The Reformation of the Church: Reformed and Puritan Documents edited by Iain H. Murray

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Weight150 g
Isbn9781800400160
Isbn139781800400160
PublisherBanner of Truth Trust
AuthorsMurray, Iain
Edition2nd ed.
Date2021
BindingHardcover
Languageen
Pages416
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The nature and life of the church is one of the most crucial issues facing Christians in the closing years of the twentieth century. Questions of ministry and liturgy, authority and freedom, appear in a wide variety of guises throughout the world-wide church. Relativism and uncertainty seem to be as common in the church as in the world. Many Christians wonder whether there is any way forward.

In this context, The Reformation of the Church is an invaluable aid. An anthology of documents, drawn largely but not exclusively from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it presents in a readily accessible form the finest thinking of the reformed fathers on authority and freedom, the need for reformation, the nature of the government, unity and membership of the church of Jesus Christ.

Warmly welcomed when first published in 1965, and widely use since then, these documents provide invaluable material for ministers, elders, leaders, students and all Christians who are concerned to see Christ’s church fulfill her God-given role at a critical juncture in her history.

 

INTRODUCTION7
 SECTION I 
 THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH15
 SECTION II 
 THE RULE FOR REFORMATION — THE WORD OF GOD 
1.Liberation from Human Authority30
 Martin Luther 
 2.The Reformers and the Regulative Principle38
 William Cunningham 
 3.The Regulative Principle and Things Indifferent55
 John Hooper 
4.The Abolition of Vestments63
 John a Lasco 
 5.Scripture and the Ordering of Worship75
 SECTION III 
 THE NEED OF REFORMATION 
 1.The Necessity for Reformation: The Admonition to Parliament 157285
 Thomas Wilcox 
 2.Concerning a National Church99
 William Ames 
3.The Relation of Church and State107
 Charles Hodge 
 4.Episcopacy: The Petition for the Prelates Examined127
 5.The Grounds of Nonconformity151
 Edmund Calamy 
 SECTION IV 
 NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH GOVERNMENT 
 1.The Book of Discipline 1587178
 2.A True Description of the Visible Church 1589196
 Henry Barrow 
 3.The Form of Presbyterial Church Government 1645207
 Westminster Divines 
 4.The Cambridge Platform 1648234
 5.The Savoy Platform 1658276
 6.The Difference between Independency and Presbytery285
 Jeremiah Burroughs 
 7.A Presbyterian View of the Difference with Independency294
 8.The Heads of Agreement 1691301
 SECTION V 
 THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH 
 1.The Way to Peace314
 Walter Cradock 
 2.What We Are to Bear with in Others326
 Jeremiah Burroughs 
 3.Union among Protestants345
 John Owen 
 4.The Scandal of Division among the Godly358
 James Durham 
 APPENDICES 
 1.The Church Membership of Children383
 Thomas Shepard 
 2.Episcopalian Writers on Church Government410

 

 

 

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