In Christian Praise of: J.I. Packer

J.I. Packer is a Christian theologian, much admired by the evangelical movements.
Becoming a Christian at Oxford, where he first met C.S. Lewis (who had a major impact on his life), and got involved with the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (who did not regard him as doctrinally sound enough to join their executive committee).
Packer then studied theology and was ordained a priest, before leading the evangelical wing within the Church of England. In 1979 he moved to Vancover, where he has since tsught theology. Packer is a keen ecumenist, but not at the expense of evangelical doctrine (and his recognition of Catholics as fellow Christians has brought him into conflict with some Protestant hardliners).
Whilst very much the conservative. Packer is keen to be open and welcoming, especially with those he disagrees, and his work with the Revised Standard version of the Bible, as well as his books, have brought him a wide audience.


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