Watson and Boston's Bodies of Divinity

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Puritan Board Senior
I have read a little bit from the bodies of divinity of both Thomas Watson and Thomas Boston. For those that have read one or (preferably) both, how would you characterize, compare, and contrast the two? What are the benefits you see of each? I am considering reading one next year. For example, Watson is known as the aphorist, but Boston's work is substantially larger (and thus probably more thorough or in-depth).


Puritan Board Sophomore
I'm not familiar enough to compare and contrast the two, but I have Watson's A Body of Divinity on my desk as I type this. I spent some time in it yesterday reading over his section addressing the question "what is sin?" So good.


Staff member
By Boston's "Body of Divinity" do you mean Vol.s 1 and 2 of his works? If so, I highly recommend them. They are the best exposition of the WSC I have ever read.


Puritan Board Freshman
Watson is more pithy, Boston is more comprehensive.

Also perhaps, Watson is more analytical and searching, Boston is more warm-hearted and encouraging?
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