Thomas Ridgley’s A Body of Divinity (2 vols.) is an immense and comprehensive commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism. More than just an exposition or observations of the concepts in the Catechism, this work provides practical explanations for laity as well as students and pastors. As a pastor and tutor, Ridgley is more than qualified to supply a dissertation on the basic doctrines put forward by the Westminster Assembly in 1649. The Larger Catechism helped to redefine the Anglican Church, and Ridgley’s commentary on it is an exceptional work. Even at the time of its publication in 1731, it became a classic defense for moderate Calvinism.
Ridgley’s commentary carefully follows the Larger Catechism. He offers valuable commentary on each question and answer in a conversational yet academic tone. Meant to be read together by families and laity, these volumes will aid any reader of the Scriptures as they seek to understand and interpret what the Bible has to say. It is also essential for anyone studying in the history of the church and the forming of doctrinal statements. In addition, it will be of immense value to those interested in the Calvinistic tradition. This edition uses the definitive 1855 version. With the Logos edition, all the Scripture references are linked to the Bibles in your library, making study and devotions easy and accessible.
Thomas Ridgley was an English Puritan, born in 1667. He became a pastor in 1695 and was the successor of Thomas Gauge, another influential Puritan. Famous for his refutation of Arminianism, his Body of Divinity became a standard for moderate Calvinism. He died in 1734.