Mark Dever does a scintillating and penetrating study of the life of Sibbes. His sensitive and surefooted expostion of Sibbes's theological postion is fresh and he portrays Sibbes as "one of the last great Reformed preachers of England to believe in theory and know in practice an officially undivided covenant community." He brings to his expostion of Sibbes's subtle and highly personal practical divinity a wide and deep acquaintance with sixteenth and seventeenth-century Reformed theology, but also a sensibility which is warmly sympathetic to the nuances of Sibbes's writing while remaining sharply and critically alert. The result is a marvelously lucid and persuasive account of a key moment in the evolution of early modern protestant thought, in a period which Sibbes himself described as "the best tymes of the gospel." 269 pages, softcover from Mercer University Press.
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