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Discussion in 'The Literary Forum' started by Rutherglen1794, Apr 29, 2019.
Is there a consensus best exposition of the WCF?
David Dickson followed by Robert Shaw.
@NaphtaliPress might know the answer to this question, but I seem to recall Andrew Myers referring to a commentary on the WCF that predated David Dickson's work. Assuming that it exists, does anyone know the author and title of this work?
John Wallis had a commentary on the shorter catechism in 1648. I don't recall any comment on the confession predating Dickson.
I will do a search on Andrew's blog and see if anything comes up on the subject.
Apparently, George Hutcheson began writing one, but it has not survived. Andrew also claims that someone called William Parker wrote a negative commentary in 1651. Dickson's lectures were delivered in Latin during the 1650s and were later translated into English as Truth's Victory over Error.
This is probably the best modern work: https://banneroftruth.org/us/store/theology-books/confessing-the-faith/
Pluses and minuses in this thread, https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/confessing-the-faith-by-chad-van-dixhoorn.85136/
I wrote a brief review of Chad Van Dixhoorn's book on Goodreads.
These were my thoughts of Van Dixhoorn's work as well. Even if you don't agree with the original confession, your first paragraph of the review personally I believe everyone should agree with. I was hoping for groundbreaking things, but was sorely disappointed.
How does Chad Van Dixhoorn's book on the WCF compare to that by GI Williamson?
Thank you. And thank you Monergism for free eBooks.
A. A. Hodge's is also very good.
Robert Shaw's work is excellent. I believe it has been recently re-printed.
For the older writers, did they see something missing in previous works, or did they feel a need to make an exposition/commentary of the WCF for their own times?
I don't know that there is a consensus best commentary. Each of those mentioned above have something to contribute. Of the ones I have used, Dickson, Hodge, Shaw, and Williamson have been the most helpful. Sproul's 3 volume commentary is also quite good, but idiosyncratic in places (especially on the 2nd and 4th commandments). However, it is still trademark Sproul and well worth owning. If you had the five here mentioned, you would have the best of the best. However, I understand that Van Dixhorn is writing a much more thorough multi-volume commentary that will incorporate the insights of his unparalleled research into the Assembly. Once that comes out, it will probably be the best of the lot.
That news is most welcome.