The Biblical and Logical Necessity of Uninspired Creeds by Larry Birger, Jr. (A humorous and instructive dialogue between Hans [a paleopresbyterian] and Franz [a neopresbyterian], demonstrating the absolute necessity of uninspired creeds. Hans shows Franz that Franz's rejection of uninspired creeds is itself an uninspired creed.)
Resources 1-4: Westminster Confession of Faith (and Directories) Resources 4-13: History Surrounding the Westminster Standards Resources 14-19: Commentaries on the Westminster Confession of Faith Resources 20-26: Commentaries on the Westminster Shorter Catechism Resource 27: Commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism Resources 28-39: Books Related to the Westminster Assembly and Standards Resources 40-41: Harmonies of Various Reformed Standards
"The product of Puritan conflict," stated Shedd, reaching "a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved."
"All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly’s Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church," writes Hetherington in The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (p. 345). This book is at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/h.htm and in free MP3 format beginning at History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines 1/13.
"These are worth an hundred victories on the battle field. We do not fear to say of them that they are the finest transfusion into uninspired language of the sublime, awful, blessed truths of the Word of God which the Church has as yet been honored to make... Never can the Covenanters be robbed of the immortal honor of having, while at the summit of their power, published this great principle to the world" noted J.A. Wylie, in praise of the Westminster Standards (cited in Johnston’s Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 101, at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/S.htm).
"As truly as in the cases of the Nicene and Chalcedonian formularies, the Westminster Standards mark an epoch in the history of human reflection on the truths of the gospel—an epoch in the attainment and registry of doctrinal truth; and as truly in the one case as in the other the statements they give of the truths that fall in their sphere are scientifically final. All attempts at restatement must either repeat their definitions or fall away from the purity of their conceptions or the justness of their language." (Benjamin B. Warfield, "The Significance of the Westminster Standards as a Creed," (1897), cited from: http://covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm).
Concerning the Westminster Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell, in his Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards (at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/M.htm), notes: "...it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms" (p. 431).
Richard Baxter said of Westminster Shorter Catechism, "It is the best Catechism I ever saw -- a most excellent sum of the Christian faith and doctrine, and a fit test to try the orthodoxy of its teachers."
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church.The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true Reformed faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the Westminster family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the covenanted reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, school, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles -- and all the King's dominions (including Canada, the United States, Australia, etc.). The Westminster standards were produced in fulfilment of the Solemn League and Covenant, an international covenant with God and some of the most powerful nations on earth at the time of its publication. This covenant and these standards were produced to provide the blueprint for all levels of society to come into obedience to the Word of God in its fullness." (Reg Barrow, President of Still Waters Revival Books, cited from at http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/westminster-confession.htm).
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