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Reformed Confessions Harmonized - Joel R. Beeke

Reformed Confessions Harmonized

By: Joel R. Beeke (Editor), Sinclair B. Ferguson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780801052224
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Despite the acknowledged importance of confessional statements throughout church history, the most significant of these documents have never before been published in a single volume. Now Drs. Beeke and Ferguson have harmonized seven important Reformed confessions into a convenient parallel arrangement. The seven confessions were produced by three different strands among the European churches. From the Dutch-German reformers came the Belgic Confession of Faith (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), and the Canons of Dort (1618-19). The Swiss churches contributed the Second Helvetic Confession (1566). And the Scottish-English tradition was set down in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646-47) and the Larger and Shorter Westminster Catechisms (1647). The unique feature of this volume is the editors' arrangement of the various confessions in parallel columns under the traditional subject headings of systematic theology. Readers can compare the formulations on particular points of doctrine, such as the trinity, justification, Christian liberty, and baptism. While elaborating the differences that existed between the various national churches, the comparisons also underscore the fundamental unity regarding the basic tenets of the faith. This confessional harmony is further enhanced by the editors' historical introduction to the subject. They also provide an extensive annotated bibliography of Reformed theological writings that will serve as a useful guide for readers who desire to undertake further study. In all, this is an important resource for students and pastors interested in the historical foundations of the Reformed tradition.

Forewordp. vii
Historical Introduction to the Reformed Confessionsp. ix
Introductionp. 2
Theology: The Doctrine of God
The Being and Attributes of Godp. 6
Revelationp. 8
The Holy Scripturesp. 10
The Apocryphap. 18
The Holy Trinityp. 20
The Godhead of the Sonp. 24
The Godhead of the Holy Spiritp. 26
God's Decrees and Predestinationp. 28
Creationp. 36
Providencep. 40
Anthropology: The Doctrine of Man
The Fall of Man, Original Sin, and Punishmentp. 46
God's Covenant with Manp. 52
Free Will and Inabilityp. 56
Christology: The Doctrine of Christ
Christ the Mediatorp. 62
The Names of Christp. 62
The Natures of Jesus Christp. 66
The Offices of Christp. 68
The States of Christp. 74
God's Just Mercy in Christp. 82
The Promises of the Gospelp. 82
Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation
Common Grace and External Callingp. 88
Effectual Calling and Regenerationp. 90
Saving Faithp. 94
Justificationp. 98
Sanctificationp. 104
Adoptionp. 106
Repentance and Conversionp. 108
Good Worksp. 114
Perseverancep. 118
Assurancep. 126
The Law of Godp. 130
The First Commandmentp. 136
The Second Commandmentp. 140
The Third Commandmentp. 144
The Fourth Commandmentp. 148
The Fifth Commandmentp. 152
The Sixth Commandmentp. 156
The Seventh Commandmentp. 158
The Eighth Commandmentp. 160
The Ninth Commandmentp. 162
The Tenth Commandment and Applicationp. 166
Christian Libertyp. 170
Prayer and Fastingp. 172
The Lord's Prayerp. 176
Ecclesiology: The Doctrine of the Church
The Doctrine of the Churchp. 188
Union with Christ and the Communion of Saintsp. 196
The Government and Office-bearers of the Churchp. 198
The Means of Grace: Word and Sacramentp. 208
Holy Baptismp. 216
The Lord's Supperp. 220
Civil Authoritiesp. 230
Celibacy, Marriage, Divorce, and Family Lifep. 234
Eschatology: The Doctrine of the Last Things
Resurrection from the Deadp. 240
The Last Judgment and Eternityp. 242
Selected Bibliographyp. 247
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ISBN: 9780801052224
ISBN-10: 080105222X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Type: Annotated