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Truths We Confess, Three-Volume Set Hardcover – November 26, 2007
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About the Author
R.C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He has written more than sixty books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone, Chosen by God, What Is Reformed Theology?, The Glory of Christ, The Mystery of the Holy Spirit, and Getting the Gospel Right. He is also general editor of the Reformation Study Bible, which has been published with the New King James Version and the English Standard Version. Dr. Sproul was professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale until 2004 and, before that, taught at Reformed Theological Seminary. He serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel, Sanford, Florida, and teaches on the national daily radio program Renewing Your Mind.
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It is certainly one of the major Christian creeds, although non-Calvinists of course may find plenty of problematic areas. Obvious areas of contention include the related doctrines of election, predestination and free will. Those of a non-Reformed persuasion will demur both with the Confession itself and Sproul's exposition of it.
But the Confession is still one of the most important creeds of the Christian church. Indeed, Sproul argues that the Westminster Standards are "the most precise and accurate summaries of the content of biblical Christianity ever set forth in creedal form".
While he has very high praise for many of the other great creeds, such as the Belgic Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism, he still regards the Westminster creed as superlative: "in my judgment, no historic confession surpasses [it] in eloquence, grandeur, and theological accuracy".
Reformed theologian R.C. Sproul here offers in three volumes a detailed and systematic exposition of the 33 sections of the Confession. It is written for the layman, so no footnotes or bibliographies clutter the pages. While it may be an easy-to-read, popular treatment of the Confession, it is no lightweight affair.
This is serious theology illuminated by a serious theologian. Sproul is well placed to tackle this assignment, and it is a fantastic read. He thoroughly covers all the 33 sections, and brings to life the Confession, showing its relevance for 21st century believers. Indeed, Sproul not only dissects in some detail the theological and ecclesiastical concerns of the Confession, but he offers plenty of contextualisation and up-to-date illustrations and application of these ancient truths.
Volume One deals with the first eight sections of the Confession, tackling such major topics as Scripture, God, creation, fall and covenant. Volume Two covers the next 14 sections, with the person and work of Christ, the nature of redemption, and the means of salvation carefully examined. Volume Three takes on the final 11 sections of the Confession. In it, matters of civil society, family, ecclesiology, and eschatology are carefully explored.
Also included as appendices in Volume Three are the Larger and Shorter Westminster Catechisms. Taken together, we have an excellent presentation here of Christian doctrine in general, and Reformed theology in particular.
In short, the 900 pages make for an easy-to-read, yet quite profound, systematic theology. All of the bases of the Christian faith are covered here, and this work comes close to comparing with some of the great systematic theologies now available.
R.C. Sproul, author of over 60 books, has been one of our finest Christian thinkers, and a top defender of the Reformed worldview. These three volumes are a very welcome addition to his ever-expanding corpus. They deserve wide and careful reading.
For those unfamiliar, the Westminster Confession is an in your face, no holds barred, biblically based assault on sissy-nice interpretation and politically correct church direction. Sproul builds a modern reflection of the Confession and brings the magnificence of the original to life.
You will either thoroughly enjoy this book ... or you will just say "NO" ... based on your churched preconceptions. There will be no middle ground among readers. Sproul's answer to the question of "For whom was the Bible written?" may do the trick.
This is a seriously important primer on reformed theology brought to modern seekers through Sproul's genius.
At the conclusion, Sproul offers the 'catechism' of Q&A's in both short and long examination form. We have nothing like it that survives as a benchmark of understanding for pew sitters today. I think it would be a Christian desired `baseline'.
The material will inform, mature and assist one in doctrinal
and historical concepts of the Westminister Confession of Faith. They are well worth the purchase. Thank you Amazon for offering them!! Thank you Dr. Sproul for helping the Kingdom in varied ways!