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The Westminster Assembly: Reading its Theology in Historical Context (Letham)

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Drawing on new primary source material, it considers the Assembly’s theology in terms of the unfolding development of doctrine in the Reformed churches, in connection with the preceding and current events in English history, and locates it in relation to the catholic tradition of the western church. The book asks exactly what the divines meant at each stage of their task.

At a time when claims are made that particular theologies represent historic Reformed doctrine, it is particularly important to grasp what this actually is.- New primary source material - looks at ‘original intent’ of the authors - doesn’t get bogged down in minor distractions - applies important lessons for the confessional church today.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: The Historical Context

1. From Henry VIII to the First Civil War

2. The Westminster Assembly and the Breakdown of Order

Part 2: The Theological Context

3. The English Context

4. Sources of the Assembly’s Theology

5. The Reformed and Catholic Contexts

Part 3: The Theology of the Assembly

6. Perspectives on Westminster

7. Holy Scripture

8. God the Trinity

9. God’s Sovereign Freedom

10. Humanity and Sin

11. Christ and Covenant

12. The Order of Salvation

13. Law and Liberty

14. Church and Sacraments

15. Death, Resurrection, and Judgment 



Robert Letham is senior lecturer in systematic and historical theology at Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST). He has advanced degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen.



"Typical of Bob Letham's writings, The Westminster Assembly is comprehensive in its grasp...The book will appeal to theological professors as an ideal seminary text, to ministers as a handy guide for preaching and teaching, and to lay people as a tool to become historically and theologically informed." - Joel Beeke

“Letham has put us all in his debt by giving us a solid and thorough introduction to the Westminster Assembly that brings its debates to life and shows why the confession and catechisms it produced have become the touchstone of Reformed theology in the English-speaking world.” — Gerald Bray, Beeson Divinity School

“Avoiding anachronistic and misleading attempts to make the Assembly’s work more ‘relevant’ to our times, the author has positioned that work firmly and clearly in its own time, with the paradoxical result that the Assembly’s debates and decisions come to life again and speak powerfully to us today.” — Robert B. Strimple, Westminster Seminary California