Of the making of many books...

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Two new publications caught my eye this week, and there could hardly be a greater contrast. One comes from Ireland in the seventeenth century: The Body of Divinity: Being the Sum and Substance of the Christian Religion by Archbishop James Ussher.


As a linguist and Patristic scholar, he is best known for his biblical chronology, but this volume has been long overdue. This is a brand new edition edited and introduced by Dr. Crawford Gribben. Among other things, it includes the Archbishop's "Advices to Young Ministers at their Ordination." [Solid Ground Christian Books, 2007]

The other comes from the twentieth century:The Word in this World: Two Sermons by Karl Barth. Two sermons: one preached in 1912, the Sunday following the sinking of the Titanic, a "young" Barth, before the Church Dogmatics and Romans, barely recognizable as the Barth we know; the other preached in 1934, under the gathering storm clouds of Nazism (in which there no mention of either the Nazis or Hitler!), preaching "as if nothing happened." Published by Regent College Publishing, this is Barth as we perhaps don't know him

Posted July 26, 2007 @ 10:03 AM by Derek Thomas

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