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A Body Of Divinity

Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism by Thomas Watson

Author

Thomas Watson

Category
5 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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Weight 0.38 kg
Dimensions 21.5 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm
format

Book

topic

General Theology, Catechisms/Confessions, God

Original Pub Date

1692

binding

Paperback, Cloth-bound

page-count

316

Banner Pub Date

Oct 1, 1958

Paperback ISBN

9780851513836

Cloth bound ISBN

9780851511443

Book Description

One of the first books published by the Trust, this has been one of the best sellers and consistently the most useful and influential of our publications. There are several reasons for this:

  1. The subject of the book. It deals with the foremost doctrinal and experimental truths of the Christian Faith.
  2.  The means of instruction used. It is based on the Westminster Assembly’s Shorter Catechism, in which the main principles of Christianity that lie scattered in the Scriptures are brought together and set forth in the form of question and answer. This Catechism is unsurpassed for its ‘terse exactitude of definition’ and ‘logical elaboration’ of the fundamentals.
  3. The style of the author. Watson conveys his thorough doctrinal and experimental knowledge of the truth in such an original, concise, pithy, pungent, racy, rich and illustrative style that he is rightly regarded as the most readable of the Puritans.

 

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    Page
  MEMOIR vii
  PRELIMINARY DISCOURSE 1
1 INTRODUCTION  
  1. Man’s Chief End 6
  2. The Scriptures 26
2 GOD AND HIS CREATION  
  1. The Being Of God 39
  2. The Knowledge Of God 55
  3. The Eternity Of God 60
  4. The Unchangeableness Of God 66
  5. The Wisdom Of God 71
  6. The Power Of God 77
  7. The Holiness Of God 82
  8. The Justice Of God 87
  9. The Mercy Of God 93
  10. The Truth Of God 99
  11. The Unity Of God 103
  12. The Trinity 108
  13. The Creation 113
  14. The Providence Of God 119
3 THE FALL  
  1. The Covenant Of Works 128
  2. Sin 132
  3. Adam’s Sin 137
  4. Original Sin 142
  5. Man’s Misery By The Fall 148
4 THE COVENANT OF GRACE AND ITS MEDIATOR  
  1. The Covenant Of Grace 154
  2. Christ The Mediator Of The Covenant 161
  3. Christ’s Prophetic Office 166
  4. Christ’s Priestly Office 172
  5. Christ’s Kingly Office 186
  6. Christ’s Humiliation In His Incarnation 192
  7. Christ’s Exaltation 203
  8. Christ The Redeemer 209
5 THE APPLICATION OF REDEMPTION  
  1. Faith 215
  2. Effectual Calling 220
  3. Justification 226
  4. Adoption 231
  5. Sanctification 240
  6. Assurance 250
  7. Peace 261
  8. Joy 267
  9. Growth In Grace 273
  10. Perseverance 279
6 DEATH AND THE LAST DAY  
  1. The Death Of The Righteous 290
  2. A Believer’s Privilege At Death 295
  3. The Resurrection 305


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  1. 5 out of 5

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    I have known of Watson’s “A Body of Divinity” for years, but I did not begin to read it until last year. I have it on my Kindle, thus making it easy for my octogenarian eyes to read, but it is important to own the book as well.

    The book is an absolutely gem. To begin with, every Christian ought to know, if they do not now, that the Westminster Shorter Catechism is a marvelous summary of Christian doctrine. Knowing the Catechism gives the reader a solid foundation of Biblical, Reformed theology. But Watson has written, in a style easily understandable to those without formal theological training, to mine the gold that is contained in the Catechism. By that I mean that Watson’s book is highly experiential, a treasure of Reformed spirituality. I have worked my way through it by reading a portion each day for my devotional time It has been a tremendous blessing and encouragement to me. I highly commend it I would even compare its usefulness with Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    This is one of the first theological books I ever read as a boy – together with his volume on The Ten Commandments – so it always held a special place in my affections. I had read it twice in my youth and had dipped back in over the years, but recently got a new copy. Returning to this over the past weeks has been such a joy. Thomas Watson’s style is so easy to read – warm, practical and profound. Each day I have been including a few pages in my morning devotions and I’m urging friends to buy it and do the same! He gets to the real treasure of each doctrine and then explains why it matters so much. Glory to Jesus! Rev Dr Paul Blackham

  3. 5 out of 5

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    I have the joy of owning a Banner first edition of A Body of Divinity and have not subjected it to the numerous underlinings that characterise other engaging books that I have read. Watson has an almost Shakespearean precision of phrasing and a stunning array of incredibly appropriate illustrations. At least two things happen when you read him: you are intellectually sharpened and you are spiritually refreshed. Oh, and a third, you wish that some of his illustrations could still make sense to today’s congregation! A wonderful, wonderful book.

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