John Frame’s New Book, “Selected Writings Volume 2” Just Published

Steve —  February 13, 2015 — Leave a comment

Frame Book Cover Volume 2Good news! Dr. John M. Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 2 (P&R) has just been released.

Dr. Frame has distinguished himself as a prolific author and one of America’s foremost theologians and philosophers—significantly shaping the thought of Evangelicalism today. Many of today’s most influential Christian leaders and authors, like Tim Keller and John Piper, readily acknowledge the significant impact John Frame has had on them. He is also a dear friend and colleague who has significantly shaped my theology, life, and ministry for many years.

Although widely known and deeply respected in church leadership and academic circles for decades, his works are now, finally, becoming more known to the general public.

After publishing his massive (1276 pages), award-winning Systematic Theology in November 2013 he began following the tradition of John Calvin (Tracts and Treatises),[1] Jonathan Edwards (Miscellanies),[2] B. B. Warfield (Selected Shorter Writings),[3] and Herman Bavinck (Selected Shorter Works),[4] finishing his writing career by publishing “everything he’s always wanted to write but hasn’t” in his Selected Shorter Writings.

Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings Volume 1 was published in March 2014. The second volume was published this month by P & R Publishing. This volume (384 pages) contains 26 short, pointed essays summarizing some of Frame’s central (and a few peripheral) ideas about Scripture, theological education, theological method, apologetics, ethics, and the church, along with some essays regarding some interesting personal reflections. Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 2, begins with:

“Inerrancy: A Place to Live,” one of Frame’s shortest and clearest presentations of this aspect of the doctrine of Scripture. This essay is complemented later in the book by

“Let God Be True: Scripture and Certainty.” Other essays include

“Why Theology Needs Philosophy,” (presaging Frame’s epic History of Western Philosophy and Theology),

“The Academic Captivity of Theology,” (Frame’s highly controversial evaluation of the traditional model of seminary training for pastors),

“The Demise of Systematic Theology,”

“The Heart of the Atonement,”

“The Bible on the Problem of Evil,”


“Two Levels of Divine Blessing,”

“What Denomination Should I Join?,”

“Worship That Pleases God,”

“My Exceptions to the Westminster Standards,” and (just for fun)

“Triperspectival Dieting,” and much more.

As in his first volume, in volume 2 you’ll find a wide array of important topics written in Frame’s inimitable style of clarity and robust charity. You’ll learn new ways to apply the Scriptures to real life and ministry (“Theology is application!”). And along the way you’ll be inspired and challenged as you mine the riches of these winsome and provocative essays.

If you’re interested in learning more about the life, theology, and ministry of John Frame, I’ve written these 4 brief blog posts I hope you’ll find helpful:

Coming Soon: The 100 Books That Have Most Influenced John Frame’s Thought by Frame and Childers

[1] John Calvin and Henry Beveridge, Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2004).

[2] Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 13, The Miscellanies: A–500, ed. Thomas A. Schafer (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994); vol. 18, The Miscellanies: 501–832, ed. Ava Chamberlain (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2000); vol. 20, The Miscellanies: 833–1152, ed. Amy Plantinga Pauw (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002); vol. 23, The Miscellanies: 1153–1360, ed. Douglas A. Sweeney (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004).

[3] Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Selected Shorter Writings, ed. John Meeter (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001).

[4] Herman Bavinck, Selected Shorter Works (Portland, OR: Monergism Books, 2011).