Drawing on new primary source material, this volume considers the Assembly’s theology in terms of the unfolding development of doctrine in the Reformed churches—in connection with the preceding and current events in English history—and locates it in relation to the catholic tradition of the western church. The book asks exactly what the divines meant at each stage of their task. At a time when claims are made that particular theologies represent historic Reformed doctrine, it is particularly important to grasp what this actually is.
This collection is essential for students, scholars, pastors, historians, and anyone else studying church history. With Logos Bible Software, The Westminster Assembly is completely searchable—Scripture passages appear on mouseover and link to your preferred English translation and to the original-language texts. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform comprehensive searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “sabbath,” or the “ordo-salutis.”
- Looks at the “original intent” of the Assembly’s authors
- Draws on new primary source material
- Applies important lessons for the confessional church today
- The Historical Context
- From Henry VIII to the First Civil War
- The Westminster Assembly and the Breakdown of Order
- The Theological Context
- The English Context
- Sources of the Assembly’s Theology
- The Reformed and Catholic Contexts
- The Theology of the Assembly
- Perspectives on Westminster
- Holy Scripture
- God the Trinity
- God’s Sovereign Freedom
- Humanity and Sin
- Christ and Covenant
- The Order of Salvation
- Law and Liberty
- Church and Sacraments
- Death, Resurrection, and Judgment
Praise for the Print Edition
For those who revere the work of the Westminster Assembly, Prof. Letham’s comprehensive study is a blessed gift. Making judicious use of primary sources recently made available, and avoiding anachronistic and misleading attempts to make the Assembly’s work more ‘relevant’ to our times, the author has positioned that work firmly and clearly in its own time, with the paradoxical result that the Assembly’s debates and decisions come to life again and speak powerfully to us today. When you next study or teach the theology of the Westminster Assembly, this will be the first book you will turn to.
—Robert B. Strimple, professor emeritus of systematic theology, Westminster Seminary California
Letham has put us all in his debt by giving us a solid and thorough introduction to the Westminster Assembly that brings its debates to life and shows why the confession and catechisms it produced have become the touchstone of Reformed theology in the English-speaking world.
—Gerald Bray, research professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School
Typical of Bob Letham’s writings, The Westminster Assembly, is comprehensive in its grasp. . . . The book will appeal to theological professors as an ideal seminary text, to ministers as a handy guide for preaching and teaching, and to lay people as a tool to become historically and theologically informed.
—Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
- Title: The Westminster Assembly: Reading Its Theology in Historical Context
- Author: Robert Letham
- Publisher: P & R
- Publication Date: 2009
- Pages: 432
About Robert Letham
Robert Letham is a full-time lecturer at Wales Evangelical School of Theology. His other books include The Holy Trinity, winner of the ECPA’s Gold Medallion Award, and The Lord’s Supper.