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Practical Religion

Practical Religion [Kindle Edition]

J.C. Ryle
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John Charles Ryle (10 May 1816 - 10 June 1900) was the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool.


Practical Religion deals with ''the daily dut ies, dangers, experience and privileges of all who profess a nd call themselves true Christians''. It will throw light on what every believer ought to be, to do and to expect. '

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Religion 15 Mar 2008
This is a re-print of a classic collection of writings by J.C. Ryle. It was first published in 1878, but the pithy, challenging and practical style make it just as relevant for Christians today. The language is perhaps a little antiquated for modern readers, but if you can get past that, the messages are clear and down-to-earth. This anthology of essays and sermons is a one of a trilogy which are also available from Banner of Truth. The other 2 are "Knots Untied" and "Old Paths". I have found JC Ryle's daily readings from the gospels very helpful in the past, and he has a strong reputation among reformed evangelicals as a sound and godly man.
I think the folowing extract from the preface will give you a feeling for his stance and his style during his time as Anglican Archbishop of Liverpool:

"I am fully aware that evangelical churchmanship is not popular and acceptable in this day. It is despised by many, and has no form or comeliness in their eyes. To avow attachment to evangelical views, in some quarters, is to provoke a sneer and to bring on yourself the reproach of being an unlearned and ignorant man. But none of these things move me. I am not ashamed of my opinions. After 40 years of bible reading and praying, meditation and theological study, I find myself clinging more tightly than ever to evangelical religion, and more than ever satisfied with it. It wears well, it stands the fire. I know no system of religion which is better. In the faith of it I have lived for the third of a century, and in the faith of it I hope to die. The plain truth is that I see no other ground to occupy, and find no other rest for the sole of my foot. I lay no claim to infallibility, and desire to be no man's judge. But the longer I live and read, the more I am convinced that evangelical principles are the principles of the Bible."

As I read recently from one posting on a US Christian web site "J.C. Ryle rocks!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned maybe but hard to beat 23 April 2012
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Challenges the superficial nature of our modern, all too busy way of living.
A humbling book to read, because it shines it's light into your life.
But... Having made you look inward, it makes you look outward too others too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practicle religion 20 Sep 2012
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An excellent book, Ryle's style is easy read and straight to the point. This book is a must read for modern Christians, its a weapon to fight against the enemy that is formalism!! Dealing with self examination Ryle sets out the true faith. True faith is heart faith, anything else is mere hypocrisy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Theology = Proper Living 3 Feb 2000
By Brent Thomas - Published on
There is quite the movement in today's evangelical circles to the idea of "practical theology." Living what you believe, or 'walking the walk, if you will. What this movement sorely misses however is that to "live what you believe," you must KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE! Ryle deftly walks the line between Systematic and Practical theologies, constantly forcing the reader to stop and examine his/her own life. What is the point of theology if it doesn't impact your walk? Ryle challenges the "talk" and the "walk" at the same time. Not recommended for those who do not wish to engage in "Self-Examination," but highly recommended for those who truly wish to make Truth the reflection in the mirror of their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piercing to the Division of Soul and Spirit, Joints and Marrow 10 Sep 2005
By Jonathan A Blevins - Published on
What does a Christian do? What are the duties of the Christian life? What are the privileges of the Christian person? How does my faith in Christ affect my day-to-day living? My outlook on life and the world around me? J. C. Ryle answers these questions with his characteristic (but uncommon) wisdom, certainty and plainness. It is no mistake that this volume of his practical divinity (the others being `Holiness,' `Knots Untied' and `Old Paths') carries a subtitle that begins `Being Plain.' If Ryle is anything, he is plain. He is straight-forward, sincere, honest and eminently practical. Ryle just plain makes sense. His interpretation and application of the texts are impeccable. He makes Christian theology and the practice of heart-religion seem so simple and obvious and beautiful that I sometimes wonder what Bible I've been reading all these years to have missed so many beautiful truths!

Ryle speaks to both common and uncommon subjects in this volume. Prayer, Bible-reading, and attendance at the Lord's Table are duties which are well-known to every professing believer. His treatment of `Zeal,' `Formality' and `Sickness,' however, are bound to make the nominal Christian more than a little uncomfortable. Ryle speaks to the heart and soul of every man. He wields the sword of the Spirit like a skilful surgeon, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow. His sword strikes true and cuts deep-especially to those whose religion is a matter of practice and not a matter of the heart. It is clear that the title `Practical Religion' does not speak of a formula for mere religious action (nothing was more abhorrent to Ryle than heartless religion), but of those acts which are done by those whose faith is a way of life.

Christian, read J. C. Ryle. You will not regret it. He is a man who first and foremost loves the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the vital center of all his teaching and writing and the sole reason for his great power in ministry. Whether you are an erudite scholar or a hard-laboring farmer, a pastor or a layman, a spiritual elder or a babe in Christ--no matter where you are--Ryle's writings are for you. The love of Christ and the faith of this great 18th century saint cling to every page like an aromatic perfume. He is quickly becoming one of my very favorite writers. I have no doubt he will win a place in your heart (and your bookshelf) as well.

Here is a brief quote from one of my favorite chapters to whet your appetite: `Perhaps you have thought that if a man's religion is correct outwardly, he must be one with whom God is well pleased. You are completely mistaken. You are rejecting the whole tenor of Bible teaching. Outward correctness without a right heart is neither more nor less than Pharisaism. The outward things of Christianity,--baptism, the Lord's Supper, Church-membership, almsgiving, and the like,--will never take any man's soul to heaven, unless his heart is right. There must be inward things as well as outward,--and it is on the inward things that God's eyes are chiefly fixed' (p. 269).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Christian writers of the 20th century 18 Jun 1999
By Tony Reinke - Published on
Of all the books I have read in the past few years, no one has influenced my life as Bishop J.C. Ryle has. His writtings give the perfect balance of Law and grace and will help you to better understand the Christian life to a deeper and richer level. I am very thankful for the writings of this man. I would recommend his other works including "Old Paths." His expository commentaries on the Gospels are wonderful, too. Find out why J.C. Ryle has impacted Christians for over 100 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommon Wisdom 3 April 2008
By A. Sutono, a.k.a., Birdey The Observer - Published on
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The problem with Christians and their ministers, that I am liable to as well and that Bishop Ryle addresses in this text is summed up in the following statements:

"... we live in a day of weak and feeble statements. The danger of the state of nature is feebly exposed. The privileges of the state of grace are feebly set forth. Hesitating souls are not encouraged. Disciples are not established and confirmed. The man out of Christ is not rightly alarmed. The man in Christ is not rightly built up. The one sleeps on, and seldom has his conscience pricked. The other creeps and crawls all his days and never thoroughly understands the riches of his inheritance." (p. 454)

"But to have religion enough to be saved, and yet not go into extremes, -- to be sufficiently good, and yet not be peculiar, -- to have a quiet, easy-going, moderate kind of Christianity, and go comfortably to heaven after all, -- this is the world's favorite idea. There is a third class, a safe middle class, the world fancies, and in this middle class the majority of men persuade themselves they will be found." (p. 446)

He answers the challenges of the above statements through systematic forceful compassionate stinging offending bold unashamed essays on what the Scriptures say about what Christianity is, and what true Christians are like. The readers will not only find systematic treatments on what the Bible teaches about Jesus Christ, the gospel, zeal, happiness, heaven (under the heading "Our Home") and hell, the church, holiness, charity, formalism, the absolute necessity of spiritual disciplines of prayers, Bible reading and ordinances, the end times (the great gathering and the great separation), but also piercing questions to the point that I feel as if he were forcing you to deal with the questions at hand in often an obnoxious manner which I think is very good, appropriate, and necessary. The readers will find heart-searching, self-examining questions as:

"Is your religion a matter of form, not of heart? Answer this question honestly, and as in the sight of God. And if it is, consider solemnly the immense danger in which you stand.... I earnestly beseech you this day to know your danger, to open your eyes and repent...if you only have a name to live, and a form of godliness without power, awake and repent. Awake, above all, if you are an evangelical formalist... There is no formalism so dangerous as evangelism formalism.... Whatever religion you have, never be content with wearing a cloak." (p.281-282)

There are few indeed, ministers with uncommon wisdom and vision of the signs of the times, the dangerous ones particularly; of whom Ryle is one of them, not only in the 1800's but O how much still and even more applicable today, the sober warnings from the Scriptures of the necessity of earnestness, serious, fight of faith to enter the strait gate and narrow way. "Practical Religion" is a Christian jewel that needs to be in every Christian family's library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE BLESSING FOR EVERY GENERATION !!! 21 Oct 2012
By Helen G. Bales - Published on
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I have read several of J.C. Ryle's books and each one of them is as remarkable as the one before. This author is easy to read and the subjects of his writings are current and applicable to the 21st Century. He was,however, writing in the 19th Century ! What would he think of us now?
PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY is a compilation of a number of 'papers', each independent in and of itself. It includes 'papers' on PRAYER, LOVE, BIBLE READING, SICKNESS, THE LORD'S SUPPER, and numerous other topics. Do you know all you need to know about the LORD'S SUPPER? He causes you to look deep into your heart and spirit and examine yourself and then gives 'hints' as to how to improve your Christian walk.
Every Christian should have this book, read it, underline it and refer to it frequently. A TRUE BLESSING FOR EVERY GENERATION !!!
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