Dr. 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. It is the perfect way in for beginners and will be highly prized by teachers and students of both theology and church history.
For those who revere the work of the Westminster Assembly, Prof. Lethams comprehensive study is a blessed gift. Making judicious use of primary sources recently made available, and avoiding anachronistic and misleading attempts to make the Assemblys 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 Assemblys debates and decisions come to life again and speak powerfully to us today. When you next study or teach the theology of the Westminster Assembly, this will be the first book you will turn to.
Typical of Bob Letham's writings, The Theology of the Westminster Assembly [italicize title] is comprehensive in its grasp, concise in its presentation, clear in its theology, and colorful in its composition. This book is a tour de force [italicize] for presenting the historical-theological context of the assembly, together with its theology, in bite-size pieces. Letham has accomplished the feat of providing a basic handbook on the assembly that is historically accurate and contemporaneously helpful; it 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.