Four Nine books by J.C. Ryle
As readers no doubt know, I think highly of J.C. Ryle, the evangelical Bishop of Liverpool in the late nineteenth century. It occurred to me that perhaps I could find some of his books in the public domain via the amazing resources of Google Books – and lo and behold, I did find four of them. They range in date of publication all the way from 1852 to 1898 – and I have to say Bishop Ryle’s message of the need for holiness and fidelity to the Scriptures and to the faith of the Anglican Reformers is remarkably consistent!
- Living or Dead? (1852) which is a collection of essays/sermons.
- Coming Events and Present Duties (second edition of 1879) – this one is interesting to me because it is focused on the Second Coming of Christ, and being ready for that event. I had not seen this text before.
- Light from Old Times (second edition of 1898) – I find this one notable for Ryle’s respect for the Reformers such as Hooper, Ridley and Latimer, and his disregard for Laud. The Introduction is certainly worth reading for his defense of “the Evangelical School” of his day.
- Knots Untied (1898) is a volume in which Ryle looks at some of the theological questions of his day, again from the perspective of the “Evangelical School.” It is perhaps the best known of these four texts.
In addition, as of November 2010, I have now located Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and these volumes can be accessed in PDF format below: