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To Know and Serve God: Biography of James I. Packer Paperback – 21 May 1998
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About the Author
Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, and Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion and, most recently, his acclaimed C. S. Lewis - A Life.
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This biography of the foremost evangelical Anglican theologian is also a history of evangelicalism in England from the 1940s to the 70s when Packer left for Canada. The writer is sympathetic to Packer and his theology. Packer represents the depths of reformed Anglicanism. The Church of England may now be wider in its evangelicalism but it is so so shallow compared with Packer.
The genius of Packer is well described as a man who can make theology heart warming as did Calvin, and convey it in a way the person in the pew can understand. Co-belligerence with Roman Catholics against liberalism is explained as being without compromise of Packer's Protestantism.
Read it and be thankful for what God has done through Packer and others in the last half century.
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In regard to point 2, I share some of the sentiments of the other reviewer, Matthew Wills. He is right when he states that McGrath 'seems to gloss over' the shift that seems to have taken place within JI Packer's theology and doctrine over many issues-most especially his signing of the ECT document. One has to wonder how JI Packer can write such classics as his introductions to Luther's, The Bondage of the Will and John Owen's, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ and then turn around and sign ECT. McGrath also likewise seems to make the mistake of thinking that what Packer stood for in the 1950's-60s is what he stands for in the late 90's-01's.
Like Packer I am also an Anglican and a Calvinist and I still find his writings very useful. So beside the criticisms I do reccomend this book for all Packer fans.