Major Book on the Sonship Controversy

The author of this book was one of my professors at WTS, and is most likely the world’s expert on the doctrine of adoption (sorry, Dr. Beeke, it is not intended as a slight of your excellent book, which, I notice, makes use of Trumper’s thesis quite extensively). The doctrine of adoption, of course, plays a huge role in an orthodox response to the sonship movement. This makes Dr. Trumper extremely well-qualified to write this book.



  1. E.C. Hock said,

    October 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Did not J. I. Packer, in Knowing God relate justification to adoption this way: As justification is the foundational blessing, adoption is thr crowning blessing. Therefore, in Reformation Theology and the solas, we ought not stop with the slogans opf justification, lest we finally rest more with the Lutherans than go on to adoption, which more appropriately, as noted in the WCF, expresses the fullness of covenantal life as not just a life accepted and vindicated, but a life in communion with the Father.

  2. greenbaggins said,

    October 7, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Beeke and Trumper take similar approaches to Packer (and I believe you’re right).

  3. E.C. Hock said,

    October 7, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I also agree with Packer and company here. I see the Scripture going from the sure and vindicating relief of the courtroom to the joyful assurance of the family room. Adoption is, among the great benefits of salvation, the highest and richest as it pertains to our inheritance. Adoption perhaps also relates to the question as to what is more central language to our salvation, “justified by faith alone” or being “in Christ”? I had that very question asked me in my comprehensive exams in theology which come at the end of the year in Aberdeen. One can fill many “bluebooks” navigating through that question.

  4. thomasgoodwin said,

    October 7, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    That program has caused me more pastoral head-aches than anything else I can think of! Nice to see another response; thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  5. Phil Rich said,

    October 8, 2008 at 12:11 pm


    What sorts of pastoral headaches?

  6. HS said,

    October 9, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Hmm. I, too, would like to know about the “pastoral headaches.” Personally, while I respect the concerns that have been raised about Sonship, the only way in which that program made my head hurt was when it blasted through my thick-skulled self-righteousness and made me finally “get” the depth of God’s love for me. Thanks for the book recommendation, Green Baggins! I’ve added it to my WTS bookstore wishlist.

  7. greenbaggins said,

    October 9, 2008 at 10:09 am

    HS, thanks for the comment. Would you like to tell us your full name, please? I do not allow anonymous comments on this blog.

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