Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thy Word is Still Truth

Wow.  Really.  I wish I knew of a word that could capture and express what this book seeks to, and certainly will, accomplish.  Thy Word is Still Truth...that may express it perfectly.

The introduction to the book explains it perfectly, so I will quote from it extensively.

In recent years, this understanding of God’s Word has been repeatedly challenged—not simply by those in the liberal Protestant tradition, but also by those in the broad evangelical perspective. In fact, in the past few years, Westminster addressed related issues in its own theological crisis, which was motivated by differing hermeneutical perspectives and broader understandings of confessional boundaries. Resolving the conflict required an extensive and often painful process of theological clarification, historical reappraisal, and financial risks, because the debate impacted friends of the seminary who took varying perspectives on the issues involved.
Having resolved this conflict and having begun to articulate once again a clear and historic witness to this core value, Westminster now gives to the world a theological testimony of the integrity of our views that we believe are grounded in the long and august Reformed tradition on the doctrine of Scripture.

In this context, Thy Word Is Still Truth offers a selection of texts on the doctrine of Scripture. The purpose of this book is to demonstrate that the conclusions reached in this controversy, whose focal point was at Westminster, are nothing less than the continuing flowering of the reformational views of Luther, Calvin, Bullinger, and the Reformed confessions on the doctrine of Scripture. Building on this foundation, the ongoing reflection and contributions of theologians from various traditions and confessions of the Reformed faith, we believe, led us ultimately to the Westminster Confession of Faith’s conclusion as confirmed by this debate at Westminster Seminary.The union of the many voices included in this volume that come together to support this conclusion is what makes the argument compelling. The selections included build a sweeping and elegant case for the conclusion that Westminster Seminary reached in this controversy.
The climax of the debate was reached in a document entitled “Affirmations and Denials Regarding Recent Issues,” which is one of the final pieces in this theological anthology.

This book contains all the major catechisms and confessions of the reformed faith and articles on Scripture from everyone...well, maybe not everyone, but pretty close to it.  Contributors include:

Oswald T. Allis, William Ames, Herman Bavinck, Louis Berkhof, Henry Bullinger, John Calvin, Edmund P. Clowney, William Cunningham, Raymond B. Dillard, Jonathan Edwards, Sinclair B. Ferguson, John M. Frame, Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Louis Gaussen, Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg, Archibald Alexander Hodge, Charles Hodge, John Knox, Peter A. Lillback, Martin Luther, J. Gresham Machen, Adolphe Monod, John Murray, John Owen, Vern S. Poythress, Moisés Silva, Charles H. Spurgeon, Ned B. Stonehouse, Francis Turretin, Zacharias Ursinus, Cornelius Van Til, Geerhardus Vos, Bruce K. Waltke, Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Robert Dick Wilson, John Witherspoon, Edward J. Young, and Ulrich Zwingli.

I am tempted to just say everyone!  This is a wonderful book that should find its way into the home of every Christian.  At the very least, it should have an empty spot on every pastor's bookshelf.  The spot should be empty because it should probably just hang out on the pastor's desk to be referenced and enjoyed on a regular basis.  

WTS bookstore has this book available at a good price.  Get yourself one, bless your pastor with one.  In fact, there is a limited number of donor books available.  Bless your pastor with a beautiful copy of the book and bless the Church by supporting Westminster Theological Seminary. 

I received a review copy of the first three chapters of this book in order to provide an honest review.  I look forward to purchasing my own copy to finish and enjoy.