The Confession of Faith stands as one of the three major doctrinal standards produced by the Westminster Assembly. It has become one of the most recognizable and influential confessions of the Reformed tradition. In his introduction, John Bower provides extensive historical background for the making of the confession. The heart of the volume is Bower s critical text of the confession. Painstakingly checked and indexed, the critical text is supported by a four-column comparison of the authoritative manuscript and printings. It also contains a glossary, a bibliography, a catalog of proof texts, and an appendix covering the Assembly s discussion on the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England. Bower s text is sure to be the benchmark for future study, modern editions, and foreign translations for years to come. Series description Principal Documents of the Westminster Assembly. This series presents the six chief works authored by the Westminster Assembly for establishing covenanted uniformity of religion in England: the Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, the Shorter Catechism, the Directory for Public Worship, the Directory for Church Government, and the Psalter. Each volume will contain a historical introduction, the critical text, and parallel columns comparing original manuscripts and authoritative edition
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John R. Bower, M.D., Th.M., is adjunct professor of church history at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh and associate professor of pediatrics at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. His special interest is the history and bibliography of the Westminster Assembly and its members. Dr. Bower is co-editor of the Westminster Assembly Project s series of Assembly-related works and documents.
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