John Owen als christlicher Psychologe

Owen on the christian life verschobenCarl R. Trueman schreibt in seinem Vorwort zur einem neuen Buch über John Owen:

We live in an age when the challenges to Christianity, theological and practical (if one can separate such), are pressing in from all sides. Perhaps the most obvious challenge is the issue of homosexuality. Given the high pastoral stakes in this matter, it is important that we make the right decisions.What has this to do with the thought of a man who died nearly 350 years ago? Simply this: in our era much practical thinking is driven by emotions. Emotions are enemies of fine distinctions. And yet the ethical and practical issues facing the church today demand precisely such fine distinctions if we are to do our task as pastors and church members: comfort the brokenhearted and rebuke those at ease in their sin. And John Owen was of an era when fine distinctions were part of the very fabric of practical theology.

Like one of his great theological heroes, Augustine, Owen was an acute psychologist of the Christian life. Further, as part of the great post-Reformation elaboration and codification of Reformed orthodoxy, he was adept at careful distinctions and precise argument. Finally, as a pastor and preacher, he constantly brought these two things together in practical ways in his congregation. We might add that the pastoral problems in the seventeenth century—greed, sex, anxiety, marital strife, petty personal vendettas — have a remarkably familiar and contemporary feel.

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Owen on the Christian Life: Living for the Glory of God in Christ (Theologians on the Christian Life) von Matthew J. Barrett, Michael A. G. Haykin

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  1. Ich habe nun schon mehrere Bände dieser Reihe gelesen. Sehr empfehlenswert.

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