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A Body of Divinity (2 vols.)


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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.

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Key Features

  • Over 1,300 pages of commentary on the Westminster Catechism
  • Perfect for students, laity, and those interested in the history of the church
  • Includes detailed table of contents

Product Details

  • Title: A Body of Divinity
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Author: Thomas Ridgley
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 1,372

Individual Titles

A Body of Divinity: Volume 1

  • Author: Thomas Ridgley
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1855
  • Pages: 686

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

The first volume covers the first sixty–four questions of the Larger Catechism, including topics such as what it means to enjoy God, the existence of God, His provision, the nature and history of the Bible, God’s nature, and the doctrine of the Trinity. Ridgley also addresses God’s decrees for His people, election of the saints, and the will of God. Ridgley speaks on creation, the nature of man, the fall of humanity, sin, the covenant of grace, Christ as mediator of grace, Christ’s humility, as well as the life of Christ on earth. He also commentates on redemption and salvation in this volume, as well as the role of the Church in the world.

Table of Contents

  • The Author's Preface
  • The Editor's Preface
  • Life of Dr. Ridgley
  • The Introduction
  • Of Glorifying God, and the Enjoyment of Him
  • Of the Being of a God
  • Of the Holy Scripture
  • Of the Divine Authority of the Scriptures
  • The Principal Matters Contained in Scripture
  • Of the Nature and Perfections of God
  • Of the Unity of the Godhead
  • Of the Doctrine of the Trinity
  • Of God’s Decrees
  • Of the Doctrine of the Trinity
  • Of Angels
  • Of the Creation of Man
  • Of Providence
  • Of God’s Providence Toward the Angels
  • Of God’s Providence Toward Man in Innocency
  • Of the Fall of Man
  • All Mankind Fell in Adam
  • Of Sin
  • Of Man’s Misery by the Fall
  • Of the Punishment of Sin
  • Of the Punishment of Sin in Both Worlds
  • Of Man’s Recovery
  • The Covenant of Grace Made with Christ, and, in Him, with the Elect
  • Of the Grace Manifested in the Second Covenant
  • Of the Various Dispensations of the Covenant of Grace
  • Of the Mediator of the Covenant of Grace
  • Of the Necessity of the Mediator’s Having Two Natures
  • Of the Mediator’s Name and Offices
  • Of Christ’s Prophetical Office
  • Of Christ’s Priestly Office
  • Of Christ’s Kingly Office
  • Of the Millennium
  • Christ’s Humiliation
  • Of Christ’s Humiliation Before and After His Death
  • Of Christ’s Resurrection and Exaltation
  • Of Christ’s Ascension
  • Of Christ’s Intercession
  • Of Christ’s Coming to Judge the World
  • Of the Benefits of Redemption, and the Application Thereof
  • Of the Disadvantages of Those Who Never Hear the Gospel
  • Of the Church, Visible and Invisible

A Body of Divinity: Volume 2

  • Author: Thomas Ridgley
  • Publisher: Robert Carter & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1855
  • Pages: 686

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

This second volume includes Ridgley’s observations on questions sixty-five through one hundred ninety–six. Topics include calling of the saints, communion with Christ, doctrines of justification, sanctification, adoption, and faith, perseverance of the saints, the role of assurance in faith, judgment and punishment, as w ell as an exposition of the Ten Commandments. He provides commentary on the sacraments of baptism, prayer, and communion. Ridgley also goes into great detail on the Lord’s Prayer and the use of the word, "amen."

Table of Contents

  • Of the Benefits which the Invisible Church Enjoy Christ
  • Of Effectual Calling
  • Of Communion with Christ in Grace
  • Of Justification
  • Of Justifying Faith
  • Of Adoption
  • Of Sanctification
  • Of Repentance Unto Life
  • Wherein Justification and Sanctification Differ
  • Of the Imperfection of Sanctification in this Life
  • Of the Saints’ Perseverance in Grace
  • Of Assurance of Salvation
  • Some True Believers Destitute of Assurance
  • Of Communion in Glory with Christ Enjoyed in this Life
  • Of Death
  • Of the Saints’ Communion with Christ in Glory after Death
  • Of the Doctrine of the Resurrection
  • Of the Punishment of the Wicked
  • Of the Privileges and Honors of the Saints at the Last Day
  • Of Man’s Obligation to Obedience
  • Of the Moral Law
  • The Moral Law, where Summarily Comprehended
  • Rules for Understanding the Ten Commandments
  • The Sum of the Ten Commandments
  • The Duties Required in the First Commandments
  • The Sins Forbidden in the First Commandment
  • An Explication of the Second Commandment
  • An Explication of the Third Commandment
  • An Explication of the Fourth Commandment
  • Of Sanctifying the Sabbath or Lord’s Day
  • Of Sins Forbidden in the Fourth Commandment
  • The Sum of the Six Commandments
  • An Explication of the Fifth Commandment
  • The Duties of Superiors
  • An Explication of the Sixth Commandment An Explication of the Seventh Commandment
  • An Explication of the Eighth Commandment
  • The Sins Forbidden in the Eighth Commandment
  • An Explication of the Ninth Commandment
  • An Explication of the Tenth Commandment
  • Of Man’s Inability to Keep the Commandments of God
  • All Sins Not Equally Heinous
  • The Aggravations of Sin
  • Of the Desert of Sin, and of the Means of Escaping God’s Wrath
  • Of the Ordinances, or Outwards Means of Grace
  • How the Word is Made Effectual
  • The Word of God is to be Read by All
  • Of Preaching and Hearing of the Word
  • Of the Sacraments
  • Of Baptism
  • Of the Subjects and Mode of Baptism
  • How Baptism Should be Improved
  • Of the Lord’s Supper
  • Of Preparation for the Lord’s Supper
  • Who Fit to be Communicants
  • Of the Duties Required in and after Receiving the Lord’s Supper
  • Wherein Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Agree, and Wherein They Differ
  • To Whom, and in Whose Name We Pray
  • Of the Spirit’s Help in Prayer; for Whom and for What We are to Pray
  • How We are to Pray
  • Of the Rule for Our Direction in Prayer
  • The Preface of the Lord’s Prayer Explained
  • The First Petition Explained
  • The Second Petition Explained
  • The Third Petition Explained
  • The Fourth Petition Explained
  • The Fifth Petition Explained
  • The Sixth Petition Explained
  • What the Conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer Teacheth
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About Thomas Ridgley

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.


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