane's introduction to the work and to each confession indicates each document's importance and its theological emphases. A New Introduction by Jack Rogers focuses on developments in the study of Reformed Confessions since the appearance of Cochrane's book in 1966.
232930: We Believe in God and in Christ, Not in the Church: The Influence of Wessel Gansfort on Martin Bucer We Believe in God and in Christ, Not in the Church: The Influence of Wessel Gansfort on Martin Bucer
By Marijn de Kroon / Westminster John Knox Press

This English translation from the Dutch volume is a study of a quotation by St. Augustine as it was understood in the late medieval period. De Kroon focuses on how this quotation was interpreted by two theologians: Wessel Gansforth (d. 1489), the Northern humanist and theologian connected to the devotio moderna and the Brethren of the Common Life, and Martin Bucer (d. 1551), the Protestant reformer who further developed Gansforth's ideas. This study is accompanied by a series of shorter texts, all showing the reception of Augustine's phrase in late medieval theology and contrasting it with Gansforth's understanding of it, which Bucer was to adopt. With his commented edition of sourcetexts, de Kroon throws a new light on the links between late medieval and Reformation thought, demonstrating how a fully fledged reformer like Bucer used the works of medieval theologians. In fact, this is the first work to point to a concrete case of Gansforth's influence on the Reformation.
862273: Friends of Calvin Friends of Calvin
By Machiel A. van den Berg; Reinder Bruinsma, trans. / Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

See Calvin through the eyes of those who knew him best! From aristocrats and students to doctors and theologians, these insightful writings focus on who Calvin was instead of what he did. Includes essays by Claude d'Hangest, Nicolas Cop, William Farel, Idelette van Buren, Lord and Lady de Falais, John Knox, Theodore Beza, and others.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Samuel J. Mikolaski on The Atonement in British Theology

The following article is now available on-line in PDF:

Samuel J. Mikolaski, "The Atonement in British Theology," Themelios 2.1 (1964): 7-14.

Visit the latest additions page for the link.

Tom Noble on Our Knowledge of God According to John Calvin

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

Thomas A. Noble, "Our Knowledge of God According to John Calvin," The Evangelical Quarterly 54.1 (Jan.-Feb. 1982): 2-13.

Click here to download.

My thanks to Dr Noble to his kind permission to reproduce this article.

Monday, 8 April 2013

The English Bible Under the Tudor Sovereigns by W.T. Whitley now available on-line

The following book is now available on-line in PDF:

W.T. Whitley [1858-1942], The English Bible Under the Tudor Sovereigns. London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, n.d. Hbk. pp.127.

Click here for further details.

The book is now in the Public Domain.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Robert Demaus's Biography of Hugh Latimer now available on-line in PDF

The following book is now available on-line as a PDF. This work is in the Pubic Domain and can be freely distributed and copied.

Robert Demaus [1829?-1874], Hugh Latimer: A Biography. London: Religious Tract Society, n.d. 


The book is referenced in the Wikipedia article on Hugh Latimer. I would grateful if someone could add a hyperlink to the on-line version of the book.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Arthur Skevington Wood on Martin Luther, Doctor of Sacred Scripture


Thanks to the kind permission of Paternoster Press the following book is now available on-line:

Arthur Skevington Wood, Captive to the Word. Martin Luther, Doctor of Sacred Scripture. Exeter: The Paternoster Press. 1969. Hbk. ISBN: 0853640874. pp.192.

Visit the latest additions page for the link.

I would like to contact Rev Dr Wood's literary executor - if you know who that might be, please contact me.

I was able to buy this book to scan because of a donation I received from a supporter. If you would like to be part of this work, please click here to find out how.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

A. Skevington Wood on Luther's Principles of Biblical Interpretation

The following monograph is now available on-line in PDF:

A. Skevington Wood, Luther's Principles of Biblical Interpretation. London: The Tyndale Press, 1946. pp.36.

All reasonable efforts have been made to contact the copyright holder of this article without success. If you hold the rights, please contact me.

Monday, 21 March 2011

W. Stanford Reid on Calvin's Interpretation of the Reformation

The following article is now available in PDF:

W. Stanford Reid, "Calvin's Interpretation of the Reformation," The Evangelical Quarterly 29.1 (1957): 4-22.

This article appears by permission of the Trustess of The Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust.

New Site of Reformation Church History Under Construction

I am currently developing a website that will provide resources, including bibliographies and full-texts articles and books. The site is intended primarily for those wishing to study in more depth the European Reformation and its theological developments. Watch this space for further announcements.