The Fatherhood of God - Robert Candlish

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Post by mightyfelix » July 19th, 2020, 8:52 am

I came across a mention of this book in a blog discussing the theology of George MacDonald. His theology was contrasted with that of Candlish in the following words:
For much better instruction on the doctrine of adoption, it’s best to turn to Robert S. Candlish, a wonderful preacher who was a contemporary of F.D. Maurice and who recognized in Maurice’s teaching about God’s universal fatherhood the major spiritual danger of the age. Candlish’s book The Fatherhood of God is a treasure on this subject, filled with surprising light on biblical teaching, deeply informed by traditional Christian theology, and pastorally sensitive even when drawing sharp doctrinal lines. Candlish also has a poetic sensibility and an ability to turn good sentences. He’s no George MacDonald or anything, but who is? And it’s helpful that the most able opponent of the liberal doctrine of God’s universal fatherhood was not prosaic or dry, but wrote a book of beauty and power that just waits to be rediscovered by our own age.
So, as much as it pains me to hear MacDonald being badmouthed, this book still sounds good, and this would be a new author for us.

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