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Covenanted Uniformity in Religion


Reformation Heritage 2013

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In Covenanted Uniformity in Religion, Wayne R. Spear reassesses the Westminster Assembly from the standpoint of the Scottish commissioners and their influence in the drawing up of the ‘Form of Church Government.’ Spear begins by placing the Assembly in its historical setting and giving an overview of how it conducted its business. Then, following the order of the ‘Form of Church Government,’ he traces each significant expression from its origin in a committee, through its debate and modification in the Assembly, to its final placement in the document. Finally, Spear evaluates the responses the document received in England and Scotland, showing that the Scots failed to achieve some of their most cherished goals in the Assembly debates and thus establishing it as a truly deliberative body.

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Looking for more resources on the Westminster Assembly? Check out The Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and Subordinate Standards.

Key Features

  • Provides the historical reasoning behind the Westminster Assembly’s adoption of the covenant
  • Demonstrates that the Assembly truly and fairly deliberated the document
  • Traces the positive reception of the document in both England and Scotland


  • The Westminster Assembly in Its Historical Setting
  • The Composition of the Westminster Assembly’s Form of Church Government

Praise for the Print Edition

Dr. Wayne Spear’s study of the discussion of church government at the Westminster Assembly has for decades remained hidden in the relative obscurity of scholarly libraries. It is a cause for rejoicing that it is now being made available to a wider public. Carefully researched and written with a gracious clarity, it is enormously helpful in walking us through the long and complex debates on church government in which the Westminster divines engaged. Dr. Spear brings out the role of the small group of unusually gifted teaching and ruling elders sent to the Assembly as commissioners from the Church of Scotland. The value of Covenanted Uniformity in Religion extends far beyond the world of academic study and discussion, where it will certainly be welcomed.

Sinclair B. Ferguson, professor of systematic theology, Redeemer Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX

Product Details

  • Title: Covenanted Uniformity in Religion: The Influence of the Scottish Commissioners upon the Ecclesiology of the Westminster Assembly
  • Author: Wayne R. Spear
  • Series: Studies on the Westminster Assembly
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages:248

About Wayne R. Spear

Wayne R. Spear is professor emeritus of systematic theology at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Dr. Spear received his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, and served as minister in Lake Reno, Nevada, San Diego, California, and Indianapolis, Indiana. He has written numerous books including Talking to God: The Theology of Prayer and Faith of Our Fathers: A Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith.

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