Dr Clark’s Books

Recovering the Reformed Confession: Our Theology, Piety, and Practice (Philipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2008). Much of what passes as Reformed among our churches is not. As a class of churches that profess allegiance to Reformed theology, practice, and piety, we have drifted from our moorings. This book is written to facilitate change, specifically reformation according to God’s Word as summarized in the Reformed confessions. Free download: table of contents and the first chapter.

 

Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey (Escondido: Westminster Seminary California, 2010), edited by R. Scott Clark and Joel E. Kim, is a collection of essays in honor of the sixty-fifth birthday of our president, professor of Church History, and friend, W. Robert Godfrey. The contributors (including R. C. Sproul, Michael Horton, Sinclair Ferguson, Richard Muller, and D. G. Hart) to and editors of this volume wanted to communicate their admiration for Dr. Robert Godfrey and his work by trying to elaborate on some themes, questions, or areas of study that he has pursued in his career. Also available from iTunes for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Free download: Table of Contents, Preface, and Chapter 11 (Kim Riddlebarger on the Lord’s Supper).

 

Caspar Olevian and the Substance of the Covenant. Olevianus was one of the more significant figures in the early history of Reformed theology. A student of Calvin and a colleague of Zacharias Ursinus, he contributed to the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) and explained the Reformed understanding of redemptive history and systematic theology through the biblical doctrine of the covenants of redemption, works, and grace. This study places Oleviaus’ thought in historical context, and, by so doing, puts to rest a number of misconstructions of the development of Reformed theology.

 

Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry: Essays by the Faculty of Westminster Seminary California ed. R. Scott Clark (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2007). The doctrines of justification and covenant are two of the most basic and yet most misunderstood doctrines in the contemporary Reformed world. This volume addresses both carefully, biblically, theologically, and practically. Few books address both covenant theology and justification, and relate these two doctrines to our confessions and virtually no treatments address it from the point of view of the theological departments: Exegetical theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, and Practical Theology.

 

Baptism, Election, and the Covenant of Grace (Grand Rapids: Reformed Fellowship, 2007). On its face, the Reformed understanding of our Lord’s command to make disciples and to baptize them and their children seems clear enough. Judging, however, by modern discussion in the confessional Reformed and Presbyterian churches, things are more complicated than one might expect. This pamphlet examines this question, discussing the relations between God’s covenant promises, baptism, and the problem of apostasy.

 

Carl R. Trueman and R. Scott Clark, eds. Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment (Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 1999). Traditionally Protestant theology, between Luther’s early reforming career and the dawn of the Enlightenment, has been seen in terms of decline and fall into the wastelands of rationalism and scholastic speculation. Editors Truman and Clark challenge this perception in this transatlantic collection of eighteen essays covering: Luther and Calvin; Early Reformed Orthodoxy; The British Connection; From High Orthodoxy to Enlightenment; and The Rise of Lutheran Orthodoxy. This volume includes contributions from Richard Muller, David Steinmetz, Carl Trueman, W.Robert Godfrey, Lyle Bierma, John Platt, David Bagchi, Paul Schaefer, Joel Beeke, and others.

 

William Ames, A Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism. Classic Reformed Theology. Todd Rester, trans. (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2008). Ames exposits a particular text of Scripture that supports the main thoughts for a given Lord’s Day in the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). Ames’ doctrinal conclusions interact with the corresponding Questions and Answers of the Heidelberg Catechism. Historians of 16th and 17th century thought will value the critical English translation of a much neglected text, and the fact that it demonstrates the interaction between English Puritanism and the Dutch Further Reformation.

 

An Exposition of the Apostles’ Creed, trans. Lyle Bierma, Classic Reformed Theology Vol. 2 (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2010). Introduction by R. Scott Clark. Caspar Olevianus is most well known today for his role as one of the authors of the Heidelberg Catechism. He was also an able biblical commentator, passionate preacher, and influential churchman. His place in history is noted as a key transitional theologian, helping to bridge the gap between the first generation of the Reformation and the era of Reformed Orthodoxy. Olevianus’ Exposition of the Apostles’ Creed is a collection of sermons he preached on the basic articles of the Christian faith. It serves as a reminder that the Reformed tradition did not see itself as separate from the universal church, though it was principally opposed to Rome. Rather, Olevianus and his tradition argue for a Reformed catholicity rooted in the ancient confession of the church.

 

Cocceius-summa-de-foedereIn the history of Reformed theology, few volumes have been as important as Johannes Cocceius’ Doctrine of The Covenant and Testament of God (3rd edition, 1660). It appears in English for the first time as volume 3 in the Classic Reformed Theology series graciously published by Reformation Heritage Books. Cocceius (1603–69) was a skilled biblical scholar, philologist, and Reformed theologian. Born in German-speaking Bremen, he became most famous for his work in the theology faculty of the University Leiden, about 245 miles to the southwest of Bremen. As you will see in the introduction written by Willem van Asselt (1946–2014), young Johannes studied in Bremen and in Franeker, Friesland. He taught in Bremen for several years and then returned to teach in Franeker until he was called to the great University of Leiden in 1650. He published volumes on biblical philology, biblical commentary, and systematic theology as well as his most famous work, Summa de foedere. Credit must go to Dr Casey Carmichael (ThD, University of Geneva) for his skill in getting this text into English. This volume also features an introduction written by Willem van Asselt (1946–2014), who, until his death, was the world’s leading expert on Cocceius.