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Knots Untied: Being Plain Statements on Disputed Points in Religion from the Standpoint of an Evangelical Churchman

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Raised in a nominal Christian home, John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) was of the distinct opinion that Christianity must be one of the most disagreeable occupations on earth -- or in heaven. One day in 1837 he happed into a church where, hearing Scripture read out loud, he was transformed. One verse, and the emphasis made in between each clause, gripped him. "By grace are ye ...more
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Charles Nolan Publishing (first published January 1st 1959)
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Matt Lee
Oct 10, 2016 Matt Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, apologetics
Bishop Ryle shows, within the first few chapters of this short book alone, that he had more testicular fortitude in his little finger than most of the clergy in Church of England today possess collectively. Bishop Ryle writes plainly and directly, leaving no room for slackers in Biblical doctrine and its application unto the church.

Although specifically Anglican in his discussion of bishops, the XXXIX Articles, and the Book of Common Prayer, the vast majority of this work explaining and clarifyi
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Bob Ladwig
Feb 02, 2012 Bob Ladwig rated it really liked it
Superb work, unfortunately largely forgotten. Ryle in this book addresses many of the problems facing the church in his day, which of course remain immensely relevant to our own day. Polemical, yet pastoral and devotional, definitely my cup of tea.
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Jun 29, 2016 Zach McDonald rated it really liked it
Read this book over a year ago and skimmed through it again this week. Ryle is always a pleasure to read and writes with amazing clarity and conviction.
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Feb 17, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone intersted is sound doctrine.
JC Ryle (the Evangelical Bishop) writes against the catholic trend within the Church of England and explains the proper place of The Prayer book, the faith and worship. A good read.
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J. C. Ryle was a prominent writer, preacher, and Anglican clergyman in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of the classic Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and retired as the bishop of Liverpool.
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“there is one subject which we never hear too much of: we can never hear too much of Christ. When ministers are wearied of preaching Him, they are false ministers: when people are wearied of hearing of Him, their souls are in an unhealthy state. When ministers have preached Him all their lives, the half of His excellence will remain untold. When hearers see Him face to face in the day of His appearing, they will find there was more in Him than their hearts ever conceived.” 1 likes
“Now, if children were considered to be capable of admission into the Church by an ordinance in the Old Testament, it is difficult to see why they cannot be admitted in the New. The general tendency of the Gospel is to increase men’s spiritual privileges and not to diminish them. Nothing, I believe, would astonish a Jewish convert so much as to tell him his children could not be baptized! “If they are fit to receive circumcision,” he would reply, “why are they not fit to receive baptism?” And my own firm conviction has long been that no Baptist could give him an answer. In fact I never heard of a converted Jew becoming a Baptist, and I never saw an argument against infant baptism that might not have been equally directed against infant circumcision. No man, I suppose, in his sober senses, would presume to say that infant circumcision was wrong.” 0 likes
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