Life of John Murray

(1 customer review)
Look Inside Price £7.25

Weight 0.34 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 13.6 × 1.5 cm
topic

Pastoral Biography

format

Book

isbn

9780851519500

Original Pub Date

1982

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 1984

binding

Paperback

page-count

240

Book Description

Professor John Murray was recognized in his own lifetime as one of the leading Reformed theologians in the English-speaking world. Born in Scotland, he served in France during the First World War, before pursuing studies, first at the University of Glasgow, and then at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA. In 1929 he was invited to teach Systematic Theology at Princeton, and did so for one year, before joining the Faculty of the newly formed Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. There he shared with such scholars and Christian leaders as J. Gresham Machen and Cornelius Van Til in the great struggle to maintain the old Princeton tradition of theology, represented by the Hodges and B.B. Warfield.

John Murray remained at Westminster until his retirement in 1966. He returned to his native Scotland, married and enjoyed a brief period of fatherhood prior to his death in 1975.

A careful scholar, and eloquent lecturer, a moving preacher, and the author of many outstanding articles and books, Murray’s driving passions were to declare Christ’s Word, advance his cause, and bless his people.

The Life of John Murray, published originally to accompany the four volumes of his Collected Writings, is now available again separately in this popular reset edition.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  Preface vii
1 THE YOUNGEST SON OF BADBEA 1
2 PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, 1924-27 18
3 BY PATHS NOT KNOWN 39
4 ALONGSIDE GRESHAM MACHEN 58
5 THE STRUGGLES OF THE LATER THIRTIES 85
6 EVENTS IN THE WAR YEARS 103
7 THE SEMINARY PROFESSOR 119
8 GLIMPSES OF PERSONAL LIFE 140
9 THE WIDER INFLUENCE 160
10 ‘THE NEW WORK’ 181
  Illustrations: between pp 118 and 119  
  Appendix: ANSWERS TO QUERIES 209

Reviews

1 testimonial for Life of John Murray

Submit your testimonial

  1. Andrew Young

    This is a well researched and easily readable biography by Iain Murray, of one of the twentieth century’s leading reformed theologians. Iain Murray traces his namesake’s life, from his early days in the Scottish Highlands, and into service during the First World War. We then get an insight into his student days at Glasgow, then Princeton Theological Seminary, U.S.A. Ultimately Murray was invited to join the faculty of the new Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, working under the leadership of Greshem Machen, before the latter’s sudden death.

    During John Murray’s time at Westminster he, along with others sought to ‘contend earnestly for the faith that was once entrusted to the saints’ and we can see how he attempted to emphasise spirituality over academic achievement. After his retirement in 1966, he entered into married life, returned to Scotland and enjoyed a period of fatherhood, before his death in 1974.

    I found this book to be very informative. It gives the reader an insight into the Reformed faith, and also show some of the struggles within the Christian church, as it battled with liberal ideas during the twentieth century. A pity that Murray and his writings seem to have been largely ignored in recent years.

You may also like…

More items to consider: