(WORLD) — J.I. Packer, one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century, died on Friday. He was 93.
Packer authored hundreds of Christian books and articles over more than half a century, but he’s perhaps best known for his 1973 work ‘Knowing God’. Publishers have sold more than 1.5 million copies since the book’s release and have translated it into more than a dozen languages.
But for all of Packer’s vast contributions to explaining Biblical doctrine — and championing Biblical inerrancy — the Oxford-educated Anglican offered a gloriously simple summary of the gospel: “God saves sinners.”
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Packer stirred concern in the 1990s in being a signee of Chuck Colson’s ecumenical “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” statement. His participation, which he publicly defended, generated discussion for years.