Sunday, 12 August 2012
Engaging with Lloyd-Jones reviews
Iain Murray published a predictably crticial review in the June 2012 edition of the Banner of Truth magazine. Murray unfortunately feels unable to recommend the book to Banner readers; his criticisms consist of his customary scepticism of the orthodoxy of those evangelicals who write history from an academic standpoint, and his sense that none of us can possible understand Lloyd-Jones anyway because he was so far ahead of us mere mortals in terms of spiritual maturity. Apparently we have to wait for a religious revival in order to adequate appreciate him!
Then in inordinate detail Graham Harrison has published a two part review that seems to have begun life as a paper to the Westminster Fellowship. Its available here: part 1 and part 2. With his usual pugnaciousness, Harrison offers his fairly predictable criticisms on a chapter by chapter basis. I found his personal references to my background and current ecclesiastical position entirely unnecessary (and also factually incorrect)! But here, as with Murray's review, there was the usual beatification of Lloyd-Jones!
With rapier like accuracy Carl Trueman has offered a review of Murray's review (many of his comments can be equally applied to the Harrison pieces as well), under the brilliant title: The sin of Uzzah. On one level its an outstanding explanation and justification of how evangelicals can and should write history. But it also hits the nail squarely on the head in terms of the tendency of some towards an unhealthy obsession with defending all, or nearly all, of Lloyd-Jones' views and actions.
A couple of more balanced reviews have appeared by:
and Peter Webster.
I'll add more links as and when futher reviews appear.