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Watson was a 17th Century non-conformist Puritan preacher and author. He was probably born in Yorkshire, although the exact place and date of his birth are unknown. He studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA, 1639; MA, 1642), where he was apparently a diligent student. Certainly his intellect is apparent in his writings, which show a profound grasp of the English language, as well as a solid understanding of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. He quotes from the early church fathers, and his familiarity with the breadth of the scriptural canon is stunning. Cross-references from the entire biblical corpus are sprinkled throughout his sermons, revealing a deep understanding of many texts obscure to most modern day Bible students. A solid understanding of history, botany, medicine, physics, the classics, logic, and various trades are revealed in his sermons.
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Product Details

  • Series: Body of Practical Divinity
  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth; New edition edition (October 1, 1957)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851513832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851513836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Setliff on April 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
~The Body of Practical Divinity~ is a great classic systematic theology of Reformed Protestantism. The author Thomas Watson was a Puritan divine and offers an erudite systematic theology for the Christian believer from a Reformed-Puritan perspective. The crux of the volume is soteriology (which is the doctrine of salvation according to Jesus Christ.) Not surprisingly, he makes it clear that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone. Watson is rigorously Scriptural in his exegesis, and he enunciates the textual meaning and gives substantive amplification to the Word of God. He explains the Doctrines of God, Divine Sovereignty, Salvation, Sin, and the Trinity with remarkable clarity. His thinking is sound and Scriptural. Puritan theology sets the diadem of our salvation on Christ, and Christ alone, and it is solely on the basis of his meritous work that we are saved. The body of the text is not at all archaic, as it has a fluid feel and is easy to read. The great Prince of Preachers, C.H. Spurgeon, opined of Watson's book, as being "one of the most precious of the peerless works of the Puritans." Soli Deo Gloria!
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Thomas Watson is one of the great puritan writers, and this is one of his finest books. It is Watson's exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. With skill of a theologian and a heart of a pastor, Watson unfolds for the reader the great doctrines of the Bible. This book is a resource that you will never exhaust for its insights and helps. Great tool for someone working with new believers, introducing others to doctrine. Don't miss his other classic works, The Ten Commandments and The Lord's prayer. You will not be disappointed. All these make great gifts and something your pastor will prize if he doesn't already have them. Enjoy!
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I have found this book to be .... amazing. I've been reading a little bit out of it every night before bed. I can't tell you how many times that I've sat straight up in bed to re-read a paragraph that illuminated a previously tough piece of doctrine with such clarity and simplicity that my heart rejoiced with pleasure and my mind with understanding. I highly recommend it!

"Thomas Watson's Body of Practical Divinity is one of the most precious of the peerless works of the Puritans; and those best acquainted with it prize it most."~Charles Spurgeon
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The commanding Puritan Thomas Watson in "A Body of Divinity" delivers a powerful classic in his exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. He takes the WSC as an outline of the essential doctrines of Christianity. In this potent volume, Watson discusses with fine precision:

* A Preliminary Discourse To Catechising
* Man's Chief End
* The Scriptures
* The Being of God
* The Knowledge of God
* The Holiness of God
* The Mercy of God
* The Trinity
* The Providence of God
* Original Sin
* The Covenant of Grace
* Christ's Humiliation In His Incarnation
* Christ the Redeemer
* Justification
* Sanctification
* Peace
* A Believer's Privilege At Death.

Col 1: 23 "If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled."

Watson instructs: "Intending next Lord's day to enter upon the work of catechizing, it will not be amiss to give you a preliminary discourse, to show you how needful it is for Christians to be well instructed in the grounds of religion. 'If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled."

Watson adds: " It is the duty of Christians to be settled in the doctrine of faith. It is the apostle's prayer, I Pet 5: 10, 'The God of all grace stablish, strengthen, settle you.' That is, that they might not be meteors in the air, but fixed stars. The apostle Jude speaks of 'wandering stars, in verse 13. They are called wandering stars, because, as Aristotle says, 'They do leap up and down, and wander into several parts of the heaven; and being but dry exhalations, not made of that pure celestial matter as the fixed stars are, they often fall to the earth.
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You will not be dissapointed to invest a little bit of money and getting such an excellent Systematic Theology book. This book is also pratical and full of illustrations. Most assuredly not boring. Packed with good nuggets of Bible data and truths.
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By genev on August 20, 2013
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Quotes from this entry include:

"The great truth is asserted, that the end of every man's living should be to glorify God. Glorifying God has respect to all the persons in the Trinity; it respects God the Father who gave us life; God the Son, who lost his life for us; and God the Holy Ghost, who produces a new life in us; we must bring glory to the whole Trinity....There is a twofold glory: [1] The glory that God has in himself, his intrinsic glory....[2] The glory which is ascribed to God, or which his creatures labor to bring to him."

"The Word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him....the Scriptures are the very word of God....The Papists cannot deny that the Scripture is divine and sacred; but they affirm quoad nos, with respect to us, it receives its divine authority from the church...The Council of Trent says, that the traditions of the church of Rome are to be received pari pietatis affectu, with the same devotion that Scripture is to be received; so bringing themselves under the curse. Rev 22:18."

"God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth....The world is full of practical atheism; most people live as if they did not believe there was a God."

"Thoughts speak as loud in God's ears as words do in ours. All our actions, though never so subtly contrived, and secretly conveyed, are visible to the eye of Omniscience. Isa 66:18....Viewing ourselves as under the eye of God's omniscience, would cause reverence in the worship of God. God sees the frame and carriage of our hearts when we come before him.
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