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John Charles Ryle 1816 1900 was the first Bishop of Liverpool England. After a dazzling sporting career at school and university poised on the verge of national recognition he gave it all up to become a minister in the Church of England.However his leadership abilities on the field of play stood out and prepared him for the difficult task of being an evangelical leader of a mixed diocese in the most sectarian of English cities. Throughout his period in office Ryle was respected by his colleagues to the extent that even one of his most strident opponents broke down and wept at the news of his death. He was able to master the difficult task of being firm in his beliefs and loving in his application of them. His gracious spirit is an example to us today. This is probably why many of Ryle's writings have been continuously in print for over 100 years. Here Ryle explains that divisive often derided and misapplied by advertising term 'born again'. He explains what being 'born again' means why it is necessary and how you can tell whether you are. Much of the value of this publication though lies in what Ryle writes next. In his gracious yet firm way Ryle devotes the majority of the book to explaining how the objections people have had to the doctrine should be handled and overcome with gentle persuasion.It is a supreme example of the art of persuasion.
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Larry Dixon is Professor of Systematic Theology and Church History at Columbia International University, South Carolina.


'Larry Dixon has addressed a topic which is of great current importance . . . This is a book which every serious student of the Bible and theology must read'. -- Millard J Erickson. Distinguished Professor ofTheology at Baylor University's Truett Seminary A thoughtful, provocative, and fair-minded treatment of a controversial theme in Christian doctrine. -- Thomas Oden, Drew University Graduate and Theological School 'In a climate where universalism is very fashionable in churches and seminaries, Dr. Dixon stands forthrightly in support of the traditional orthodox doctrine of endless conscious punishment.' -- Roger Nicole 'Respectfully interacts with opponents and writes in a manner that is atonce attractive, passionate accessible to ordinary believers.' -- Robert A. Peterson, Covenant Theological Seminary

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