JI Packer dies on the age of 93
JI Packer, author of one of the best-selling Christian books of all time, Knowing God
The leading Christian thinker JI Packer died at the age of 93.
The renowned theologian died on Friday in Vancouver, Canada for natural reasons.
His death was announced by Regent College in Vancouver, where he was professor of theology on the Board of Governors.
Regent College paid tribute and said he was an "esteemed" faculty member.
"Despite all of his awards and accomplishments, Jim's focus has always been on Christ. He said that Book of common prayer morning prayer and evening prayer at the beginning and end of each day, often at 4 am to do this, "it said.
"Even after recovering from a broken pelvis in his senior year, he dropped to his knees to pray before the Eucharist."
Although Packer was influenced by the works of John Calvin and the English Puritans, he could write about God in a way that was accessible to everyone.
A lasting testimony to this is Knowing God, the book that remains his most famous work and in which he writes about the character of God.
The book, published in 1973, has sold over one and a half million copies. It is one of 47 books the theologian has written about the Christian faith.
The Anglican theologian, born near Gloucester, England, was also the editor of the English Standard Version Bible and theological editor of the English Standard Version Study Bible.
Christians paid the tribute to the respected theologian.
JD Greear, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, said: "Knowing God remains one of the most important books I have ever read – and one that I have returned to several times in my life. Thank God for the life of JI Packer." "
Gavin Calver, head of the British Evangelical Alliance, said: "JI Packer was a giant of a man who had a great influence. His book & # 39; Knowing God & # 39; helped so many to understand the Lord on a deeper level and To love him and his word more Well done, good and faithful servant, what an inheritance you leave behind. May you rest in peace and rise in glory. "
Krish Kandiah, founder of Home for Good, said: "Sorry to hear about JI Packer's death, I literally quote him every week. I was privileged to interview him a few times and I loved his passion for both theology of adoption as well as for his practice. "
Theologian Albert Mohler described Packer as "one of the most important figures in English-speaking evangelicalism".
"His book & # 39; Know God & # 39; came to me as a lifeline when I was an 18 year old Christian," he said.
Packer is survived by his wife Kit, whom he married in 1954, their three children Ruth, Naomi and Martin, and two grandchildren.