William Perkins (1558–1602) is among one of the most important English Reformed theologians. Arguably, he and John Owen (1616–1683) are the two most important English Reformed theologians. Remarkably, his works have been out of print and largely inaccessible for the centuries. Now, however, thanks to the good work by Reformation Heritage Books, his works are being brought back into print, not in facsimile editions or reprints but in an entirely new edition. The first volume of the series is scheduled to be released later this month (December, 2014). Bob Godfrey says, “William Perkins was a most remarkable Christian. In his relatively short life he was a great preacher, pastor, and theologian. His prolific writings were foundational to the whole English Puritan enterprise and a profound influence beyond his own time and borders. His works have become rare, and their republication must be a source of real joy and blessing to all serious Christians. . . .” Because of the ambiguity inherent in the adjective “puritan” it may be more helpful for us simply to think of him as an English Reformed theologian. His theology and piety were foundational to English Reformed Christianity and more than that, his influence reverberated throughout Europe. Without him, there is no William Ames and without Ames much of what we know of Dutch Reformed theology and piety (Voetius et al) is inexplicable.
This is a very exciting development. I’ve ordered my copy. You can order yours here.
There are very few things that make me wish I were twenty years younger. This project is one of them. (I know, we’re Reformed, and where I am right now is exactly in God’s providence where I’m supposed to be. Y’all know what I mean!)