Author and theologian JI Packer dies at 93, fans say the man who wrote 'Knowing God' is 'now with Him'

The evangelical theologian had a soft yet influential voice that 'changed the lives' of people who allowed themselves to open up to his 'intelligent and unique works'


                            Author and theologian JI Packer dies at 93, fans say the man who wrote 'Knowing God' is 'now with Him'
James Innell Packer (Crossway)

James Innell Packer, known to fans as JI Packer, an evangelical theologian has passed away days before his 94th birthday. The author died on Friday, July 17, with reports revealing that the death was by natural causes. Packer was influential for many and his works including his book titled 'Knowing God' that had changed more than a few lives. The book was said to be one of, if not his, best works.

In the wake of this tragedy, fans of the influential leader took to Twitter to offer condolences to the "man that challenged many a thought" as they urged people to read the book, thanking the author for his "voice of love and reason."

"The man who wrote 'Knowing God' is now with Him. Sad to hear this but grateful for his writing and witness. I had the honor of hanging out with him for an afternoon once and he was incredibly kind and, of course, brilliant. Rest in peace," wrote one fan with another adding, "'Knowing God' was a foundational book for me, and still one of my most treasured. I am so thankful for his work, and I suspect his reward will be great." According to reports the author had published so much material during his years that  it is "impossible to compile a bibliography of his writings." 

"I read 'Knowing God' when I was 24 and pastoring my first church. I was gripped by what Packer wrote about the Fatherhood of God. I was raised by a single parent mom and so this became a point of reference for my Christian walk and ministry. I was pointed to the pasturelands," wrote a fan. Another wrote, "'Knowing God' was a huge book for me. It had a huge impact on my spiritual life."

Many have been challenged by Packers' writings, and many were opened up to new possible truths as well. "Great reflection of a truly great man. If you've never read 'Knowing God' (or haven't in quite a while), now would be an excellent time. I am profoundly thankful for the life of JI Packer," wrote a fan. The theologian had a soft yet influential voice that "changed the lives" of people who allowed themselves to open up to his "intelligent and unique works".

Many who have read the book 'Knowing God,' urged people to read it if they hadn't already called it a "masterpiece that will leave you in awe". "Theologian JI Packer has just passed days before his 94th birthday. Every great Christian thinker we admire today was likely influenced by him. His book 'Knowing God' is required reading for every Christian. What an infinitely better place he's in now." wrote one fan with another adding, "One of the greatest theologians of our age has gone to his eternal reward. JI Packer's writings shaped my heart and mind immensely — particularly 'Knowing God', 'Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God' and 'Quest for Godliness'. His memory and writings will not soon be forgotten."

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