I’m Really Excited About This Book

The author has done it again. He has translated quite a few Reformed confessions into English for the first time. We are forever in his debt simply from his editing the Giger translation of Turretin. But now this first volume of a projected three-volume series will certainly become the definitive place to go for the historic Reformed Confessions. As much as anything, it will be a one place stop to know what Reformed theology said in the 16-17th centuries. This is a must have resource for all Reformed pastors.

There are 33 confessions of faith in this first volume, including such noteworthy contributions as Zwingli’s 67 Articles, Farel’s Summary, the First Helvetic Confession, all of Calvin’s Catechisms, the Consensus Tigurinus, and many, many others. They are arranged in chronological order, also a wonderful help to historians. Furthermore, there is a brief introduction with necessary historical and background information on each confession. This treasure-trove will also be a wonderful devotional resource. Therefore, all Christians should purchase these volumes.

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4 Comments

  1. Benji Swinburnson said,

    September 20, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I think the best part about this volume is the translation of several Hungarian and other Eastern European Reformed confessions. Many Reformed people do not know that their faith was not limited to Germany, Switzerland, Britain, and France, but extended all the way into Transylvania, Hungary, and other Eastern European countries. Most of them were snuffed out with the rise of Socinianism and anti-Trinitarianism in the later years of the Reformation. The greatest difficulty with this project has been finding people who can translate 16th century Magyar. There are not many who are capable of accurately translating it, but in God’s providence a few of them have been found!

    I also hope that these volumes (in addition to the Turretin volumes) will go a long way in dispelling the notion that Northwest Theological Seminary (where Dennison teaches) is somehow only interested in Geerhardus Vos and Biblical Theology in some extreme, imbalanced, or even “fanatical” sense. There is certainly a deep appreciation of Vos among all the faculty, but an equal emphasis on both Systematic Theology and Confessional Orthodoxy as well. By the way, some of the confessions have already been published in the seminary’s journal, Kerux.

    But my greatest hope with these volumes is that they will prove to be a valuable and lasting contribution to our churches’ continual work of preserving, defending, and advancing the faith once for all delivered to the saints. In my humble opinion, it is really not since Schaff’s “Creeds of Christendom” that a project like this has been attempted. The difference with this series is that it focuses specifically on Reformation Confessions – an especially great help for us!

    Also, the last I heard, this series may end up being a four-volume set instead of just three. The more the merrier!

  2. greenbaggins said,

    September 20, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Amen, Benji! And thanks so much for the additional information. I hope and pray that these volumes will attain a wide readership. I hope it extends to four volumes. The more, the better!

  3. Barry Waugh said,

    September 22, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I have not seen this book yet, but I imagine it has all the precision and detail of the Turretin and the author’s other works. He has a tremendous eye for jots-and-tittles and an incredible ability to organize facts, history and chronology. I will get a copy of this after I buy-my-way-through my current want list. Thank you to Professor Dennison for the many hours he must have put into this project and the many more he will have to contribute for the succeeding volumes. It is nice that the first volume has hit the bookstores in time for Calvin’s five-hundredth birthday next year. B. B. Warfield would have loved to see a book like this.

  4. Benji Swinburnson said,

    September 23, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I mentioned earlier that some of the confessions are already available in “Kerux.” Just in case anyone is interested, here are the references to those already printed:

    “Trinitarian Confession of the Italian Church of Geneva (1558).” Kerux: The
    Journal of Northwest Theological Seminary 21/1 (May 2006): 3-10.

    “The Bentheim Confession (1613/1617)” Kerux: The Journal of Northwest Theological Seminary 20/2 (September 2005): 3-9.

    It can be read online here: http://www.kerux.com/documents/keruxV20N2A1.htm

    “Rudimenta Pietatis.” Kerux: The Journal of Northwest Theological Seminary 22/3 (December 2007): 35-49.

    However, these will all appear in the later volumes, as they all come after 1552.


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