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The Gospel According to John Charles Ryle

J. C. Ryle

Compiled & Edited by Dr Alan C. Clifford

40 pages pbk £3.00 (p&p extra)

ISBN 978-0-9555165-7-3

Available from 1 March 2014 from
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J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), the first Bishop of Liverpool is undoubtedly the greatest English churchman of the 19th century. Above all, he was a faithful expositor of the Protestant Evangelical Faith. Steering a Bible-based middle course between Arminianism and Owenite 'High' Calvinism, he warned against a rationalistic exegesis of Holy Scripture: "I have long come to the conclusion that men may be more systematic in their statements than the Bible, and may be led into grave error by idolatrous veneration of a system."

It is undoubtedly anomalous that a number of Anglican theologians including J. I. Packer, J. Alec Motyer and, more recently, Lee Gatiss have opted for the 'High orthodoxy' of the Puritan John Owen, especially where the extent of Christ's atonement is concerned. Judging by his Expository Thoughts, Ryle would argue that they are at odds not only with the Scriptures but also with historic Anglican orthodoxy. This publication demonstrates Ryle's biblical balance in expounding the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.