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The Faith Once Delivered: Essays in Honor of Dr. Wayne R. Spear (Selvaggio, ed.)

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“This volume is a celebration of Reformed systematic theology,” writes Anthony Selvaggio, the volume editor. It is the inaugural volume in the series The Westminster Assembly and the Reformed Faith, which examines the history, theology, and legacy of the Westminster Assembly.

“In this book the reader will be exposed to the theological topics at the core of Westminster’s theology,” Selvaggio explains, “topics such as justification, adoption, the kingship of Christ, the doctrine of Scripture, the Lord’s Day, covenant theology, the atonement, and Christian liberty.”

He adds, “This volume is also a celebration of the teaching career of Dr. Wayne R. Spear, who taught systematic theology at the REformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for over thirty years . . . it is fitting to honor him with a collection of essays that touch on some of the great themes and theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith.”


Table of Contents:

  1. The Vitality of Reformed Systematic Theology - Richard B. Gaffin Jr.
  2. A Tract for the Times: James Buchanan’s The Doctrine of Justification in Historical and Theological Context - Carl R. Trueman
  3. Transforming Power and Comfort: The Puritans on Adoption - Joel R. Beeke
  4. The Benefits of Christ: Double Justification in Protestant Theology before the Westminster Assembly - R. Scott Clark
  5. From Popery to Principle: Covenanters and the Kingship of Christ - David McKay
  6. Good and Necessary Consequence in the Westminster Confession - C. J. Williams
  7. The Lord’s Day and the Westminster Confession - Rowland S. Ward
  8. Unity or Disunity? Covenant Theology from Calvin to Westminster - Anthony T. Selvaggio
  9. The Doctrine of the Atonement from the Westminster Assembly to the Twentieth Century - Richard C. Gamble
  10. The Use and Abuse of Christian Liberty - D. G. Hart



Anthony T. Selvaggio (JD, The University of Buffalo School of Law; MDiv, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary) is an ordained minister, a lawyer, an author, a lecturer, and a visiting professor at Ottawa Theological Hall in Ottawa, Canada. Previously he was a visiting professor at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh and was Theologian in Residence at the Rochester Reformed Presbyterian Church. He edited and contributed to The Faith Once Delivered: Essays in Honor of Dr. Wayne R. Spear. He lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife, Michelle, and their two children, Katherine and James.



"It is a special privilege and pleasure to commend this delightful set of essays penned in Dr. Spear's honor. He is a master Reformed systematic theologian, and so this volume appropriately contains a theological feast by leading Reformed scholars. Read, learn, and enjoy!" -- J. Ligon Duncan III, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi; president, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals