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Westminster Systematics: Comments and Notes on the Westminster Confession

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God tells stories a particular way. You see a dragon, and look for St. George. You see tyranny, and look for . . . Calvinists. The Westminster Confession of Faith comes from the turbulent period of the English Civil Wars, and its architects lived through events that raised armies, overturned governments, and beheaded a king. In this introduction to systematic theology, Dou ...more
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Published September 2nd 2014 by Canon Press
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Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Great resource on the Westminster Confession. A good discussion on each paragraph of the work. Seeing the differences between the British and American versions was helpful. This is a great resource for the Reformed confession.
Great introductory text on the confession. With added reading to go further up and further in. I was raised on this material as it came out on Wilson's blog during my formative years as a Christian.

It's not thorough. But a wonderful gateway into reformed systematics.
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I read this and that we'll have it available to us whenever we need it. ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty good. I wasn't looking forward to reading this, just because the Westminster itself is pretty dry (though interesting in its own way) and this is just a commentary. BUT Douglas Wilson is a decent writer and so when he illustrates his understanding of the confession it's often very helpful and helpful in more lower-case-c catholic ways (i.e. as a response to over-intellectualized presbyterianism) and when he disagrees, there is usually a great deal of force to his objections. I'd disagree ...more
Brent Pinkall
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great succinct commentary on the Westminster Confession. As always, Wilson's prose is clear and colorful. ...more
Jacob Van Sickle
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listened to Doug's comments and notes on the New Saint Andrews Podcast Good stuff. ...more
James Nickel
Sep 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wilson demonstrates his blind commitment to the rationalistic systematization of the WCF.
Joseph Schoolland
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Very helpful. I enjoyed going through it.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Doug makes some unique observations on the WCF, not his best writing as it felt a bit rushed and failed to take the time to explain his reasoning in a few places
Rick Davis
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Sadly, I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. I didn't disagree with anything Wilson said in particular; it's just that I was looking for more. The book has large font, wide margins, and a number of blank pages. There were some places where Wilson discusses the confession that I found helpful and good; however, in many parts he simply interjects a short "in other words" paraphrase of the section of the Confession in question.

Though I haven't read it cover to cover, G.I. Williamson's study guide
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent overview of the WCF. It's a straightforward, no nonsense teaching tool. Highly recommended for those committed to the Protestant Reformed tradition or simply interested in the confessional "logic" of English Puritanism & Scottish Presbyterianism. This is a great guide---actually, the most useful guide---I have found to the WCF. (Make sure to also check out DW's guide to Calvin's Institutes. It's fantastic too.) ...more
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Most of Pastor Wilson's commentary on the Confession is simply rewording and rephrasing for clarification. I appreciated the sections where he showed how to charitably disagree with the confession. There would need to be a lot more details about the context, history, debates of the assembly, and historical use for me to feel that this is truly a systematic approach to the confession. The questions for discussion from other Reformed systematic works were helpful. ...more
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very good introduction to the Confession. Wilson has his usualy wit and style when writing, but I am glad to say that there is nothing new here that would get anyone in a tizzy. Wilson even offers suggested reading for more study along with study questions. This is a good guide.
Jim Becker
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The second time through. Excellent
Noah Nevils
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A quick and clean commentary on the Westminster Confession. Reading it along
with the Confession for Reformed Systematics with Peter Escalante.
James Aaron Kirkpatrick
Excellent resource.
Joshua Nuckols
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This really is my first introduction to the WCF. I was impressed by the confession, and the comments and notes were very helpful.
Kevin Davis
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.
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May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pastor Douglas Wilson's comments & notes on the Westminster Confession are replete with value. He does so with brevity, good-humor, and precision. This was the primary textbook for my Reformed Systematics course (through New Saint Andrews College), and it was a perfect way to walk through the Westminster Confession step by step, point by point.

Wilson makes it clear where he thinks the Westminster divines put too many eggs in the batter, and makes helpful suggestions for how future theologians m
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