Lee Gatiss’ Cornerstones of Salvation is a model for historical theology done in service of the church. The scholarship is penetrating in its depth, yet written in an engaging manner able to speak to the general reader. Indeed, the historical questions have been aptly chosen for their clear relevance to the needs of the Reformed community today. What are the fundamentals of saving doctrine essential for contemporary audiences to hear? In the light of the New Perspective, can we still preach justification by faith? In fact, in an age of sound bites and video clips, should local congregational preaching still be the top priority? How should Christian parents present the faith to their children, assuming they are outside of the faith being beckoned in, or are they inside the faith being nurtured to grow? With contemporary culture demanding inclusion, is there room for some degree of doctrinal diversity amongst today’s adherents of the Westminster Confession? With calls for unity in the face of Christianity’s minority status in contemporary Western society, are there limits to making common cause with Protestants from other traditions?
In short, Cornerstones of Salvation shrewdly mines the Christian past for helpful insights on essential issues facing the Reformed tradition today. Readers will be well rewarded by reading it cover to cover.
Ashley Null, DFG-Cranmer-Projekt, Theologische Fakultät, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
In this super new selection, Lee Gatiss addresses themes of classical Reformed theology with characteristic clarity and verve. If the material on atonement, justification, and union with Christ is of capital importance, the account of Grindal’s approach to preaching is groundbreaking and compelling. And there is much more besides. Here is an author with that rare and marvellous ability to analyse and articulate essential contours of confessional truth, through detailed yet lively conversation with great thought-leaders of the past, in ways that are at once profound and readable, incisive, penetrating, and weighty, without ever being heavy.
Benjamin Dean, Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Dean of Postgraduate Studies, George Whitefield College, CapeTown, South Africa.
Dr Lee Gatiss is the Director of Church Society (www.churchsociety.org) and has served in several Anglican churches. He teaches church history at the Union School of Theology and in Cambridge where he lives with his wife, Kerry, and their three children. He is the author / editor of about a dozen books, including For Us and For Our Salvation, and The NIV Proclamation Bible.