From an interview: Carl Trueman on the books that have influenced him most:

GD: Fair enough. Who has most influenced your theological development?

CT: Theologically, I’m deeply indebted to J I Packer. Martin Luther is a constant part of my theological diet. Other theologians I love to read are Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Owen, Blaise Pascal, B B Warfield, Cardinal Newman, and Herman Bavinck. Of more recent writers, D A Carson and C J Mahaney. CJ has had a deeper impact on my life perhaps than any other recent author — the deceptive simplicity of his practical writings is simply beautiful and, on a practical level, very convicting.

. . . what is the most helpful theological book that you have read in the last twelve months? It is a must read because?

CT: Rober Kolb and Charles P Arand, The Genius of Luther’s Theology. Just a great book on the central gospel truths as expressed by Luther. The older I get, the more I crave the simple stuff. This isn’t simple, in the sense of being lightweight, but it focuses so beautifully and pastorally on the basics.

Read the whole thing (thanks Justin Taylor).

Chris
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Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

2 thoughts on “I’ve been tagged: book challenge”

  1. Here are sentences 5 to 7 from page 123 of Traditions of International Ethics (Nardin and Mapel)

    “Thus, for example, consequentialists and adherents of common morality agree that when many in the third world face imminent starvation relatively wealthy people in richer parts of the world have a serious moral obligation to come to their aid.

    This general duty to help other is the most basic ground within common morality for interference in the internal affairs of one nation by outsiders, including other nations and international bodies. The specific implications of the general duty to provide help depend on a number of highly contigent factors, including respect for a nation’s sovereignty and awareness of the limits of outside aid.”

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