Divorce by John Murray (Paperback)
About the Author
John Owen presents one of the most rigorous defenses of the Reformed doctrine of justification ever written. This reprint of The Doctrine of Justification by Faith, taken from the 19th century edition produced by the Presbyterian Board of Publications, will serve as a welcome improvement for many readers. Latin and Greek quotations have been moved to footnotes, and English translations are given for those large blocks of material that Owen left untranslated. It also contains a new introductory essay by Carl R. Trueman, which analyzes Owen’s treatment of justification in light of the highly charged debates of his day. While Owen’s work is technical and challenging, this edition is an effort to make his profound exposition more manageable.
The question of divorce and remarriage regularly comes up in pastoral counseling and local church ministry. With the growning divorce rate, the church is being forced to deal with divorce and remarriage more and more. Sound and clear Biblical thinking is required. This book by John Murray is both. This work is technical, written to deal with the original languages and does not avoid dealing with the hardest of questions concerning divorce and remarriage. It is not a quick read - it takes time and reflection - but it is worth every once of effort. As a supplement work - an more popularly written also consult Jay E. Adams' work "Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage." Murray's work covers the exegetical problems, while Adams' work is more pastoral. The two together will equip the reader with great insight and Biblical knowledge to counsel members of the congregation.
Like on many other issues, Christians are divided on the biblical understanding of divorce and remarriage. Some don't believe in divorce for any reason. Others, while they believe there are grounds for divorce, see no biblical basis for a subsequent remarriage. Others, such as Adams and Murray, hold that there are very limited and specific justifications for divorce and if and only if these are met is there any gournds for remarriage.
If you are still working through what the Bible teaches, Adams' and Murray's works will give you a good apologetic for believing there are limited and specific grounds for biblical divorce and remarriage.
If you have been taught or believe that there are no grounds for remarriage but want to know the arguements of those who do, these two books will be helpful.
You may agree or disagree with Adams or Murray, but you will find excellent development of their position in these books.
This is a very serious subject on a lot of levels. Please handle the subject carefully.