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Anglicanism, according to J.?I. Packer, possesses "the truest, wisest and potentially richest heritage in all Christendom" with the Thirty-nine Articles at its heart. They catch the substance and spirit of biblical Christianity superbly well, and also provide an excellent model of how to confess the faith in a divided Christendom. In this concise study, Packer aims to show ...more
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Published July 21st 2007 by Regent College Publishing (first published September 2006)
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Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dr. Packer is right to insist on a return to thorough reflection on the Articles and their relevance and authority to today's clergy and laity. He is right to point out the goodness of the Articles and the goodness to be found in wrestling with them and submitting to their authority as formularies of the Anglican Communion, and I would add, as authoritative under the primacy first of Scripture and then secondly under the Tradition of the undivided Catholic Church. In the last statement I betray ...more
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was an excellent little book, and is something of a call to action for evangelical Anglicans to take seriously, value and make use of our own confessional document, the 39 Articles. Packer captures beautifully the value he places on the Articles when talking about the fact that he is still an Anglican: "One factor that holds me steady at this point is my veneration (the word is not too strong) for the Thirty-nine Articles, which seem to me not only catch the substance and spirit of biblical ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An evangelical & Reformed take on the history and use of the Anglican 39 Articles. Packer is, as usual, compelling, thorough, and clear. I don't think you have to buy everything he is selling to realize that his primary contention - that the disregard of the Articles in global Anglicanism has surely contributed to its current state of difficulty. A quick and thoughtful read for anyone interested in the subject. ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
An insightful examination of the 39 Articles and their importance. As a voice for evangelical Anglicanism, Packer is truly a φονὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἑρήῳ; but what an excellent voice indeed.
Alexander Proudfoot
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Look at Packer renewing the old style of tract writing, good man.

Short, simple, and good. He done did good with a good idea.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was certainly not bad, but it did have some shortcomings, especially in its treatment of Anglican history. Thus, I would recommend Oliver O'Donovan's treatment, "On The Thirty-Nine Articles" instead.
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Recommends it for: Any Anglican
Recommended to Shannon by: Jim MacDougal
This is a great book, and needs to be read by all Anglicans, especially whenever they are tempted to ignor, dirregard or dismiss the 39 atticles as not being relevant to their faith today.
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