What a great insight from Luther:
I am persuaded that without knowledge of literature pure theology cannot at all endure, just as heretofore, when letters [literature] have declined and lain prostrate, theology too, has wretchedly fallen and lain prostrate; nay, I see that there has never been a great revelation of the Word of God unless he has first prepared the way by the rise and prosperity of languages and letters, as though they were John the Baptists. . . . Certainly it is my desire that there shall be as many poets and rhetoricians as possible, because I see that by these studies, as by no other means, people are wonderfully fitted for the grasping of sacred truth and for handling it skillfully and happily.
via Between Two Worlds: Luther on the Connection between Good Literature and Good Theology.
Christian Books Australia also have a sale this week, 20% off everything to newsletter subscribers until May 7.
So get on their newsletter! These guys have heaps of hard to get old books, especially Reformation + Puritan.
Canon Press have a $1, $2, $3 sale on right now. Now you can get all your Reformed heresy in one place and at cheap prices.
Let me share what I see as particularly noteworthy, with my comments in italics:
To a Thousand Generations Positive biblical argumentation for infant baptism – some quirky features but well worth a spin.
To You and Your Children Great anthology on the lost Reformation doctrine of covenant succession
Primer on Worship and Reformation Good little Wilson manifesto on Reformation challenges to current day evangelicals.
Is Christianity Good for the World? Amusing game of cat and mouse
Heaven Misplaced A winsome primer on preterist post-millennialism. No diagrams or charts – only a Christ exalting tour through the NT.
Future Men (Damaged) One of the few Douglas Wilson marriage/parenting/family books in the sale. All of these are gold, even if the books are damaged.