Australian Adam Couchman has just posted a review of one of Samuel Logan Brengle’s classic books, Helps to Holiness. I think there is a real need for online reviews of old classics, so I’m glad to see Adam taking a look at this one by Brengle.
It’s a great review, acknowledging Brengle’s significant contribution, but also noting some of the shortfalls of his holiness theology – notably his approach to sin as a substance, his underestimation of the gracious and active pursuit of humanity by God, and the elevated role that experience plays in his theological method.
In spite of these shortcomings, Adam’s conclusion is that
Christians should read this book. Salvationists should read this book. But we should read it how Brengle intended it to be read; as a pastoral and devotional aid. Whilst Brengle had some training in academic theology he didn’t write academic theology. He wrote practical theology. It’s not perfect, but it is helpful.
This kind of critical appreciation for Brengle is sorely needed. I find people either dismiss him, or put him on a pedastal. I hope others will follow Adam’s lead on this.
Go here to read the review.