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Works of William Perkins
Volume Six
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The Works of William Perkins fills a major gap in Reformed and Puritan theology. Though Perkins is best known today for his writings on predestination, he also wrote prolifically on many subjects. His works filled over two thousand large pages of small print in three folio volumes and were reprinted several times in the decades after his death. His complete works, however, have not been in print since the mid-seventeenth century. This modern typeset edition of the Works includes four volumes of Perkinsís expositions of Scripture, three volumes of his doctrinal and polemical treatises, and three volumes of his practical writings. This sixth volume begins with three important works on predestination. The first is A Golden Chain, which treats the main points of theology with an emphasis on ďthe order of the causes of salvation and damnation.Ē The second is A Christian and Plain Treatise of the Manner and Order of Predestination, which gives a strident defense of the sovereignty of God in election and reprobation. The third, A Treatise on Godís Free Grace and Manís Free Will, examines the responsibility of man and how that harmonizes with the will of God in ordaining all things. These treatises showcase Perkinsís scholarly and pastoral concerns on maters vital to the salvation of sinners. Perkinsís A Fruitful Dialogue Concerning the End of the World takes up the folly of pagan approaches to knowledge, particularly astrological predictions about the end of the world. This is followed by two treatises regarding godly ways of training oneís memory. In A Short Treatise that Fully Explains Dicksonís Wicked System of Artificial Memory, Perkins criticizes Alexander Dicksonís art of memory as spiritually dangerous. He then provides a reliable approach in A Handbook on Memory and the Most Reliable Method of Accurate Recall. These two works on memory demonstrate Perkinsís dedication to Ramistic methodology.
  • Type: Hardcover
  • Pages: 648
  • ISBN: 9781601786128
  • SKU: 9781601786128
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
  • Publication Date: Nov. 26, 2018