Review: A Time to Keep

29894929Ephraim Radner is professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, Toronto. Radner earned both an MDiv and PhD from Yale University. He is the author of several books and articles, including A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church, The World in the Shadow of God: An Introduction to Christian Natural Theology, and the volume on the book of Leviticus as part of the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. Most recently, Radner released an exciting anthropological investigation into the nature and function of mankind in relation to his time and being here on earth.

A Time to Keep: Theology, Morality, and the Shape of Human Life explores significant territory and wrestles with noteworthy questions—many of which we may have never even thought to ask. For Radner, mankind is a relational being created and shaped by God for redemption and death. That is, as creatures, mortality should continually remind us that death is but a doorstep away. Because the number of days are finite for God’s creatures, time here on earth is to be understood as both vocational and purposeful. Thus, Radner guides the reader to reflect upon the frailty of life as it was intentionally created by God and challenges them to make the most of it for him daily. Life, for Radner, is graciously given by God for his glory, and thus, he has sought to establish his presence in this world through the specific nature and function of his creatures. Still, Radner does much more than establish the above reality. He also spends a good amount of time and energy exploring the Bible to construct a biblical portrait of humanity, including issues related to human sexuality, gender, and even bodily fluids (yes, bodily fluids) in relation to cleanliness and Leviticus 15.

Radner has creatively (and I would even go as far as to say, masterfully) woven some of the most intricate details of biblical anthropology with that discovered in the overarching implications of human life that is both purposeful and sustained for divine fruitfulness. The reader will likely leave with numerous questions, but a new perspective on life should be the Radner’s guarantee. A Time to Keep is a book that (while more advanced than some may choose to enjoy) will deeply encourage your heart and enrich your understanding of God’s creative work in mankind. Radner effectively teaches both the heart and the head, and thus succeeds in transforming a worldview that recognizes the real point of life. This is a book worth weighing through! It comes highly recommended!


I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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