J.I. Packer Stats
· Born:
July 22, 1926
· Church
Has authored numerous books and has probably written more endorsements for other people's books than any man that has ever lived :)

· Denomination:
(Reformed) Anglican
· Theology:
5-point Calvinist, Paedobaptist, Covenant















Biographical Sketch




James Innell Packer (born in Gloucester, England) is a British-born Canadian Christian theologian in the Calvinistic Anglican tradition. He currently serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is considered to be one of the most important evangelical theologians of the late 20th century.

The son of a clerk for the Great Western Railway, Packer won a scholarship to Oxford University. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, obtaining the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (1948), Master of Arts (1952), and Doctor of Philosophy (1955).

It was as a student at Oxford where he first met C.S. Lewis whose teachings would become a major influence in his life. In a meeting of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, Packer committed his life to Christian service.

He spent a brief time teaching Greek at Oak Hill Theological College in London, and in 1949 entered Wycliffe Hall, Oxford to study theology. He was ordained a deacon (1952) and priest (1953) in the Church of England, within which he became recognized as a leader in the Evangelical movement. He was Assistant Curate of Harborne Heath in Birmingham 1952-54 and Lecturer at Tyndale Hall, Bristol 1955-61. He was Librarian of Latimer House, Oxford 1961-62 and Principal 1962-69. In 1970 he became Principal of Tyndale Hall, Bristol, and from 1971 until 1979 he was Associate Prinicipal of Trinity College, Bristol, which had been formed from the amalgamation of Tyndale Hall with Clifton College and Dalton House-St Michael's.

In 1978, he signed the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which affirmed a conservative position on Biblical inerrancy.

In 1979, Packer moved to Vancouver to take up a position at Regent College, eventually being named the first Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology, a title he held until his retirement. A prolific writer and frequent lecturer, although best known for a single book, "Knowing God," Packer is widely regarded in conservative Protestant circles as one of the most important theologians of the modern era. He is a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today. In recent years, he has become an outspoken proponent of the ecumenical movement but believes that unity should not come at the expense of abandoning orthodox Protestant doctrine. Nonetheless, his advocacy of ecumenicism has brought sharp criticism from some conservatives, particularly after the publication of the book Evangelicals and Catholics Together : Toward a Common Mission (ed. Charles Colson, Richard J. Neuhaus) in which Packer was one of the contributors.

Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version, an Evangelical revision of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. He is now at work on his magnum opus, a systematic theology. (Source: WIKIPEDIA)

Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version of the Bible (2001), an Evangelical revision of the Revised Standard Version of 1971.

Some of his Literary/Theological Contributions:

18 Words: The Most Important Words You Will Ever Know

Affirming the Apostles' Creed

Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs

Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God

"Fundamentalism" and the Word of God

God's Will: Finding Guidance for Everyday Decisions

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way

Guard Us, Guide Us: Divine Leading in Life's Decisions

In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement

Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God

Knowing God (Hardcover)

Knowing God (Paperback)

Knowing God Devotional Journal: A One-Year Guide

Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight

Puritan Papers (5 Volume Set)

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life

Taking God Seriously: Vital Things We Need to Know

Weakness Is the Way: Life with Christ Our Strength

Online Articles


J.I. Packer Lectures on the Perfections of God (19-Part MP3 Lecture Series)

History and Theology of the Puritans (MP3s on iTunes)

English Puritan Theology (8-Part MP3 Series)

The Elizabethan Puritans (MP3)

Puritanism Under the Stuarts (MP3)

Learner's Exchange at St. Johns's Shaughnessy

The Glory of God and the Reviving of Religion (MP3)



J. I. Packer’s Rare Puritan Library Online