What if I told you that there is an entire library of orthodox, careful, influential, important, Reformed books, that formed and shaped our entire history—books on Reformed theology, piety, and practice, biblical interpretation, biblical theology, covenant theology, commentaries on Scripture, the Christian life, sanctification, worship, and the sacraments? What if I told you that this great library exists but is hidden from most of readers because it has not yet been translated into English? Well, that is all true. There is such a library. I call it Classic Reformed Theology. Casey Carmichael, and I are editing a series of translations of these sorts of volumes in the Classic Reformed Theology series for Reformation Heritage Books. In September we hope to see volume 4 appear. So far we’ve published:
- William Ames, A Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism
- Caspar Olevianus, Exposition of the Apostles’ Creed
- Johannes Cocceius, The Doctrine of the Covenant and Testament of God
Our latest volume is J. H. Heidegger, The Concise Marrow of Christian Theology from 1697. As in the case of Cocceius, this is the first-ever English translation of Heidegger to appear.
If you unfamiliar with Johann Heinrich Heidegger (1633–98) you are not alone. My colleague and friend, Dr Ryan Glomsrud has written the introduction to the volume and he joins us for this two-part episode to talk about Heidegger and why he matters. Ryan is Associate Professor of Historical Theology and interim Academic Dean at Westminster Seminary California. He earned his DPhil in Oxford University. He is a scholar of another famous Swiss theologian Karl Barth. He’s done post-doctoral research at Harvard University and has written a number of journal articles and chapters on Barth and related figures. He is a ruling elder in Christ Reformed Church in Santee, CA.
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Ignorant me. I confused J.H. with Martin Heidegger. (Another author I thought I understood because of what I heard on tapes made by a man who hadn’t actually read the cited authors himself….. You fellow children of the 70’s will understand.)
I assume that the writings mentioned here (J.H.) are translated from Latin to English. Am I correct.?
Yes, Heidegger wrote and taught in Latin. It’s unfortunate that you’re not alone. I’m sure lots of people think of Martin Heidegger.