by Robert Shaw
Originally published in the 19th century, "The Reformed Faith" remains an essential resource for students and scholars of theology, Christian history, and the Reformed tradition. Robert Shaw's comprehensive exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith offers a clear and concise exploration of the core tenets of Reformed theology, providing readers with valuable insights and a deeper understanding of this foundational text.
In the pages of "The Reformed Faith," readers will find a rich exploration of topics that continue to resonate with contemporary Christian thought, from the nature of the Holy Scripture and the doctrine of the Holy Trinity to the principles of Christian worship and the Last Judgment. Shaw's expert analysis and exposition of these subjects provide both clarity and depth, making this work an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to delve into the heart of the Reformed faith.
In my personal journey exploring the depths of the Westminster Confession of Faith, I had the privilege of leading a men's group dedicated to studying this foundational text. Over the course of two years, our group found Robert Shaw's "The Reformed Faith" to be an indispensable aid, providing us with a deeper understanding of the Confession's rich theological content. Shaw's exposition not only illuminated the historical and doctrinal context of the WCF but also fostered thought-provoking discussions that resonated with us on both intellectual and spiritual levels. The clarity and depth of Shaw's analysis, combined with his unwavering commitment to the Reformed tradition, make this book an outstanding resource for anyone seeking to delve into the heart of the Westminster Confession of Faith.
We would like to address the language and readability of "The Reformed Faith" for modern readers. While the text is written in a somewhat archaic style, which might pose minor challenges for those not accustomed to older English prose, we believe that the content remains quite comprehensible and accessible with careful and attentive reading. The meaning of the sentences can be discerned, and readers who are interested in the subject matter and willing to engage with the text should find it quite manageable, even though it may require more effort than a contemporary work on the same topic. Given the readability of the original text and its historical significance, we have opted not to make any modernization to this work, preserving the authenticity of Robert Shaw's exposition for future generations to appreciate and study.
We are honored to bring you this re-publication of "The Reformed Faith: An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith" and hope that it will inspire reflection, understanding, and a renewed appreciation for the profound insights and timeless truths contained within its pages.
On behalf of the entire team at Monergism Books, we thank you for your support and invite you to join us in rediscovering the lasting wisdom of Robert Shaw's "The Reformed Faith."
Your Fellow Servant in Christ,
Director, Monergism Books
Table of Contents
Act Approving The Confession Of Faith
Confession Of Faith
Chapter I. Of The Holy Scripture
Chapter II. Of God and of the Holy Trinity
Chapter III. Of God’s Eternal Decree
Chapter IV. Of Creation
Chapter V. Of Providence
Chapter VI. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof
Chapter VII. Of God’s Covenant with Man
Chapter VIII. Of Christ the Mediator
Chapter IX. Of Free Will
Chapter X. Of Effectual Calling
Chapter XI. Of Justification
Chapter XII. Of Adoption
Chapter XIII. Of Sanctification
Chapter XIV. Of Saving Faith
Chapter XV. Of Repentance unto Life
Chapter XVI. Of Good Works
Chapter XVII. Of the Perseverance of the Saints
Chapter XVIII. Of Assurance of Grace and Salvation
Chapter XIX. Of the Law of God
Chapter XX. Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience
Chapter XXI. Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath-Day
Chapter XXII. Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
Chapter XXIII. Of the Civil Magistrate
Chapter XXIV. Of Marriage and Divorce
Chapter XXV. Of the Church
Chapter XXVI. Of Communion of Saints
Chapter XXVII. Of the Sacraments
Chapter XXVIII. Of Baptism
Chapter XXIX. Of the Lord’s Supper
Chapter XXX. Of Church Censures
Chapter XXXI. Of Synods and Councils
Chapter XXXII. Of the State of Men after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead
Chapter XXXIII. Of the Last Judgment