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REVIEW OF T. J. CRAWFORD'S THE MYSTERIES OF CHRISTIANITY

06/26/2018

REVIEW OF T. J. CRAWFORD’S THE MYSTERIES OF CHRISTIANITY (Revealed Truths Expounded and Defended); Banner of Truth; 329 pages; hardback

Thomas John Crawford was a leading conservative pastor and theologian in 19th century Scotland. In 1874 he delivered the Baird Lectures and they were thought to be so helpful that they were published the same year. Crawford was anxious to address the rising tide
of unbelief in clerical garb—ministers who took their office but did not believe the supernatural truths or origin of classical Christianity. This book is comprised of eleven lectures on truths under attack and held up as irrational, superstitious or worse. That such doctrines
originated with God Himself was the fundamental denial of the revisionists.

Here are the lectures and what each seeks to address:

LECTURE 1—DOCTRINES WHICH ARE MYSTERIOUS
FROM LACK OF INTERNAL EVIDENCE

LECTURE 2—DOCTRINES WHICH ARE MYSTERIOUS
FROM THE TRANSCENDENT NATURE
OF THEIR SUBJECTS

LECTURE 3—DOCTRINES WHICH ARE MYSTERIOUS FROM THE LIMITED EXTENT OF THEIR
DISCLOSURES

LECTURE 4—DOCTRINES WHICH ARE MYSTERIOUS
FROM THEIR APPARENT INCONSISTENCY
WITH OTHER DOCTRINES

LECTURE 5—MYSTERY ARISING FROM THE INADEQUACY
OF HUMAN LANGUAGE TO EXPRESS
REVEALED TRUTH
--MYSTERY ARISING FROM THE INCAPACITY
OF FALLEN MEN TO DISCERN SPIRITUAL
THINGS

LECTURE 6—THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY

LECTURE 7--THE UNION AND DIVINE NATURE IN THE
PERSON OF CHRIST

LECTURE 8—THE DOCTRINE OF THE ATONEMENT

LECTURE 9—THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

LECTURE 10—THE PURPOSES OF GOD—THE DOCTRINE
STATED

LECTURE 11—THE PURPOSES OF GOD—THE DOCTRINE
VINDICATED

This book is a rarity—a profound book of theology working in apologetic ways. Professor Crawford was showing the biblical basis of Christianity as not something dreamed up by man but a religion of divine origin, not available to us except by divine revelation and illumination.

As Sinclair Ferguson tells us in the Introduction, this book will make us think and think hard about the supernatural nature and origin of Christianity and its teachings. As the back cover shows Deuteronomy 29:29 —“The secret things belong to God but the things
revealed belong to us and our children forever….”

Steve Martin (pastor in Atlanta for 31 years)
Dean of Students; IRBS Theological Seminary in Texas

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