Probably the best thing about the internet for me has been the availability of previously unknown teachers being made known and their influence on the development of my theology. This goes for men from John Calvin (who I first discovered back in 1998 online, not in my PC(USA) church growing up) to the gentleman I have noted above in the title of this post. S. Lewis Johnson was Professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and was a strident defender of 5-point Calvinism and Reformed thought in general. Exepting his Dispensationalism he is a dynamite speaker and thorough exegete.
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I highly recommend starting your listening with S. Lewis Johnson’s lectures against “Modified Calvinism” better known as Amyraldism.
I recently completed Doug Kelly’s first volume of his Systematic Theology (other volumes have not been printed yet) and would like to offer a couple of words on why you need to have this (yes another) Systematic in your library.
1) Doug Kelly offers an erudite and exhaustive discussion of the Doctrine of God that spans the entire history of the Church. The wide variety and positive use of Church scholars, including Patristic, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic authors (while still maintaining and defending Confessional Reformed Doctrine) is unparalleled as far as I can tell.
2) Building off the above not near enough can be said about the plethora of both Ante and Post-Nicene Fathers quoted to support and critique the author’s thesis on any given topic. If anything this volume will serve as a deep mine for those seeking quotations by the Church Fathers on topics concerning the Doctrine of Scripture and the Trinity (including the hotly debated filioque).
3) In the style of Old Princeton Dr. Kelly does not seek to teach us anything “new” but only to confirm what it is we as a Church have confessed since the last Apostle laid down his pen. It was quite refreshing to see how united the Church is on the Trinity and how quite novel and heterodox recent teaching has been on the central Doctrine that makes us Christians and not another humanistic religion.
“Though some of God’s dispensations of providence appearr to smile upon the wicked and frown on the virtuous, yet it must be admitted that we often mistake with respect to men’s real charachters, and that we are apt to think there is a great deal more happinness in ease, wealth, or honour, and more unhappinness in afflictions, than really is. A future eternity of rewards and punishments may sufficiently balance any apparent inequality of providence in this life” — John Brown of Haddington The Systematic Theology pg. 11-12