Christian Doctrine of God by James S. Candlish

James Smith Candlish was Professor of Systematic Theology in the Free Church College, Glasgow. My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain title available for digitisation.

James Smith Candlish [1835–1892], The Christian Doctrine of God. Handbooks for Bible Classes and Private Students. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, [1888]. Hbk. pp.142. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction

Presupposition of the Kingdom of God: God is the Infinite Spirit

  1. The Personal Author and Governor of Nature
  2. The Doctrine of Creation
  3. The Doctrine of Providence
  4. The Attributes of God Manifested in Creation and Providence

Main Revelation of the Kingdom of God: God is Holy Love

  1. The Kingdom of God Reveals Him as Holy Love
  2. Comparison of Other Conceptions
  3. Evidence of the the Truth of the Christian Conception
  4. The Moral Attributes of God
  5. God’s Plan of the Universe

Presupposition of the Kingdom of God: God is Three in One

  1. The Christian Kingdom f God Implies a Trinity
  2. The Son of God
  3. The Spirit of God
  4. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  5. Relation of the Christian Doctrine to Those of Other Systems
  6. The Trinity in Relation to God as Spirit and as Holy Love
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Concerning the Beliefs of Baptists – John Ryland

John Ryland [1753–1825]
John Ryland [1753–1825].
Source: Wikipedia

John Ryland [1753–1825] was a Baptist minister in Bristol and the founder of the Baptist Missionary Society, of which he served as secretary between 1815 until his death. In this pamphlet he outlines the distinctive beliefs of Baptists. This historic document is held in the library of Spurgeon’s College in London and is in the public domain.

John Ryland [1753-1825], A Candid Statement of the Reasons Which Induce the Baptists to Differ in Opinion and Practice from so Many of Their Christian Brethren. London: W. Sutton, 1814. Pbk. pp.104. [Click here to visit the download page for this pamphlet]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Candid Statement
  • Notes

Six Rare F.F. Bruce articles Found

Someone very kindly donated a complete set of the 1947 issues of The Sunday School Magazine to Book Aid recently. Published by what today is Scripture Union, the first six each contain an early articles by F.F. Bruce, then still a Master of Arts, and lecturing at Leeds University.

My thanks to Dr Larry Stone of F.F. Bruce Copyright International, Inc., Bath, England, and Nashville, Tennessee, for his kind permission to place them on-line.

Two Hard-to-Find New Testament Articles by Professor F.F. Bruce

Professor F.F. Bruce
Professor F.F. Bruce (1910-1990). Source: Wikipedia

It has been some years since I put together collection of around 500 of Professor F.F Bruce’s articles. I will be revisiting this project this year in an attempt to locate and upload some more of the missing material. These two articles are the firstfruits of this renewed effort. Thanks to F.F. Bruce Copyright International for their kind permission to place them on-line.

F.F. Bruce, “Scripture and Tradition in the New Testament,” F.F. Bruce & E. Gordon Rupp, eds., Holy Book and Holy Tradition. International Colluqium held in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Manchester, 1966. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1968. Hbk ISBN: 0719003032. pp. 68-93.

F.F. Bruce, “Salvation History in the New Testament,” E.J. Sharpe & J.R. Hinnells, eds., Man and His Salvation: Essays in Memory of S.G.F. Brandon. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1973. pp.75-90.

Open Theology Journal

Open Theology JournalOpen Theology journal invites groups of researchers, conference organizers etc. to submit their proposals of edited volumes to be considered as topical issues.
Open Theology is an international Open Access, peer-reviewed academic journal that welcomes contributions addressing religion in its various forms and aspects: historical, theological, sociological, psychological, and other. The journal encompasses all major disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies, presenting doctrine, history, organization and everyday life of various types of religious groups and the relations between them. We publish articles from the field of Theology as well as Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of Religion, and also dialogue between Religion and Science.
Proposals may be submitted by completing the Topical Issue Proposal Form available at and forwarding them to Managing Editor Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at [email protected]
For futher details, please contact Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at [email protected].

Our previous topical issues included:


  •  Violence of Non-Violence (ed. Michael Jerryson and Margo Kitts)
  •  Manichaeism – New Historical and Philological Studies (ed. John C. Reeves)
  • In Search of a Contemporary World View: Contrasting Thomistic and Whiteheadian Approaches (ed. Joseph Bracken)
  • Science and/or Religion: a 21st Century Debate (ed. Shiva Khalili and Fraser Watts)


  • Cognitive Science of Religion (ed. Jason Marsh)
  • Is Transreligious Theology Possible? (ed. Jerry L. Martin)
  • Psychotherapy and Religious Values (ed. P. Scott Richards)
  • Bible Translation (ed. Mark L. Strauss)
  • Religious Recognition (ed. Heikki Koskinen, Ritva Palmen and Risto Saarinen)
  • Religion and Race (ed. Daniel White Hodge)


  • Multiple Religious Belonging (ed. Manuela Kalsky and Andre van der Braak)
  • Phenomenology of Religious Experience (ed. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz and Courtenay Crouch)
  • Analytic Perspectives on Method and Authority in Theology (ed. Joshua Farris and James Arcadi)
  • Alternative Religiosities in Soviet Union and Communist East-Central Europe (ed. Rasa Pranskeviciute and Eagle Aleknaite)

2018 (in progress):

All are available, free access, at:  

Theology of P.T. Forsyth – John H. Rodgers

John H. Rodgers, The Theology of P.T. Forsyth. The Cross of Christ and the Revelation of God

Emil Brunner and J.K. Mozley have affirmed  that P.T. Forsyth is the greatest dogmatic theologian Great Britain has given to the Church in modern times. What is it that lifts Forsyth into that select company of theologians who remain contemporay despite the passing of the years? Why does Forsyth continue to speak in a fresh stirring manner?

These questions are asked and answered by Professor John H. Rodgers in this brilliant and very readable work which is likely to become the standard and definitive exposition of Forsyth’s theology. Hitehrtoo Forysth has lacked a sympathetic expositot to do for him what for all his brilliance and peiecing insight he could not do for himself: present his theology as a systematic whole. Now, in Professor John Rodgers, a young American tehologian who studied under Karl barth at Basle, we have such an expositor. His work, in which the major themes of P.T. Forsyth are expounded and related to one another, will serve as an introduction to Forsyth’s theology as a whole.

From the dustjacket

This title is in copyright and is reproduced here by kind permission of the United Reformed Church. Itr can be freely downloaded and copied for free educational purposes. It may not be sold for profit without the written permission of the copyright holder.

John H. Rodgers, The Theology of P.T. Forsyth. The Cross of Christ and the Revelation of God. London: Independent Press, 1965. Hbk. pp.324. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. The Cross as the Fulfillment of God’s Redemptive-Revealing Action in History
  2. The Cross as the Word of Revelation
  3. Personal Participation in the Fact of the Cross
  4. A Critical Appreciation
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • The Author
  • Index

Doctrines of the Christian Faith by Sydney Cave

Sydney Cave, The Doctrines of the Christian FaithThis book had its origin in lectures given by Sydney Cave at Cheshunt College, Cambridge. In its present form it is intended as a comprehensive statement of the Christian message aimed at teachers and preachers. This book is still in copyright. Permission to reproduce it on-line has been granted by the United Reformed Church. It can be used for educational purposes, but not sold for profit without permission from the copyright holder.

Sydney Cave, The Doctrines of the Christian Faith. London: Independent Press Ltd., 1951. Hbk. pp.307. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Introduction
  2. The Christian Conception of God
  3. Salvation Through Christ
  4. Life in the Spirit
  5. Faith, Son and Spirit
  6. The Christian Hope
  • Index


It is not easy in these days to write on the Doctrines of the Christian Faith. The old infallibilities are gone, and Biblical Scholarship seems to many to have made insecure the foundations on which in the past theology has been built. Yet so long as there is Christian preaching there must be Christian theology, for theology has for its task the exploration of that message which it is the preacher’s privilege to proclaim.

The Christian message precepts many problems. Yet it is not primarily an addition to our problems. It is Good News of God, a revelation of the character of God-in which is to be found the answer to those questions which are every man’s concern. It is this· conviction which has led to the writing of this book. It has been written in the hope that it may help some to a conception of Christianity less vulnerable than many of its older presentations, and yet as truly a gospel to be preached….

E.C. Blackman’s The Faith We Preach

Edwin Cyril Blackman, The Faith We PreachThis brief outline of the Christianity was Intended to aid lay preachers in conveying the wholeness of the Christian faith and thought.

This book is still in copyright. Permission to reproduce it on-line has been granted by E.C. Blackman’s family and the United Reformed Church. It can be used for educational purposes, but not sold for profit without permission from the copyright holders.

Edwin Cyril Blackman, The Faith We Preach. London: Independent Press Ltd., 1952. Hbk. pp.159. [Click to visit the download page for this book]

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  1. God and His Sovereignty
  2. Man and His Need
  3. Christ and His Succour
  4. Christ and His Society
  5. Christ and His Book


This little book is an attempt to set forth a rough outline of the Christian faith. It has in view the needs of Lay Preachers, and therefore does not presume that its readers will be trained in theology. It does, however, invite serious thought, and does not suggest that all is simple and capable of popular exposition. In spite of many omissions it is hoped that some idea is conveyed of the wholeness of Christian faith and thought; of Christianity, that is, not as a series of beliefs about this or that, plus a mainly negative ethic, but as an articulated system of belief, which contains within itself the motives of moral endeavour. We are here concerned with what Professor Farmer, in his book God and Men, calls “the unity and consistency” of the Christian view of life….

Introduction to Historical Theology by John Stoughton

John Stoughton [1807-1897], An Introduction to Historical Theology Being a Sketch of Doctrinal Progress From the Apostolic Era to the Reformation.John Stoughton’s Historical Theology covers the development of Christian doctrine from the early church to 1560. This title is in the public domain.

John Stoughton [1807-1897], An Introduction to Historical Theology Being a Sketch of Doctrinal Progress From the Apostolic Era to the Reformation. London: The Religious Tract Society, n.d. Hbk. pp.464. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Introduction
  • Part I. From the Apostolic to the Nicene Period. A.D. 100-325.
    1. Distinguished Church Teachers
    2. Heretical Dogmas
    3. Lines of Generally Acknowledged Christian Doctrine
  • Part II. From the Council of Nicaea to the Development of Systematoic Theology. A.D. 325-730.
    1. Formative Influences
    2. Theological Results
    3. Theological Results (continued)
  • Part III. From the Development of Systematic Theology to the Full Development of Scholasticism. A.D. 730-1600.
    1. Eastern Divines
    2. Western Divines
  • Part IV. From the Full Development of Scholasticism to the Reformation. A.D. 1060-1518.
    1. Scholastic Divinity. 1060-1224.
    2. Scholastic Divinity (continued). 1060-1224.
    3. Scholastic Divinity (continued). 1060-1224.
    4. Scholastic Divinity (continued). 1224-1436.
    5. Popular Theology. 600-1500.
    6. Mysticism. 1097-1500.
    7. Preparation for Reform. 1350-1500.
    8. General Review. 200-1500.
  • Part V. From the Commencement of the Reformation in Germany under Luther to the Conclusion of it imn England under the Reign of Elizabeth. A.D. 1518-1560.
    1. Reformed Theology in Germany
    2. Reformed Theology in Switzerland
    3. Reformed Theology in France and Scotland
    4. Reformed Theology in Italy
    5. Reformed Theology in England
  • Conclusion


In the present volume an attempt is made to trace the development of Dogmatic Theology.

Let me state what is meant by Dogmatic Theology. I distinguish it from Revelation on the one hand, and from Religion on the other. This distinction is of prime importance.

Theology is drawn from Revelation, and the human mind is a factor in the process. That from which a science is derived cannot be identical with the science itself; and, as it will appear that the process of forming theological conclusions is complicated, we shall find that the possibilities and probabilities of mistake are numerous. Even were the logical manipulation faultless, a distinction ought to be recognized between the Divine material and the result of its human handling; but the logical manipulation never has been faultless, and never will be. [Continue reading]

Girdlestone’s Old Testament Theology

Robert Baker Girdlestone [1836-1923], Old Testament Theology and Modern IdeasRobert Baker Girdlestone [1836-1923] sets out in this volume to provide a brief survey of Old Testament Theology and apply this to questions of his day. This title is in the public domain.

Robert Baker Girdlestone [1836-1923], Old Testament Theology and Modern Ideas. London: Longman, Green & Co., 1909. Hbk. pp.129. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Method of Treatment
  2. Revelation and Inspiration
  3. Theology in the Prophetic Writings
  4. Theology in the Psalms
  5. Theology in the Historical Books
  6. Theology in the Mosaic Books (Exodus to Deuteronomy)
  7. Theology in Genesis
  8. Names and Titles of God in the Old Testament
  9. Theistic Monism the Basis of Old Testament Theology
  10. Man the Link Between God and the World
  11. Primary Attributes of God
  12. Moral Attributes of God
  13. God’s Righteous Administration
  14. God and Evil
  15. God’s Counsel Not to Be Frustrated
  16. Providence and Chance
  17. Providence and Prayer

Method of Treatment [page 8]

The course which will be adopted in this manual is, first, to take a brief general survey of the theology of the Books, beginning with the Prophets and Psalms and working back gradually to the dawn of sacred history; secondly, to examine the names, titles and attributes of God as presented in the volume as a whole; thirdly, to investigate the teaching of the Old Testament in what may perhaps be called a scientific method, bringing it as far as possible into touch with the questions of the day. For this last purpose all parts of the Hebrew Scriptures will be freely quoted without reference to speculative questions as to authorship and composition, the unity of the Scriptures being recognised throughout, and the Books being taken on their own profession as bona-fide and authoritative documents received by the Jewish Church and accepted by the Christian. [Continue reading]