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The Complete Works of Stephen Charnock (5 vols.)

by Charnock, Stephen

4 publishers G. Herbert, James Nichol, J. Nisbet & Co., W. Robertson 1864–1866

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Overview

Stephen Charnock was an influential Puritan minister, whose writings and sermons combined theological acumen, a thorough understanding of Scripture, and a clear grasp of philosophy. He ministered in the context of theological controversy and political upheaval, and contributed to the establishment of Reformed orthodoxy in seventeenth century England and Ireland.

The Complete Works of Stephen Charnock contains 64 theological discourses—2,804 pages of rich Puritan writing on biblical and theological topics. This collection also contains Charnock’s seminal work, The Existence and Attributes of God, found in the first two volumes. This work has become a classic text on the doctrine of God, and examines in detail God’s foreknowledge and sovereignty, and discusses the possibility of free will and natural law. No Reformed theologian prior to Charnock treated God’s existence and attributes with such clarity and depth—in fact, his was one of the first works solely devoted to the subject to appear in the Reformed theological tradition, and has become a standard work on the subject. His positions have been echoed and refined by generations of theologians, and most recently have contributed to contemporary debates over free will, foreknowledge, and the openness of God.

Stephen Charnock’s Works will interest Reformed theologians, Puritan scholars, historians of the English Reformation, and anyone interested in the open theism debate.

Key Features

  • Lengthy introduction to Stephen Charnock, by James McCosh, including biographical material
  • Contains The Existence and Attributes of God, the work for which Charnock is best known
  • 64 theological discourses and sermons in all
  • Volume 5 contains detailed indexes for the entire collections
  • All Scripture references are linked to the Bibles in your library

Praise for the Print Edition

The place of Stephen Charnock among theologians has long been definite and distinguished. . . . Massive, substantial, and thorough, [Charnock’s works] well represent the religious thinking and character of the man.

The Evangelical Witness and Presbyterian Review, 1865

Individual Titles

Volume 1

  • Author: Stephen Charnock
  • Publisher: James Nichol
  • Publication Date: 1864
  • Pages: 536

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Introduction to Charnock’s Works by James McCosh
  • Biography of Stephen Charnock
  • Puritan Preaching
  • Philosophical Principles of Puritan Theology
A Treatise of Divine Providence
  • Discourse on the Existence and Attributes of God
    • Discourse upon the Existence of God
    • Practical Atheism
    • A Discourse upon God’s Being a Spirit
    • A Discourse upon Spiritual Worship
    • A Discourse upon the Eternity of God
    • A Discourse upon the Immutability of God
    • A Discourse upon God’s Omnipresence
    • A Discourse upon God’s Knowledge

Volume 2

  • Author: Stephen Charnock
  • Publisher: James Nichol
  • Publication Date: 1864
  • Pages: 544

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Discourse on the Existence and Attributes of God, continued
  • A Discourse upon the Wisdom of God
  • A Discourse upon the Power of God
  • A Discourse upon the Holiness of God
  • A Discourse upon the Goodness of God
  • A Discourse upon God’s Dominion
  • A Discourse upon God’s Patience

Volume 3

  • Author: Stephen Charnock
  • Publisher: James Nichol
  • Publication Date: 1865
  • Pages: 534

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

  • The Necessity of Regeneration
  • A Discourse on the Nature of Regeneration
  • A Discourse on the Efficient of Regeneration
  • A Discourse of the Word, the Instrument of Regeneration
  • A Discourse of God’s Being the Author of Reconciliation
  • A Discourse of the Cleansing Virtue of Christ’s Blood

Volume 4

  • Author: Stephen Charnock
  • Publisher: James Nichol
  • Publication Date: 1865
  • Pages: 598

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

  • A Discourse of the Knowledge of God
  • A Discourse of the Knowledge of God in Christ
  • A Discourse of Conviction of Sin
  • A Discourse of Unbelief, Proving It Is the Greatest Sin
  • A Discourse of the Misery of Unbelievers
  • A Discourse Shewing Who Are Unbelievers
  • A Discourse of the End of the Lord’s Supper
  • A Discourse of the Subjects of the Lord’s Supper
  • A Discourse of the Unworthy Receiving of the Lord’s Supper
  • A Discourse of Self-Examination
  • A Discourse of the Knowledge of Christ Crucified
  • A Discourse of Christ Our Passover
  • A Discourse of the Voluntariness of Christ’s Death
  • A Discourse of the Acceptableness of Christ’s Death
  • A Discourse of Obedience

Volume 5

  • Author: Stephen Charnock
  • Publisher: James Nichol
  • Publication Date: 1866
  • Pages: 592

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

  • A Discourse of the Necessity of Christ’s Death
  • A Discourse of the Necessity of Christ’s Exaltation
  • A Discourse of Christ’s Intercession
  • A Discourse of the Object of Faith
  • A Discourse of Afflictions
  • A Discourse of the Removal of the Gospel
  • A Discourse of Mercy Received
  • A Discourse of Mortification
  • A Discourse Proving Weak Grace Victorious
  • A Discourse of the Sinfulness and Cure of Thoughts
  • A Discourse of the Church’s Stability
  • A Discourse upon the Fifth of November
  • A Discourse of Delight in Prayer
  • A Discourse of Mourning for Other Men’s Sins
  • A Discourse for the Comfort of Child-Bearing Women
  • A Discourse of the Sins of the Regenerate
  • A Discourse of the Pardon of Sin
  • Man’s Enmity to God
  • The Chief Sinners Objects of the Choicest Mercy
  • Indexes

Product Details

  • Title: The Complete Works of Stephen Charnock (5 vols.)
  • Author: Stephen Charnock
  • Publisher: James Nichol
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 2,804

About Stephen Charnock

Stephen Charnock was born in 1628 in London, and little is known about his childhood. He studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, under William Sancroft. Upon graduation, he became a minister in Southwark, and moved to Oxford in 1652, where he was appointed a fellow of New College. Charnock moved to Ireland in 1656, where he served as chaplain to Henry Cromwell, the son of Oliver Cromwell. While he was in Ireland, he preached regularly each week in Dublin. His sermons were delivered without notes, and Charnock became popular in the city. In 1675, Charnock moved back to London to become a minister at Crosby Hall. He remained in London until his death on July 27, 1680.