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EBOOK Reformed Thought: Selected Writings of William Young (Beeke & Lanning)

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Reformed Thought presents some of the writings from the career of William Young. Young is a trained philosopher and theologian who rubbed shoulders with men like John Murray and Gordon Clark. He is also a churchman, dedicated to the edification and wellbeing of God’s people. And as this collection of essays demonstrates, he is the kind of man who feels just as much at home discussing technical matters of metaphysics as he does promoting experiential Christianity. This book is a testimony to Young’s wide ranging interests and capabilities, presenting a number of theological and philosophical essays, some sermons and other pastoral writings, and several book reviews.

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Table of Contents: 

Introduction—Paul Helm 

Biographical Sketch—Vincent Gebhart and Ray B. Lanning 

Theology and Doctrine 

1. What Is Experimental Religion? 

2. Infra- and Supralapsarian Calvinism 

3. Historic Calvinism and Neo-Calvinism 

4. Antinomianism 

5. Original Sin 

6. Conversion 

7. The Puritan Principle of Worship 

8. The Presbyterian Form of Church Government 

9. The Westminster Confession on Church and State 

10. Abraham Kuyper versus the Westminster Confession on Church and State 

11. Gordon Clark: Christian Intellectualist 

Sermons and Pastoral Writings

12. Looking Upon the Pierced Christ—Zechariah 12:10a

13. Godly Sorrow and Repentance unto Life—Zechariah 12:10b

14. The Benefits of the Sabbath—Mark 2:27

15. The Penitent Thief—Luke23:43 

16. Romans 7: A Battleground—Romans 7:14–25 

17. The Excellency and Efficacy of God’s Power—Ephesians 1:19 

18. The Total Depravity of Man—Ephesians 2:1

19. Christ, the Pearl of Great Price—Revelation 21:21a 

20. The Most Holy Table of the Lord 

21. How to Address God in Prayer 

22. Validity of Religious Truth 

23. Modern Relativism and the Authority of Scripture 

24. What Is Truth? 

25. Theory and Theology 

26. Wittgenstein and Christianity 

27. Wittgenstein and Predestination 

28. Wittgenstein and the Future of Metaphysics 

29. Paul Tillich’s Reinterpretation of Historic Christianity 


30. John Duncan’s Colloquia Peripatetica 

31. Perry Miller on Jonathan Edwards 

32. John R. Lucas on Freedom and Grace 

33. John R. Lucas on The Freedom of the Will 

34. Robert T. Kendall’s Calvin and English Calvinism 

35. Gordon H. Clark, Sanctification

36. The Regulative Principle Revised? John Frame’s Worship in Spirit and Truth 

Bibliography of William Young’s Publications 


William Young was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 9, 1918. At a very early age he excelled in his studies and entered Columbia University in 1934, at age 16. He also earned degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He went on to teach philosophy at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and then at the University of Rhode Island. He has also served as the pastor of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of East Greenwich, Rhode Island.


Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.

Ray B. Lanning


“The reader will discover that for breadth of scope, wealth of content, depth of understanding, and strength of conviction, not to mention intensity of passion, William Young has few peers. It is a privilege to be able to commend Bill’s Selected Writings to a wider readership.” — Paul Helm, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Regent College

“William Young used to visit our home after evening worship for what, to me, was a feast of profitable discussion. Now, these many years later, this fine collection of his writing has enabled me to take up where we left off. I welcome its publication and heartily recommend it.” — G. I. Williamson, author of The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes

“Every student of classic, Reformation theology and piety will warmly receive Dr. Young’s contribution to the literature. His writings reflect breadth of experience, penetrating insight, and a healthy dose of wit. Indeed, his disregard for conventional wisdom combined with a fiery loyalty to the truth is refreshing!” — Michael Ives, Pastor of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of East Greenwich, Rhode Island