Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.


Started the week at the John Owen Centre for the reading group. Under our new chairman, Spencer Cunnah, there were six of us regulars plus three students, currently on placement. We were looking at John Owen's superlative Christologia which I had dipped into previously but never read through. As ever, I left my reading a bit late so was rushing through it at the end, not the best way to read Owen. Someone made the point that you need to read for a while and once you're in the groove it gets easier, which is probably right.
It is one of his later works and so he often vaguely refers you to previous writings. He covers the basic doctrines of Christ's person and his intercessory work with warmth and precision. We were all amazed at the depth of theology on offer here, even if we all found it a little difficult to get at because of the style. It is in Volume 1 of his works (see above). There are plenty of copies online and you can get a kindle edition at  a small price. It really could do with being simplified and presented in a modern annotated and indexed form. Anyone interested?

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