Every Reformed Systematic Theology Online in English

(In Chronological Order)

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Subsections

Every Reformed Systematic Theology Online in English by Author

Reformed Systematic Theologies in Latin  (All the book titles are in English, as well as many of the tables of contents)

Reformed Baptist Systematic Theologies

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Order of Contents

About this Collection

1500’s  (28+)                              1700’s  (27+)                             1900’s  (25)

Luther                                     a Brakel                                     The Fundamentals
Melancthon                            Howe                                          ed. Kidd, B.J.
Zwingli                                    Willard                                        Clark, D.
Hamilton                                 Witsius                                       Warfield, B.B.
Farel                                         Beveridge                                  Webb, R.
Rhegius
Bucer                                        Gastrell                                      Boettner, L.
a Lasco                                     Halyburton                               Lecerf, A.
Calvin                                       Edwards, John                         Kersten, G.H.
Viret                                          Vanderkemp                            Berkouwer, G.C.
Bullinger                                   Doutrin                                       Berkhof, L.
Musculus                                  Pictet                                         ed. Henry, C.
Vermigli                                    Wishart                                      Buswell
Beza                                         Hellenbroek                               Kuiper, R.B.
Becon                                       Boston                                      Packer, J.I.
Bunny                                       Ridgley                                      Hoeksema
Bres                                          Crawford                                   Murray, J.
Marbeck                                   Wyttenbach                              Henry, C.
Olevian                                     Doddridge                                Boice, J.M.
Gifford                                      Erskine, R.                                  Muller, R.
Prime                                        Edwards, Jonathan                 Finlayson, R.A.
DeLaune
Finch                                        De Ronde                               Reformed Reader
11 Confessions                        Riccaltoun                                Smith, M.
Zanchi                                      de Moore                                    Bahnsen, G.
Ursinus                                     Comrie                                       Sproul, R.C.
Geneva                                      Brown, of Haddington          Reymond, R.
Bastingius                                 Venema
Virel                                           Hopkins
Rollock                                      Witherspoon

1600’s  (55+)                            1800’s  (30+                             2000+  (10+)

.                                                   Mather                                    Rushdoony
Perkins                                   Smith, S.                                Cheung, V.
Bucanus                                 Dwight                                    Van Genderen
Cartwright                              Alexander, A.A.                   Kelly, D.
Keckermann                           Hill                                          Gamble, R.
Polanus                                   Smith                                      Horton, M.
Trelcatius                                Dick                                        Beeke, J.
Parr                                          Belfrage                                  Bray, G.
Rogers                                     Chalmers                                Frame, J.
Baynes                                     Bogue                                     Beeke & Smalley
Yates                                         Woods                                    Letham, R.
Mayer                                       Wardlaw
Ames                                         Pres. of Nova Scotia
Robinson                                  Hodge, A.A.
Downame                                 Cunningham
Polyander                                 Heppe
Andrewes                                 Hodge, C.
Wolleb                                       Breckinridge
Ball                                             van Oosterzee
Davenant
Kellet                                          Thornwell
Stoughton                                   Dabney
Davenport
Bernard                                      Plumer
Macovius                                    Smith, H.B.
Ussher                                        Shedd
Roberts                                      Girardeau
Fisher                                         Schaff
Collier                                         Orr
Fenner                                        Denny
Binning                                       Vos, G.
Lyford                                         Bavinck
Dury                                            Macpherson
Leigh                                           Kuyper, A.
Norton
van Mastricht
Jeanes
Arrowsmith
Clarke
Lawson
Pearson
Dickson
Stone
Voetius
Ambrose
Gouge
Baxter
Polhill
Gale
Vincent
Turretin
Watson
Puritan Sermons
Nicholson
Leighton
Anon.
Flavel
Bates

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About this Collection

This page intends to be a reasonably comprehensive collection of the major reformed systematic theologies in English since the Reformation that are online.  If this collection of 175+ authors is a bit over-whelming for your tastes, see some of our recommendations on what systematic theologies to start with on our Systematic Theology page.

Amongst many other things this collection is valuable for, if you are interested in a particular doctrine of the Christian faith (the call of the gospel, the divine attributes, eschatology, etc), this page allows you to see what various theologians through history have said about it by looking in the appropriate place in their systematic works. 

Sometimes works that are of a systematic nature, though they would not narrowly be called systematic theologies, have been included in this collection.  Where an author has written on most doctrines of the Christian faith in separate works, those works have attempted to be included as well.  This page does not pretend to be exhaustive of the works written in the last several decades.  A few of the authors below (usually noted) are not recommended.  They are included for historical and comparative interest.  If you are unfamiliar with some of the authors, most of them can be found on Wiki.

For additional works to consult, see also some of the numerous lengthy (50-200 page) creeds in James Dennison’s Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries, 4 vols.  Buy  some of which are virtually systematic theologies.  Here is the table of contents to the 4 volumes. 

Other works that broadly fall in the systematic category are commentaries on confessions and catechisms.  See All of the Commentaries on the Westminster Confession of Faith, on the Shorter Catechism, on the Larger Catechism, and on the Confession and Catechisms.  Some others (mainly before the 1700’s) have been included on this page as well, though we hope to collect more on other catechisms in the future.  Historical theologies also often cover most of the gamut of theology, such as Cunningham, Shedd, Berkhof, etc.  Only a few have been included here.

Sometimes additional copies of these works can be found on PRDL & EEBO.   ‘PoD‘ means Print on Demand, which books are of a lower quality.  If you would like to suggest works to be added to this page, please contact us through Suggest Improvements.

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1500’s  (19)

Luther, Martin

95 Theses  1517

The Bondage of the Will  Buy  1525  trans. Henry Cole.  Various translations are available, the modern one by Johnston and Packer is the best.

This is not a complete systematic theology; it only covers soteriology, but it is his most systematic work.  Contrary to later Lutheranism (influenced by Melancthon), Luther was very calvinistic, as is demonstrated here.

Melanchthon, Philip

Theological Common Places  Buy  1521

Though Melanchthon was a Lutheran, his production was the first systematic theology of the Reformation, and as it was very influential on reformed systematic theologies following shortly thereafter, so it is placed here.

‘…the first Protestant dogmatics, as it is sometimes called, represents the work of a young man writing at the very beginning of the Lutheran Reformation.’ – W. Pauck

A Weighing and Considering of the Interim  ([London, 1548])  54 pp.

The Justification of Man by Faith Only…  (London, 1548)  79 pp.

Zwingli, Ulrich  

ed. Jackson, Samuel – Ulrich Zwingli: Early Writings  Buy  (Wipf & Stock, 2000)

ed. Pipkin, H. & E. Furcha – Huldrych Zwingli: Writings, 2 vols.  Buy  (Pickwick, 1984)

Commentary on True and False Religion  Buy  1525

‘In 29 chapters Zwingli discusses all of the principal topics of Christian theology.  The result is the most significant dogmatic work which Zwingli ever wrote and the most important systematic statement of Reformed theology before Calvin’s Institutes.’

67 Articles  Buy

Brief Christian Instruction, in Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries, ed. Dennison  Buy  vol. 1, pp. 9-39

An Account of the Faith of Ulrich Zwingli submitted to the German Emperor at the Diet of Augsburg, in Zwingli on Providence and other Essays, pp. 33-61  Buy 

A Short and Clear Exposition of the Christian Faith, in Zwingli on Providence and other Essays, pp. 235-293  Buy

The Accompt Reckoning and Confession of the Faith of Huldrik Zwinglius, Bishop of Zurich…  (Geneva, 1555)

Hamilton, Patrick  1504-1528

Diverse Fruitful Gatherings of Scripture and Declaring of Faith and Works of the Law

Hamilton was a proto-reformer and martyr in Scotland.  See Wiki.

A Most Excellent and Fruitful Treatise, called Patrick’s Places concerning the Doctrine of Faith, and the Doctrine of the Law: which being known, you have the pith of all divinity. With a brief collection or exposition of a sum of St. Paul’s doctrine touching Justification by Faith, in Jesus Christ: which is the only mark to shoot at, and the only means to obtain salvation  1598

Rhegius, Urbanus

A Declaration of the Twelve Articles of the Christian Faith with Annotations of the Holy Scripture, where they be grounded in.  And the Right Foundation & Principal Common Places of the Whole Godly Scripture, a goodly short declaration to all Christians profitable and necessary for to come to the right understanding of Holy Scripture, compiled for the commodity of all christian people  (London, 1548)

Rhegius (1489–1541)  was a Protestant Reformer who was active both in Northern and Southern Germany in order to promote Lutheran unity in the Holy Roman Empire.  He was also a popular poet.  Luther referred to him as the “Bishop of Lower Saxony”.

Rhegius began to support the Reform movement in 1521 (having succeeded Johannes Oecolampadius in Augsburg) and became an arbitor between the different views on the Eucharist expressed by Luther and Zwingli.  In 1530 he was one of the collaborators (along with Luther and others) who created the Augsburg Confession.

A Necessary Instruction of Christian Faith & Hope for Christians to Hold Fast, and to be Bolde[n] up on the Promise of God, & Not to Doubt of their Salvation in Christ  (London, 1579)

A Little Treatise after the manner of an epistle written by the famous clerk, Dr. Urbanus Regius, unto a special friend of his wherein he declares the cause of the great controversy that has been [and] is yet at this day in the christian religion and also the diversity between the right worshipping [and] service of God and the ceremonies invented by man’s institution, very fruitful and profitable  (London, 1548)  52 pp.

Much of this is very good, though he does take the Lutheran view of the matter (which is clear near the end).

Farel, William – Summary and Brief Declaration of those points very necessary for each Christian  Buy  1529

Bucer, Martin

Common Places  Buy  reprinted 1972  520 pp.

Of the Reign of Christ  Buy  d. 1551  Note that the edition in English available for purchase is not complete.  See its table of contents in the ‘Look Inside’ preview.

a Lasco, John – A Compendium of Doctrine of the One True Church of God and Christ: the London Confession, in Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries, ed. Dennison  Buy  vol. 1, pp. 551-583

Calvin, John

Institutes of the Christian Religion, vols. 1, 2, 3  Buy  1559 translated by Henry Beveridge.  Table of Contents  Other translations are available.

Calvin on Secret Providence

Viret, Pierre

The First Part of the Christian Instruction, and general sum of the doctrine, contained in the holy Scriptures wherein the principal points of the religion are familiarly handled by dialogues  1565

Viret (1511-1571) was a Swiss reformed theologian, reformer and professor of theology at Lausanne.

A Christian Instruction, Containing the Law and the Gospel. Also a Summary of the Principal Points of the Christian Faith & Religion, and of the abuses and errors contrary to the same. Done in certain dialogues  1573

Bullinger, Heinrich

The Decades  Buy

1st & 2nd Decades  Word of God, Faith, Apostle’s Creed, Law, Commandments 1-7
3rd Decade  Commandments 8-10, Ceremonial & Judicial Laws, Good Works, Sin
4th Decade  Gospel, Repentance, Trinity, Providence, Prayer, Christ & Offices, Angels & Soul of Man
5th Decade  Church, Ministry, Prayer, Sacraments, Various

A ‘decade’ of sermons is 10 sermons.  Bullinger compassed the whole of the Christian faith in 50 sermons.

Questions of Religion Cast Abroad in Helvetia [Switzerland] by the Adversaries of the Same, and Answered by H. Bullinger of Zurich, Reduced into 17 Common Places  translated into English in 1572

Musculus, Wolfgang – Common Places of the Christian Religion 1560  Table of Contents  Extended Table of Contents  See also the 1578 edition

A common place was a common subject that was often taken up in discussing the Christian Religion.

Vermigli, Peter Martyr  d. 1562

The Common Places of Vermigli, vol. 1 (parts 1-3), 2 (part 4)  EEBO  1576/1583

The Table of Contents to this important work, with an Introduction, has recently been made available in a contemporary edition.  Read it and wet your taste for more!

A Brief and Most Excellent Exposition, of the 12 Articles of our Faith, commonly called the Apostles’ Creed: wherein as well plainly, for the capacity of the simple, as pithily for the satisfying of the learned, are handled the principal points of Christian Religion  1578

Predestination and Justification  Buy

Dialogue on the Two Natures in Christ  Buy

On the Relation of Philosophy to Theology  Buy

The Oxford Treatise and Disputation on the Eucharist  Buy 

Beza, Theodore

Systematic Works

A Brief & Pithy Sum of the Christian Faith made in Form of a Confession  Buy  1562

A Book of Christian Questions & Answers, Wherein are set forth the Chief Points of the Christian Religion  (1574)  90 pp.

‘Supralapsarianism: The Fall of Man Was Both Necessary and Wonderful’, Questions 190-194

The Other Part of Christian Questions & Answers, which is concerning the sacraments…  to which is added a large table of the same questions  (London, 1580)  ToC  330 pp.

The Treasure of Truth Touching the Groundwork of Man’s Salvation, and Chiefest Points of Christian Religion in 38 Short Aphorisms  1576

An Evident Display of Popish Practices, or Patched Pelagianism.  Wherein is mightily cleared the Sovereign Truth of God’s Eternal Predestination, the stayed Groundwork of our most assured safety by Christ  (London, 1578)

A Little Catechism, that is to say, a Short Instruction Touching Christian Religion…  ([London, 1578])  15 pp.

A Brief Declaration of the Chief Points of Christian Religion set Forth in a Table  1579

On Particular Doctrines

Beza on the Trinity, 21 Theses, Part 1 (#1–15)  also entitled:  ‘Theses or Axioms on the Trinity of Persons and their Unity of Essence as Derived from Theodore Beza’s Lectures’, from Tractationes Theologicae Bezae, Volumen I (Geneva: Jean Crespin, 1570), 651.  In Ordained Servant Online, OPC

‘An Excellent Treatise of comforting such, as are troubled about their Predestination, Taken out of the Second Answer of Mr. Beza to D. Andreas, in the Act of their Colloquie at Mompelgart, etc.’  4 pp.  appended to William Perkins, A Golden Chain: or The Description of theology containing the order of the causes of salvation and damnation…  Whereunto is adjoined the order which Mr. Theodore Beza used in comforting afflicted consciences  (Cambridge, 1600)

On the Church

A Discourse of the True and Visible Marks of the Catholic Church  (London [1582?])  130 pp.

The Judgment of a Most Reverend & Learned Man from Beyond the Seas Concerning a Threefold Order of Bishops, with a declaration of certain other weighty points concerning the discipline and government of the Church  ([London, 1585])

On the Lord’s Supper

The Second Oration of Master Theodore de Beze…  [on the Lord’s Supper] made and pronounced at Poussy, in the open assembly of [the] prelates of France in the presence of the Queen, mother, and princes of the blood royal, the 26th Day of September, Anno 1561  (London [1562?])

Two Very Learned Sermons of Mr. Beza, together with a short Sum of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper: Whereunto is added a Treatise of the Substance of the Lord’s Supper, wherein is briefly and soundly discussed the principal points in controversy concerning that Question  (London, 1588)

Beza, Theodore – A Clear & Simple Treatise on the Lord’s Supper  Pre  (1559, RHB, 2016)

Martin Klauber:

“[The Lutheran] Westphal’s Defense of the Lord’s Supper served as the subject of Beza’s treatise.  The responsibility fell upon Beza primarily because Calvin, who had clearly had his fill of Westphal after composing three rebuttals, decided not to continue the literary battle…  Beza, whose predisposition was to soften the hostility between the two sides…  Some of Beza’s biographers have argued that this work was less harsh in its attacks on Westphal than one might have expected…  Beza… complained that Westphal had been far too personal in his attacks on Calvin, insinuating that he was a drunkard and a glutton and that his mother had been the mistress of a parish priest.

As one reads Beza’s treatise, several emphases are apparent. 

First, Beza responded chapter and verse to specific arguments and chapters of Westphal’s work. 

Second, Beza was tireless and unapologetic in defense of Calvin, especially in his assertion that the Lord’s Supper is not a bare symbol and that in it we have true communion with the risen Christ.  

Third, Beza made great use of the concept of metonymy, or a figure of speech, in his interpretation of the words of institution.  Scripture, he argued, was full of such expressions, such as when the lamb is called the Passover meal or when Christ called the cup the covenant in His blood.  He asked how the wine can be wine and blood at the same time without a figure of speech.

Fourth, like Calvin, Beza referred extensively to the church fathers, especially Augustine, in defense of his position.

Finally, at the end of the treatise, Beza pled for some degree of accord between the two sides by showing all the areas they had in common compared to few topics of disagreement.  Ultimately his attempt at reconciliation would fall short as the gap between the Lutheran and Reformed views of the Eucharist was simply too vast.” – Introduction

Becon, Thomas

The Common Places of Holy Scripture  †1567  63 pp.  in Prayers and Other Pieces by Thomas Becon, Parker Society

Certain Articles of Christian Religion Proved and Confirmed  87 pp.  in Prayers and Other Pieces by Thomas Becon, Parker Society

The Principles of Christian Religion  50 pp.  in The Catechism of Thomas Becon with other Pieces, Parker Society

Bunny, Edmund – The Whole Sum of Christian Religion, Given Forth by Two Several Methods or Forms…  (London, 1576)

Bunny (1540–1619) was an English Calvinistic divine who also published an abridgment of Calvin’s Institutes.

Brès, Guy de – The Staff of Christian Faith Profitable to all Christians, for to Arm Themselves Against the Enemies of the Gospel: and also for to know the Antiquity of our Holy Faith, and of the True Church. Gathered out of the works of the ancient doctors of the church and of the councils…  1577

Bres (1522-1567) was a Walloon pastor, Protestant reformer and theologian, a student of Calvin and Beza in Geneva.

Marbeck, John – A Book of Notes and Common Places with their expositions, collected and gathered out of the works of divers singular writers and brought alphabetically into order  1581

Olevian, Caspar  

An Exposition of the Apostle’s Creed  Buy  EEBO  1581

A Catechism, or Brief Instruction in the Principles & Grounds of the True Christian Religion, with a short treatise premised concerning the profity and necessity of catechizing  (London, 1617)

A Firm Foundation: an Aid to Interpreting the Heidelberg Catechism  Buy

Gifford, George – A Catechism Containing the Sum of Christian Religion, giving a most Excellent Light to all Those that Seek to Enter the Pathway to Salvation  1583  140 pp.

Gifford (d. 1620)

Prime, John – A Fruitful and Brief Discourse in Two Books: the one of Nature, the other of Grace with Convenient Answer to the Enemies of Grace, upon incident Occasions Offered by the Late Rhemish Notes in their New Translation of the New Testament, and Others  1583

Prime (c.1549-1596) was reformed.

ed. DeLaune, William – An Abridgement of The Institution of Christian Religion written by Mr. John Calvin.  Wherein brief and sound answers to the objections of the adversaries are set down  trans. Christopher Fetherstone  (Edinburgh, 1585)  IA

Finch, Henry – The Sacred Doctrine of Divinity Gathered out of the Word of God, Together with an Explication of the Lord’s Prayer  1589  57 pp.

ed. Jean-Francois Salvard, Theodore Beza, Lambert Daneau, Antoine de la Roche Chandieu & Simon Goulart – The Harmony of Protestant Confessions  Table of Contents   Latin  1581  700 pp.

In 1581, the first Harmony of Protestant Reformed Confessions of Faith was published in Geneva.  It was the result of a collaboration between the Huguenot ministers listed above.

They published it in response to the publication of the Lutheran Book of Concord in 1580.  It included a comparison of eleven Reformed confessions and the Lutheran Augsburg Confession.  In 1842, it was translated into English, reorganized and enlarged by Peter Hall.

Zanchi, Girolamo  1516-1590

Confession of the Christian Religion…  Buy  1586

Speculum Christianum or, A Christian Survey for the Conscience. Containing, Three Tractates of that eminent, grave and learned divine, master Hierome Zanchius. 1. Of the End of the World. 2. Of the Perseverance of the Saints. 3. A Summary Abridgment of his Protections [about Perseverance]  (London, 1614)

Ursinus, Zacharias

Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism  Buy  d. 1583, 1591, translated by  George W. Williard  Table of Contents

A Collection of Certain Learned Discourses, written by…  Ursine…  for explication of divers difficult points laid down by that author in his catechism  1600

Students of Geneva – Propositions & Principles of Divinity Propounded & Disputed in the University of Geneva by Certain Students of Divinity there, under Mr. Theodore Beza & Mr. Anthony Faius…  Wherein is contained a methodical summary, or epitome of the common places of divinity…  (Edinburgh, 1591)

These were disputations held under the presiding of professors Theodore Beza and Anthony Faius in Geneva.  This work is something akin to the later, Dutch, Leiden Synopsis (1625).

Bastingius, Jeremias – An Exposition Or Commentary Upon the Catechism of Christian Religion which is Taught in the Schools and Churches Both of the Low Countries & of the Dominions of the County Palatine  (Cambridge, ca. 1591)

Virel, Matthew – A Learned and Excellent Treatise Containing all the Principal Grounds of Christian Religion  1594

Rollock, Robert  d. 1599

A Treatise of Effectual Calling  Buy  243 pp.

Rollock was perhaps the most important early formulator of covenant theology in Scotland, principally due to this work.  A look at the table of contents will show that he covers many of the topics of systematic theology.  His main argumentative opponent is Romanism.

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1600’s  (38+)

Perkins, William, d. 1602

An Exposition of the Symbol, or Apostles’ Creed  1595

Cases of Conscience, Book 2  in Works, vol. 2 (of 3)

The Whole Duty of Man, containing a Practical Table of the Ten Commandments  1674

A Golden Chain  Buy

An Abridgment of the Whole Body of Divinity  1654  by Thomas Nicols, being extracts from Perkins’ writings (by Nicols) laid out in systematic form  

Bucanus, William –Institutions of Christian Religion Framed out of God’s Word, and the writings of the best divines, methodically handled by questions and answers, fit for all such as desire to know, or practice the Will of God  (1602; London, 1606)

Bucan (d. 1603) was a professor of divinity at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Cartwright, Thomas

Christian Religion: Substantially, Methodically, Plainly and profitably Treatised  (d. 1603; 1611)

A Treatise of Christian Religion, or, the Whole Body and Substance of Divinity  1616

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Polanus, Amandus 

Substance of Christian Religion Soundly set forth in two Books, by Definitions and Partitions…  Buy  (London, 1595)

This was a precursor to the following longer work below.

A Treatise of Amandus Polanus, concerning God’s eternal predestination  (1599)  260 pp.

A System of Christian Theology  (d. 1610)  Here is the lengthy Table of Contents in English, translated from this Latin work.

For an overview of this important work, see Max Deal’s The Meaning and Method of Systematic Theology in Amandus Polanus.

Trelcatius, Jr., Lucas – A Brief Institution of the Common Places of Sacred Divinity, Wherein, the Truth of Every Place is Proved, and the Sophisms of Bellarmine are Reproved  2nd ed.  (1610)  595 pp.

Trelcatius Jr. (1573-1607) was a professor of theology at Leiden.  Robert Bellarmine was a prominent Roman Catholic apologist. 

Parr, Elnathan – The Grounds of Divinity Plainly Discovering the Mysteries of Christian Religion, Propounded Familiarly in Diverse Questions & Answers: substantially proved by Scriptures; expounded faithfully, according to the writings of the best divines, and evidently applyed by profitable uses, for the help and benefit of the unlearned which desire knowledge. To the which is prefixed a very profitable treatise, containing an exhortation to the study of the Word, with singular directions for the hearing and reading of the same  (1614)

Parr (d. 1622)

Rogers, Thomas – An Exposition of the 39 Articles

Rogers (1553-1616) was an Anglican clergyman and, unfortunately, an early opponent of Nicholas Bownde in the Sabbatarian controversy.  Augustus Toplady praised Rogers’ Exposition.

Baynes, Paul – A Help to True Happiness. Or a Brief and Learned Exposition of the main and fundamental points of Christian Religion  (1618)

Yates, John – A Model of Divinity, Catechistically Composed, wherein is Delivered the Matter and Method of Religion, according to the Creed, Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and the Sacraments  (1622)

Yates (†1657) was a reformed, English minister in St Andrews in Norwich.

Mayer, John – The English Catechism Explained  (1623)  680 pp.

Mayer was English and reformed.  He was perhaps best known for his commentary on the entire Bible.

Ames, William 

The Marrow of Sacred Divinity  Buy  1623  

The Substance of Christian Religion: Or, A Plain and Easy Draught of the Christian Catechism in 52 Lectures  PoD  1659

Robinson, John

New Essays, or Observations Divine and Moral  in Works, vol. 1

Robinson (1576–1625) was a pilgrim father, a separatist and reformed in his soteriology.

A Defence of the Doctrine Propounded by the Synod at Dort  in Works, vol. 1

A Survey of the Confession of Faith Published in Certain Conclusions by the Remainders of Mr. Smyth’s Company  Table of Contents  in Of Religious Communion, Private and Public  in Works, vol. 3

A Catechism  11 pp.  in Works, vol. 3

Downame, John – The Sum of Sacred Divinity Briefly and Methodically Propounded: More Largely and Clearly Handled and Explained  (1625)

Polyander, Rivet, Walaeus, Thysius – Synopsis of a Purer Theology  Buy  1625

This standard and very influential Dutch textbook of systematic theology was compiled from the lectures of the four professors and their students.  The ebook is much cheaper than the print edition.

For an introduction, and an English translation of the preface by Herman Bavinck to the 1800’s edition, see Henk van den Belt & Mathilde de Vries-van Uden, ‘Herman Bavinck’s Preface to the Synopsis Purioris Theologiae’  in Bavinck Review 8 (2017): 101–114.

Andrewes, Lancelot – A Pattern of Catechistical Doctrine, and Other Minor Works  PoD  1626

Andrewes (1555-1626) was a reformed Anglican.

Wolleb, Johannes – Abridgment of Christian Divinity  Buy  1626

This work has been translated in ‘Reformed Dogmatics: Seventeenth-Century Reformed Theology’, ed. John Beardslee  

Ball, John 

A Short Treatise containing all the Principal Grounds of Christian Religion, by way of questions and answers, very profitable for all sorts of men, but especially for householders, whereunto are added several questions by the reverend author’s own pen to clear the exposition  1631  380 pp.

A Treatise of the Covenant of Grace  1645   380 pp.

A Treatise of Faith, Divided into Two Parts, the First sowing the Nature, the Second, the Life of Faith…  (London, 1631)  ToC

A Short Catechism Containing the Principles of Religion: Very Profitable for all Sorts of People  (London, 1630)

Davenant, John

A Treatise on Justification: or The Disputatio de Justitia Habituali et Actuali…, vol. 1, 2  trans. Josiah Allport  (1631; London: 1844/46)  ToC 1, 2

The Determinations, or Resolutions of Certain Theological Questions, Publicly Discussed in the University of Cambridge  trans. Josiah Allport  (1634; 1846)  ToC  bound at the end of John Davenant, A Treatise on Justification, or the Disputatio de Justitia...  trans. Josiah Allport  (1631; London, 1846), vol. 2

Most of the theses determined in this work are contra Romanism.  Some of them show Davenant’s episcopal Anglican leanings.

Baptismal Regeneration & the Final Perseverance of the Saints. A Letter to Dr. Samuel Ward  trans. J. Allport  (1864)

Davenant argues for a form of baptismal regeneration, that original sin is taken from infants in the act.  This view was argued against by Rutherford, John Edwards and numerous others of the reformed and is not recommended.  The work is important in understanding the historical context of the early 1600’s.

A Dissertation on the Death of Christ, as to its Extent & Special Benefits:  Containing a Short History of Pelagianism, and Showing the Agreement of the Doctrines of the Church of England on General Redemption, Election & Predestination with the Primitive Fathers of the Christian Church, and above all with the Holy Scriptures  as bound at the end of vol. 2 of his Exposition of Colossians  trans. Josiah Allport  (London, 1832)

Davenant was a hypothetical universalist with respect to the atonement, involving a form of a general atonement (not recommended).

Animadversions…  upon a Treatise entitled, God’s Love to Mankind [by Samuel Hoard]  (Cambridge: 1641)  536 pp.

Kellet, Edward – Miscellanies of Divinity, divided into Three Books, wherein is Explained at Large the Estate of the Soul in her origination, separation, particular judgement, and conduct to eternal bliss or torment  1635

Kellet (1583-1641)

Cradock, Samuel – Knowledge and Practice: Or a Plain Discourse of the Chief Things Necessary in Order to be Known, Believed and Practised in Order to Salvation. Useful for Private Families  1659/73

Cradock (c.1620-1706) was a reformed, non-conformist tutor in England.

“One of the best systems of divinity which a plain man can read.” – David Bogue

Stoughton, John

A Form of Wholesome Words, or, An Introduction to the Body of Divinity in Three Sermons on 2 Tim. 1:13  1640

Stoughton (1593-1639) was a reformed English minister.

A Learned Treatise in Three Parts: 1. The Definition, 2. The Distribution of Divinity, 3. The Happiness of Man; as it was Scholastically Handled  (1640)

The Heavenly Conversation and the Natural Man’s condition, in Two Treatises  1640

Davenport. John – The Profession of the Faith of that Reverend & Worthy Divine, Mr. J. D….  Made Publicly before the Congregation at his Admission into one of the Churches of God in New-England. Containing twenty several heads…  (London, 1642)

Davenport (1597-1670) was an Anglican, puritan clergyman.  Later he was a co-founder of the American colony of New Haven and an Independent, puritan minister (which this work reflects).

Bernard, Richard

The Bible’s Abstract & Epitome, the Capital Heads, Examples, Sentences, and Precepts of all the Principal Matters in Theology: Collected Together for the most part alphabetically, with the doctrine and uses compendiously explained of all the chief points therein contained, taken out of the best modern divines  (1642)

Expositions of Catechisms

The Common Catechism with a Commentary Thereupon, by Questions and Answers, following the very words, as they lie in their order without alteration  (1630)

A Double Catechism, One More Large, Following the Order of the Common Authorized Catechism, and an Exposition Thereof  (1607)

Good Christian look to thy Creed, for a True Trial of an Holy Profession, and of the Truth of Religion, from all crooked bypaths  1630

Joshua’s Godly Resolution in Conference with Caleb, Touching Household Government for Well Ordering a Family with a Twofold Catechism for instruction of youth; the first short, for the weaker sort, set forth in six principal points; the latter large for other of greater growth, and follows the order of the Common Authorized Catechism, and is an Explanation thereof (1612)

Maccovius, John – Scholastic Discourse: The Distinctions & Rules of Theology & Philosophy  Buy  1644

Maccovius was a supralapsarian Polish theologian.  These distinctions and rules are laid out in systematic form, in 23 chapters.

Ussher, James

A Body of Divinity, or the Sum and Substance of the Christian Religion  Buy  1645

A Discourse of the Religion Anciently Professed by the Irish and British  1631  in Works, vol. 4

Articles of Religion Agreed Upon by the Archbishops and Bishops and the Rest of the Clergy of Ireland  1615  in Works, vol. 1

An Answer to a Challenge Made by a Jesuit in Ireland wherein the Judgment of Antiquity in the Points Questioned is Truly Delivered and the Novelty of the Now Romish Doctrine Plainly Discovered  in Works, vol. 3

The Principles of Christian Religion  20 pp.  in Works, vol. 11

The Method of the Doctrine of Christian Religion  25 pp.  in Works, vol. 11

Roberts, Francis – A Synopsis of Theology, or Divinity  Buy  1645  10 pp.

Fisher, Edward – The Marrow of Modern Divinity  Buy  1645

This work became popular in the Scotland in the early 1700’s (and since) at its republication by the influence of Thomas Boston.  It covers covenant theology, the Law, soteriology, sanctification and practical living, and so hits many or most of the topics of systematic theology.

Collier, Thomas – The Marrow of Christianity, or, a Spiritual Discovery of Some Principles of Truth meet to be known of all the Saints: Represented in Ten Sections  1650

Collier (fl.1647-1691).  John Saltmarsh, an Antinomian, wrote a commendatory letter to the reader in this volume, saying that he was glad to read “that no difference of outward administration, or Ordinances, should divide Christians that are baptized into one Spirit; which truth I did much rejoice to see from his pen…”

Fenner, William – The Spiritual Man’s Directory. Guiding a Christian in the Path that leads to true Blessedness in his three main Duties towards God: How To Believe, To Obey, and to Pray, Unfolding the Creed, 10 Commandments and the Lords Prayer  PoD  1651

Binning, Hugh – Works  Buy  1653

The first book in his works specifically, ‘The Common Principles of the Christian Religion’, treats of much of Christian theology in 25 sermons.

Lyford, William – The Instructed Christian, or the Plain Man’s Senses Exercised to Discern Both Good and Evil, being a discovery of the Errors, Heresies, and Blasphemies of these Times, and the Toleration of them…  †1653  350 pp.

Dury, John

A Summary Platform of the Heads of a Body of Practical Divinity  1654, 12 pages, with a letter from Archbishop James Ussher recommending that such a body of practical divinity be written

John Dury (1596-1680) grew up with connections to the heads of state, and was advised by an eminent chaplain that to reconcile the divisions of the protestant churches would be the greatest work of peacemaking (Matt 5:9) that one could do.  Dury subsequently devoted his entire adult life’s work to this end, with indefatigable journeys, letter writing and conferencing among the leading church figures of the day.  The titles of his many writings also bear out this purpose. 

This particular work is the first part of a brief summary outline of practical scriptural living and ethics, intended as an ecumenical effort to unite churches abroad.  Previous to this work, a letter was written by William Gouge, Obadiah Sedgwick and others to James Ussher asking him to lead a joint project to write such a body of divinity.  Ussher was favorable to the project but it was interrupted by the English Civil War.  Other signers to this effort included: John Downame, George Walker, Adoniram Byfield, Sidrach Simpson, Richard Culverwell, George Hughes and Joseph Symonds.  Dury ended up writing the desired outline of practical divinity.  HT: Andrew Myers.

The Earnest Breathings of Foreign Protestants, Divines & Others to the Ministers & Other Able Christians of these Three Nations for a Complete Body of Practical Divinity… & an Essay of a Model of the Said Body of Divinity  (London, 1658)

This work also contains an appended letter by William Gouge, Obadiah Sedgwick and others to James Ussher asking him to lead a joint project to write a body of divinity.  Ussher was favorable to the project but it was interrupted by the English Civil War.  Other signers included: John Downame, George Walker, Adoniram Byfield, Sidrach Simpson, Richard Culverwell, George Hughes and Joseph Symonds. HT: Andrew Myers.

Leigh, Edward 

A System or Body of Divinity  1654

A Treatise of the Divine Promises in Five Books: in the First, a general description of their nature, kinds, excellency, right use, properties, and the persons to whom they belong; in the Four last, a declaration of the Covenant itself  1641

Norton, John

A Brief & Excellent Treatise Containing the Doctrine of Godliness, or Living unto God: Wherein the Body of Divinity is Substantially Proposed, and Methodically Digested, by way of Question & Answer  1648

The Orthodox Evangelist, or a Treatise wherein many great Evangelical Truths are Briefly Discussed, Cleared & Confirmed  1654  The table of contents is on p. 356 with a subject index following

Norton (1606-1663) was a New England puritan who wrote the biography of John Cotton.

van Mastricht, Peter – Theoretical-Practical Theology  1655

The is systematic of the German born, Dutch professor of theology after the Voetius tradition is currently being translated from the Latin and Dutch into English by the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.

Jeanes, Henry

A Mixture of Scholastical Divinity, with Practical: in Several Tractates: wherein some of the most Difficult Knots in Divinity are Untied, many dark places of Scripture cleared, sundry heresies, and errors, refuted  1656

Jeanes (1611-1662) was a puritan.

A Second Part of The Mixture of Scholastical Divinity, with Practical, in Several Tractates  1660

Arrowsmith, John – A Chain of Principles  PoD  1659

Clarke, Samuel – Medulla Theologiae, or the Marrow of Divinity contained in Sundry Questions and Cases of Conscience, both Speculative and Practical, the Greatest Part of them Collected out of the Works of our Most Judicious, Experienced and Orthodox English Divines  1659

This Samuel Clarke (1599-1682) was reformed, puritan in the Church of England and a writer of ecclesiastical biographies.  He is to be distinguished from the Bible Annotator Samuel Clarke (1626–1701), who was a non-conformist and had Baxterian influences.

Lawson, George – Theo-Politica, or, a Body of Divinity containing the Rules of the Special Government of God, according to which, He orders the immortal and intellectual creatures, angels, and men, to their final and eternal estate: being a method of those saving truths which are contained in the Canon of the Holy Scripture, and abridged in those words of our Savior Jesus Christ, which were the ground and foundation of those apostolical creeds and forms of confessions, related by the ancients, and, in particular, by Irenæus, and Tertullian  Buy  1659

Pearson, John – An Exposition of the [Apostles’] Creed  1st ed. 1659  690 pp.  See also an analysis, or outline, of this work by W.H. Mill

Pearson (1613–1686)  This exposition of the Apostle’s Creed was the most widely used Anglican body of divinity in the post-Restoration (1660) Church of England.  Pearson was somewhat reformed.

Dickson, David – Truth’s Victory Over Error: or the True Principles of the Christian Religion  Buy  1662, being the first positive commentary on the Westminster Confession.  It is polemical in nature.

Stone, Samuel  d. 1663

The Whole Body of Divinity in a Catechetical Way Handled  (Hartford, CT: probably sometimes between 1647-1663)  950 pp.  as transcribed by Samuel Willard

Stone was a New England puritan.  This was the first comprehensive theology produced in the American colonies.  See the Congregational Library & Archives for more background.

Samuel Stone’s Catechism: reissued with an Introductory Sketch, from the original edition printed in 1684  ([Hartford, Conn.], 1899)  There is a lengthy introduction; the catechism starts here and is only 12 pages.

Voetius, Gisbert – Politica Ecclesiastica, 4 vols.  1663

A portion of this work, ‘Concerning Practical Theology,’ has been translated in John Beardslee’s Reformed Dogmatics: Seventeenth-Century Reformed Theology’  Buy

Ambrose, Isaac  d. 1664

Looking unto Jesus, as carrying on the great work of man’s salvation, or A view of the everlasting Gospel  Buy  Table of Contents

The First, Middle and Last Things  Buy Pod

The first things are regeneration and the beginning of the godly life.  The middle things are secret, private and pubic ordinances for sanctification.  The last things are meditations on life, death, judgment, hell, the sufferings of Christ and heaven.

Gouge, Thomas – The Principles of Religion Explained to the Capacity of the Meanest, with Practical Applications to Each Head  1668  128 pp.  †1681

Baxter, Richard

Aphorisms of Justification, with their Explication Annexed wherein also is opened the nature of the covenants, satisfaction, righteousnesse, faith, works, etc.  1655  333 pp.

This was Baxter’s first printed book, and his most controversial book.  Here he lays out his erroneous theological articulation of Justification and related themes, which earned his paradigm the name, ‘Baxterianism’ and ‘Neo-nomianism’ (which means, ‘New-Law’).  Baxter went on to further qualify much in this book in later writings, but continued to hold to the heart of it till his death.  On this work, and numerous of the works below, see William Orme’s survey of his doctrinal works in Life and Writings of Baxter, ch. 2, ‘Doctrinal Works’ in Baxter’s Practical Works, vol. 1.

Despite Baxter’s serious doctrinal problems, J.I. Packer could refer to him as “The most outstanding pastor, evangelist and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced.”

Richard Baxter’s Confession of his Faith, especially concerning the Interest of Repentance and Sincere Obedience to Christ in our Justification and Salvation  1655

On this, see Orme, bottom of p. 455 ff.

An End of Doctrinal Controversies which have Lately Troubled the Churches by Reconciling Explication, without much Disputing  1691  365 pp.

This is the closest thing that Baxter has to a systematic theology in English.  Note his significant errors regarding Justification, the Covenant, the definition of Faith, the nature and extent of the Atonement, etc.

Catholic Theology, Plain, Pure, Peaceable, for Pacification of the Dogmatical Word-Warriors  Oxf  1675  118 pp.

12 conferences, or disputations, with various opponents on all sides regarding soteriology.

The Protestant Religion Truly Stated and Justified  1692  240 pp.

Baxter corrects 52 misrepresentations of Protestantism from the accusations of Romanists.

A Christian Directory: a Sum of Practical Theology and Cases of Conscience, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Buy  1673  See the table of contents

This work, with his Latin work, Method of Christian Theology, was intended to comprise a whole body of divinity (the theological in Latin and the practical in English).  This work includes four parts: (1) Christian Ethics (Private Duties), (2) Christian Economics (Family Duties), (3) Christian Ecclesiastics (Church Duties), and (4) Christian Politics (Corporate/Civic Duties).  These volumes do not contain Baxter’s errors on justification found in other works of his.

“The most outstanding pastor, evangelist and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced.” – J.I. Packer

Polhill, Edward  1673

See his works at PRDL.  Polhill touches on many of the topics of systematic theology, including the divine attributes, the atonement, Christ, Faith, etc.  He was a Hypothetical Universalist, and defends it at length.

Gale, Theophilus – Book 2  of vol. 4, ‘Of Reformed Philosophy’ of The Court of the Gentiles  (London, 1677)

This covers the doctrine of God, Creation & Providence.  Book 1 covers ‘Moral Philosophy’, including the doctrine of Sin.

Vincent, Thomas – An Explicatory Catechism; or, An Explanation of the Assembly’s Shorter Catechism  Buy  d. 1678

Turretin, Francis – Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 3 vols.  Buy  1679–1685 translated by James Dennison Jr. 

Watson, Thomas – A Body of Practical Divinity  Buy  d. 1686, lectures on the Shorter Catechism

Various Puritans – Puritan Sermons: The Morning Exercises at Cripplegate, vols. 5, 6  Buy  1659-1689

This 6 volume set of puritan sermons was given over a 30 year period in the late 1600’s on weekday mornings by puritan ministers near London.  Vol. 5, in 28 sermons, briefly compasses the whole of the Christian Faith, though it is not online.  Vol. 6 is another set of sermons against the many tenets of Romanism, which is of a similar systematic nature.  Here is a table of contents to all of the volumes.  The set is well worth your $180, being less than the weekly food budget of many people. 

Nicholson, William – A plain, but full exposition of the catechism of the Church of England : enjoined to be learned of every child, before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop  PoD  1678

Nicholson was a reformed Anglican.

Charnock, Stephen

Works:

vol. 1 – Providence, Existence & Attributes of God
vol. 2 – Existence & Attributes of God
vol. 3 – Regeneration, Reconciliation, Christ’s Blood
vol. 4 – Knowledge of God, Unbelief, Lord’s Supper
vol. 5 – Discourses

Charnock (1628-1680) intended to compile a full systematic theology via his discourses, but died after the existence and attributes of God.

Leighton, Robert – Works, vol. 4  d. 1684

Leighton (1611-84) was a reformed, evangelical and pious Scottish bishop.  This volume includes his Theological Lectures, a short catechism and his expositions of the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the 10 Commandments.

Steele, Richard – A Scheme & Abstract of the Christian Religion, Comprised in Fifty-Two Heads, with the Texts of Scripture on which they are grounded: & Some Short Indications how they were more largely handled  (London: 1684)  22 pp.  This is an annotated outline: likely his outlines for a year’s worth of sermons he preached.

Steele (1629-1692) was an ejected presbyterian puritan.

Anonymous – Catechism Made Practical: the Christian Instructed I. in the principles of Christian religion, positively, in the shorter [English] catechism, II. in what he is to refuse, and what to hold fast in the greatest points of controversy, III. in the practice of several duties, viz., (1) the practical improvement of the Holy Trinity, (2) baptism, (3) prayer, and (4) preparation for the Lord’s Supper  ToC  1688

Flavel, John – An Exposition of the Assembly’s Catechism  PoD  1688

Bates, William  d. 1699

Works, vol. 1 out of 4  Buy

Including: A Treatise on the Existence of God, The Immortality of the Soul, The Divinity of the Christian Religion, and The Harmony of Divine Attributes in in the contrivance and accomplishment of man’s redemption by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Works, vol. 3  Buy

Including: The Everlasting Rest of the Saints in Heaven; The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.

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à Brakel, Wilhelmus – The Christian’s Reasonable Service, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4  Buy  1700, translated by Bartel Elshout

Howe, John  †1705

Christian Theology:  Selected and Systematically Arranged  ed. by Samuel Dunn  1836  522 pp.

Howe was an English dissenting minister.  This is an anthology of Howe’s writings put together as a systematic theology by Dunn.

“As a minister, I have derived more benefit from the works of Howe, than from those of all other divines put together.  there is an astounding magnificence in his conceptions.” – Rev. Robert Hall

Works, vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Willard, Samuel – A Complete Body of Divinity in 250 expository lectures on the assembly’s Shorter Catechism  Evans  PoD  1726,  d. 1707

Willard was a New England puritan.

Witsius, Herman

The Economy of the Covenants between God and man: Comprehending a Complete Body of Divinity, vols. 1, 2, 3  Buy  d. 1708

Witsius wrote a systematic theology through the lens and outline of the covenants of God.  He took a mediating position between that of Voetius and Cocceius.  His exposition of the Lord’s Prayer and Apostles’ Creed below also cover a large gamut of theology.

Sacred Dissertations on the Lord’s Prayer  Buy

Sacred Dissertations on the Apostle’s Creed, vols. 1, 2  Buy

Beveridge, William – Thesaurus of Theology: A complete system of divinity summed up in brief notes upon select places of the Old and New Testament, vol. 1, 2, 3  d. 1708

Beveridge was a reformed, bishop in the Church of England (this is not the same Beveridge that translated Calvin’s Institutes). 

Gastrell, Francis – The Christian Institutes: being a plain and impartial account of the whole faith and duty of a Christian  Buy Pod  1709

Gastrell was a reformed Anglican.  

Halyburton, Thomas – The Works of Thomas Halyburton  Buy d. 1712

While this is not a systematic theology, the first three volumes (of four) of the modern reprint cover much of the substance of Christian theology.  Halyburton was an influential Scot.  

Edwards, John  d. 1716

Theologia Reformata: or, The Body and Substance of the Christian Religion, comprised in distinct discourses or treatises upon the Apostles creed, the Lord’s prayer, and the Ten Commandments; in two volumes. The whole adjusted to the Sacred Scriptures and the judgement of the Protestant Reformed Churches, vols. 1, 2  1713

John Edwards (1637–1716) was a reformed Anglican, the son of Thomas Edwards, who wrote the famed book ‘Gangraena’ in the 1640’s.

The Doctrine of Faith and Justification set in a True Light, in Three parts … Being the second part of the theological treatises which are to compose a large body of Christian Divinity  1708

Vanderkemp, John – The Christian entirely the property of Christ in life and death; exhibited in fifty-three sermons on the Heidelberg Catechism, vols. 1, 2    PoD  1718

Doutrin, John – A Short Scheme of Divine Truths: wherein is Given a General Idea of Divinity  Buy

Doutrin (1662-1722) was an evangelical Dutch preacher and professor at Dort.  Doutrin was a prominent exponent of the Cocceian movement, and Friedrich Adolph Lampe was one of his disciples.

Pictet, Benedict – Christian Theology  d. 1724

Pictet was the Swiss professor of divinity in Geneva after Turretin.  He was the last to hold the orthodox faith there before the rise of the Enlightenment.

Blackwell, Sr., Thomas – Forma Sacra, or, A Sacred Platform of Natural and Revealed Religion (Boston, 1774)

Blackwell, Sr. (c.1660-1728) was a professor of theology at Aberdeen, Scotland.  Blackwell was an early enlightenment thinker (not recommended).

Wishart, William – Theologia: or Discourses of God, delivered in 120 Sermons, vol. 1 (ToC), 2 (ToC)  d. 1729

Wishart (1660-1729) was an influential Church of Scotland minister, professor and principal of Edinburgh University.  His work is similar to Charnock’s work.

Hellenbroek, Abraham – A Specimen of Divine Truths for the instruction of Youth, who prepare themselves for a confession of their Faith  IA  †1731  100 pp.

Boston, Thomas

A Brief Explication of the First Part of the Assembly’s Shorter Catechism  †1732  133 pp.  in Works, vol. 7, pp. 9-142  The commentary is up through Question #38.

A Complete Body of Divinity upon the Shorter Catechism, vols. 1, 2, 3  Buy  1732

Human Nature in its Fourfold State  Buy

The fourfold state of man is: (1) Upright in Eden, (2) Fallen in Adam, (3) Regenerate in Christ, (4) Glorified in heaven.  A look at the table of contents will show that he hits many of the topics of systematic theology under these heads.

Ridgley, Thomas – A Body of Divinity, vols. 1, 2  Buy PoD  d. 1734

These were sermons preached through the Larger Catechism.

Crawford, William – A Short Practical Catechism wherein there is an Instruction in the principal Articles of the Christian Religion  1745  186 pp.

Crawford (1676-1742) was a minister in England.

Wyttenbach, Daniel  1706-1779
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Doddridge, Philip – A Course of Lectures on Pneumatology, Ethic and Divinity, part 1, part 2, Lectures on Preaching and the Ministerial Office  Table of Contents  d. 1751  Being 168 lectures

Erskine, Ralph – Works, vol. 10  d. 1752

This is virtually a systematic theology in poetry.  Though it does not hit every topic, it does hit most.  This volume is volume 7 in the 7 volume series of Erskine’s Works that is more commonly available for sale.  The Free Presbyterians recently reprinted the first 6 volumes, but not the seventh.  There is much left out of this last volume in the ‘Gospel Sonnets’ paperback reprint by SGCB.  For another systematic work in verse, see that of Benjamin Keach in Reformed Baptist Systematic Theologies.

Edwards, Jonathan

Select Works, vols. 1, 2  Buy  d. 1758

While Edwards never wrote a systematic theology, he did write treatises on: Original Sin, Eschatology (A History of the Work of Redemption), Predestination and Free-will, Ethics, Apologetics, and the Eternal state, and was very influential on later theologians that did write systematic theologies.  His sermons cover about every other topic not in the previous list.  The 2 volume edition is handy, but if you are not satisfied (and are rich), try his 26 volume complete works from Yale.  Buy

Miscellanies, parts 12, 3, 4  being WJE Online, vols. 13, 18, 20, 23  Arranged topically

De Ronde, Lambertus – A System Containing the Principles of the Christian Religion, suitable to the Heidelberg Catechism  Buy PoD  1763

Warden, John – A System of Revealed Religion Digested under Proper Heads and Composed in the Express Words of Scripture, Containing all that the Sacred Records Reveal with Respect to Doctrine and Duty  (London, 1764)  Table of contents  This is both volumes in one.

Warden (d. 1764), according to PRDL, was reformed.

Riccaltoun, Robert – ‘Essays on Human Nature and Several Doctrines of Revelation’  1771  455 pp.  being vol. 1 of his Works

Riccaltoun (1691-1769) was one of the leading Marrow Men.  Not a whole systematic theology, but a substantial coverage.

de Moor, Bernard – Continuous Commentary on John Marck’s Didactic-Elenctic Compendium of Christian Theology  Buy  1761- 1772

Only volume 1 is presently (2015) available, but look for further volumes in the future.  As portions are translated, excerpts are being put up at the blog.  Here is a review of the first volume by Dr. Ryan McGraw.

Comrie, Alexander – The ABC’s of Faith  Buy  d. 1774  182 pages

Comrie (1706-1774) was Dutch reformed.

Brown, John, of Haddington

A Compendious View of Natural and Revealed Religion  Buy 1782

Brown is noted for his Biblicism: his citing of many scripture verses to establish each of his points.

An Essay Towards an easy, plain, practical, and extensive explication of the Assembly’s Shorter Catechism  Buy  

Venema, Herman – Institutes of Theology, part 1  trans. Alexander Brown (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1850)  Buy

Venema (1697-1787) was a professor at Franeker.  Venema “maintained the fundamental line of confessional orthodoxy without drawing heavily on any of the newer philosophies…  and maintained a fairly centrist Reformed position.  Venema… evidence[s] the inroads of a rationalistic model…” – Richard Muller 

Hopkins, Samuel – The System of Doctrines contained in divine revelation explained and defended, vols. 1, 2   Not recommended  Buy PoD  1793  This is here for reference.

Hopkins followed Jonathan Edwards and advocated for a modified Calvinism, known as the New Divinity which was erroneous on numerous points.  For a list of Hopkinsianism’s distinctive tenets, see Wiki.

Witherspoon, John  d. 1794

Lectures on Divinity  Buy  17 lectures, 155 pages, in Works, vol. 8

Lectures on Moral Philosophy  Buy  10 Lectures, 75 pages, in Works, vol. 7

Works, vol. 1  Buy

Containing ‘an Essay on Justification’ and ‘a Treatise on Regeneration’.

Sermons on Interesting Subjects, Works, vol. 4  Buy

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1800’s  (27+)

Mather, Moses – A Systematic View of Divinity, or the Ruin and Recovery of Man  1813  245 pp.

Mather (1719-1806) was a New England, puritan minister of the older variety.

Smith, Samuel Stanhope – A Comprehensive View of the Leading and Most Important Principles of Natural and Revealed Religion  1816  550 pp.

Smith (1751-1819) was an evangelical presbyterian and president of Princeton College.

Dwight, Timothy – Theology: Explained and Defended in a Series of Sermons, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4  Buy  d. 1817

Dwight followed in the steps of the New England school after Jonathan Edwards (see Hopkins above).  He denied the imputation of Adam’s guilt to his posterity, but other than that, he was pretty good.  Joel Beeke has a very good introduction to his life and theology in the Solid Ground Christian Books reprint of this text.  

Alexander, Archibald, A.

A Brief Compend of Bible Truth  1846  210 pp.

Alexander, in the Preface:

“The volume now given to the public comprises a brief system of theology, and may be found useful to such as may not have the opportunity of studying larger works.  As it is not intended for the learned, but for plain, common readers, technical phrases and abstruse disquisitions have been avoided; yet, the author has attempted to establish every doctrine advanced, by solid arguments, derived from reason and Scripture.”

Lecture Notes of Archibald Alexander on Systematic Theology  1818  284 pp.  being a hand-written manuscript by Charles Hodge

Alexander was the first professor of Old Princeton Seminary.  His lectures on Theology are unavailable in any other form.  A treasure.

Table of Contents

1. Philosophy of the Mind   1
2. Theology   19
3. Revealed Theology  37
4. Prophecy  44
5. Inspiration  53
6. Attributes  61
7. Scientia Media (Middle Knowledge)   72
8. Trinity   87
9. Decrees   109
10. Predestination  117
11. Election   121
12. Reprobation  131
13. Creation   135
14. Providence   147
15. The Covenant of Nature, or of Works   193
16. On the Will   221-263

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Hill, George  d. 1819

Lectures in Divinity  Buy Pod

Hill was a leader of the moderate party (contra the evangelicals) in Scotland.  His textbook was widely influential, and according to Thomas Chalmers, was orthodox, though without the warm fervor that should attend evangelical doctrine.  Chalmers used the work with his students of divinity as a platform for his own lectures.  See Chalmers’ assessment of Hill’s divinity here.

Theological Institutes  Buy Pod

This is comprised of 3 parts: (1) Heads of Lectures in Divinity, (2) View of the Constitution of the Church of Scotland, (3) The Pastoral Office: public and private duties.

Smith, Marcus – An Epitome of Systematic Theology  Buy PoD  1829

Smith was an orthodox presbyterian in New York during the early 1800’s.  His theology is sound and good.

Dick, John – Lectures on Theology, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4  Buy  1834

Dick was an orthodox Scottish professor of theology in the Secession tradition.  Excellent systematic.

Belfrage, Henry – A Practical Exposition of the Assembly’s Shorter Catechism: Exhibiting a System of Theology in a Popular Form, and Particularly Adapted for Family Instruction, vols. 1, 2  1834 

Belfrage was an orthodox Scottish secessionist minister.

Chalmers, Thomas  d. 1847

Institutes of Theology, vols. 1, Buy PoD

Chalmers was a moderate turned evangelical and was one of the great leaders of the Free Church of Scotland.

Notes on Hill’s Lectures in Divinity  265 pages

Chalmers initially, before he wrote his own Institute of Theology, used George Hill’s (see above) Lectures in Divinity as a platform for lecturing to his students.  The first three pages give Chalmers’ assessment of Hill.

Morris, Edward Dafydd – Outlines of Lectures on the Christian Doctrine: Printed for the use of Students in Lane Theological Seminary  (1849)  Morris appears to be moderate in his views, as he is in his book on the Theology of the Westminster Symbols.

Morris (1825–1915) was a fixture at Lane Theological Seminary in Ohio for 30 years, a professor of Church history and systematic theology, a moderator for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PC-USA), a writer and pastor, and an important player in the effort to reunite the Old and New Schools of the PC-USA. 

Morris is remembered for his Theology of the Westminster Symbols.  See more at Logos.com.  B.B. Warfield gave Morris’s A Calm Review of the Inaugural Address of Prof. Charles A. Briggs (on Biblical Authority, Briggs being a liberal; the review is critical of Briggs) a favorable review.

See also Wikipedia on Lane Theological Seminary.

Bogue, David – Theological Lectures, vol. 1, 2  Buy PoD  1849

Bogue was a Scot who became a congregationalist in England and wrote the 3 volume, History of the Dissenters.

Woods, Leonard – Works, vol. 1 (Lectures: Prolegomena-Decrees), 2 (Providence-Regeneration), 3 (Regeneration-Personal Religion), 4 (Letters to Unitarians, Perfectionism), 5 (Letters, Tracts, Sermons)  1851

Woods (1774–1854) was a Harvard grad, a congregationalist minister and the first professor of Andover Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, USA.  He was an orthodox Calvinist known for his argumentation against Unitarianism.

Wardlaw, Ralph – Systematic Theology, vol. 1 (Proleg.-Evidences-God), 2 (Trinity-Atonement-Faith), 3 (Scripture-Regeneration-Sanctification-Final Things)  d. 1853

Wardlaw (1779-1853)

Anderson, Abraham – Lectures on Theology  Buy  1857  768 pp.

Anderson (1821-1855) was an American pastor in the Associate Presbyterian Church (from the Secession in Scotland) and a professor at their seminary in Cannonsburg, PA.  The outline of this systematic is based on the latin, Dutch refomed systematic of Johannes Marck (1656-1731).

Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church of Nova Scotia – A Course of Study in Systematic and Pastoral Theology and Ecclesiastical History  1857 

This contains only outlines of 130+ lectures on systematic theology.  The outlines themselves are very good, and the books for further reference listed at the end of each outline are even better. 

Hodge, A.A. 

Outlines of Theology  Buy PoD  1860

A.A. Hodge was the son of Charles Hodge and followed his father as a professor of systematic theology at Princeton.

Popular Lectures  Buy

Commentary on the Westminster Confession  Buy

Cunningham, William  d. 1861

Historical Theology, vol. 1,  vol. 2  Buy  1863  664 & 636 pp.

Cunningham was one of the bright lights of the Free Church of Scotland.  His historical theology covers most off the gamut of systematic theology, along with his work below on the theology of the Reformation.

The Reformers and the Theology of the ReformationBuy  1862  608 pp.  with a four page preface by James Buchanan and James Bannerman

Theological Lectures: on subjects connected with natural theology, evidences of Christianity, the canon and inspiration of Scripture,  Buy  1878  625 pp.

These lectures cover the content of chapter 1 of the Westminster Confession on Scripture.

Discussions on Church Principles: Popish, Erastian and Presbyterian,  Buy  1863, 565 pages, with a four page preface by James Buchanan and James Bannerman

Heppe, Heinrich – Reformed Dogmatics  Buy  1861  729 pages

Heppe collected a compendium of quotes from early reformed sources and organized them in the fashion of a systematic theology (many of which are inaccessible otherwise).  Invaluable.  Heppe gives a special emphasis to the German Reformed tradition.  Here is a helpful blog review of the book with the table of contents to the first three chapters.

Hodge, Charles

The Way of Life,  Buy  1842, 328 pages

Popular treatments of the practical teachings of Christianity aimed to produce holiness 

Conference Papers  Buy PoD 1879, 408 pages

Familiar Lord’s Day afternoon addresses to Princeton students, arranged in topical fashion

Systematic Theology, Re-typeset PDF,  Buy  1871

vol. 1 – Theology, 625 pages

vol. 2 – Anthropology, vol. 2, 695 pages

vol. 3 – Soteriology and Eschatology, 800 pages

Index, 120 pages

Hodge’s systematic is a classic and has rightly earned him a place as one of America’s preeminent theologians.  Below are some helpful accessories to his systematic:

Systematic Theology: a Series of Questions Upon the Lectures Delivered  Buy PoD  1865, 150 pages, by Charles Hodge

Questions on the Text of the Systematic Theology of Dr. Charles Hodge: Together with an Exhibition of Various Schemes Illustrating the Principles of Theological Construction  Buy PoD 1885, 196 pages, by A.A. Hodge, his son and successor at Princeton

A Review of Hodge’s Systematic Theology  Buy  1890, p. 229, 52 pages, by Robert L. Dabney, a southern presbyterian

Breckinridge, Robert  1869

The Knowledge of God Objectively Considered  Buy PoD

The Knowledge of God Subjectively Considered  Buy PoD

van Oosterzee, J.J. – Christian Dogmatics, vols. 1, Buy PoD

Oosterzee (1817 – 1882) was an orthodox Dutch professor of systematic theology at the University of Utrecht.

Thornwell, James, H. – Collected Writings, vols. 1, 2, 3, 4  Buy 1871

Volume 1: Theological; 2: Theological and Ethical; 3: Theological and Controversial; 4: Ecclesiastical

Dabney, Robert 

Systematic Theology  Buy  1878  915 pp.

Discussions  Buy  1890  This is the unedited version.  The Banner of Truth edition is heavily edited.

vol. 1 – Theological and Evangelical
vol. 2 – Evangelical and Theological
vol. 3 – Philosophical
vol. 4 – Secular
vol. 5 – Miscellaneous Writings

Plumer, William  d. 1880

Short Sermons to Little Children  Buy 1848

A systematic theology for children.

Short Sermons for the People  Buy

Something of a plain and simple systematic theology for regular people.

The Rock of Our Salvation: A Treatise respecting the natures, person, offices, work, sufferings, and glory of Jesus Christ  Buy

The Grace of Christ, or Sinners saved by unmerited kindness  Buy 1853

A Treatise on Providence  Buy 1866

Earnest Hours  Buy

‘Earnest hours’ was the term for the hours of Saturday evening before the Lord’s Day, as we ought to prepare for the Lord’s Day, and hence be earnest in these hours.  The book contains many systematic topics.

The Bible True and Infidelity Wicked  Buy PoD

The Law of God as Contained in the Ten Commandments explained and enforced  Buy 1864

Smith, Henry Boynton – System of Christian Theology  Buy PoD  1884

Smith was the professor of systematic theology at Union  Theological seminary.  He has some German liberal influences.

Shedd, William, G.T. – Dogmatic Theology, vols. 1, 2, 3  Buy 1888

Girardeau, John L.

Calvinism and Evangelical Arminianism,  Buy  HTML, 1890, 584 pages

This book covers the gamut of the breadth of soteriology.

Discussions of Philosophical Questions, 1900, 532 pages

A modern title to this book would be “Conflict of Worldviews”.  This work and the below work contain much of Girardeau’s writings on systematic issues.  Many in his day desired him to write a systematic theology, but it did not happen.

Discussions of Theological Questions  Buy  534 pages, see the ‘Buy’ link for the table of contents.

Contains, amongst other things, Girardeau’s significant contribution on the doctrine of adoption and the Fatherhood of God over all creation.

The Federal Theology: its Import and its Regulative Influence  Buy  55 pages 

A discussion of the nature and importance of Federal Headship, Imputation and Covenant Theology.  An important contribution.

The Will in its Theological Relations  Buy  1891, 485 pages

This is Girardeau’s significant contribution to the topic of Predestination.   In it, he (rightly) critiques Jonathan Edwards’ philosophical necessitarianism.

Schaff, Philip – Theological Propaedeutic: A General Introduction to the Study of Theology Exegetical, Historical, Systematic and Practical  Buy 1893

Schaff is most well-known for his volumes on the history of the Christian Church and also his Creeds of Christendom.  He was a professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York in the late-1800.  His denomination stemmed from the German Reformed tradition, though he was a particular proponent of the Mercersburg theology (not recommended).  He also had some German/liberal influences.

Orr, James

The Christian View of God and the World as Centering in the Incarnation  Buy PoD  1893

Sidelights on Christian Doctrine  Buy 1909

Orr was originally in the Free Church of Scotland, though joined with the merger in 1900 into the United Free Church of Scotland.  He became a professor with the latter, and consistent with the trajectory, had some weak (erroneous) points in his theology, the the whole of it was mainly sound and conservative.

The Progess of Dogma  Buy  1901

This is Orr’s work on historical theology.

Denny, James – Studies in Theology  Buy  1894

Denny was a professor in systematic theology and the N.T. from 1897-1915 at Glasgow College, Scotland.  He defended orthodoxy from liberalism but was willing to concede that the Bible might contain minor errors.

Vos, Geerhardus – Reformed Dogmatics, 5 vols.  Buy  1896

This very significant systematic was only translated from the Dutch by Richard Gaffin in the last few years.  Currently (2015) only the first three volumes are in print, but all five volumes are available on Logos, the Bible software system (for a cheaper price).

Bavinck, Herman

Our Reasonable Faith Buy  1956, 576 pages, a one volume popular digest of his four volume Reformed Dogmatics

Reformed Dogmatics, 4 volumes,  Buy  3,024 pages

A major contribution to systematic theology from the Dutch church.  Bavinck is always careful, balanced and historical in his treatment of Biblical doctrines.  You won’t go wrong with him.  Put down your modern systematic theologies and read a real theologian.

Macpherson, John – Christian Dogmatics  Buy  1898

Macpherson was an eminent professor of Free Church of Scotland.

Kuyper, Abraham

Encyclopedia of Sacred Theology: Its Principles  1898  720 pp.

Kuyper’s dogmatics are still in Dutch, but what little of his works are being translated in English, we will add here.

Lectures on Calvinism   1898  290 pp.

Pro Rege: Living Under Christ’s Kingship, vol. 1  Buy  vol. 2  Buy

The Work of the Holy Spirit  700 pp.

Particular Grace: A Defense of God’s Sovereignty in Salvation  Buy

On the Church  Buy

Rooted and Grounded: The Church as Organism and Institution  Buy

The Biblical Criticism of the Present Day  60 pp.

Common Grace: God;s Gifts for a Fallen World, vol. 1  Buy  vol. 2  Buy

The Antithesis Between Symbolism and Revelation: a Lecture  1857  22 pp.

Our Program: a Christian Political Manifesto  Buy  432 pp.

The Problem of Poverty  Buy

The South-African Crisis  85 pp.

On Islam  Buy

To be Near unto God  620 pp.

The Practice of Godliness  Buy

Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader  ed. James Bratt  Buy

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1900’s  (23)

Bosma, M.J. – Exposition of Reformed Doctrine: A Popular Explanation of the Most Essential Teachings of the Reformed Churches  1907  307 pp.

Bosma was an American, Dutch reformed pastor in Grand Rapids.

Various – The Fundamentals, 4 vols.  Buy  1909

This was the foundational work of fundamentalism as a counter-response to the growing liberalism of the day.  These volumes were intended to be a systematic defense of Christianity against liberal errors.  It includes 100 articles authored by leading scholars including B. B. Warfield, James Orr, G. Campbell Morgan, Charles Erdman, H. C. G. Moule, and Bishop Ryle.  This set is solid.  It does not contain the numerous distinctive weaknesses that fundamentalism would later develop.

ed. Kidd, B.J. – Documents of the Continental Reformation  Buy  1911

‘Kidd compiled over 350 selections from crucial Lutheran and Reformed documents. This work was a standard in classrooms for years. It is primarily of value to academics, since many of the selections are in Latin and French. Included are documents predating the Lutheran reformation, through the Ninety-five Theses, to the Peace of Augsburg (1555). The Reformed tradition is represented by Zwingli, Farel, and Calvin, including the disputes with Anabaptists. The collection closes with a selection of Calvinism beyond Geneva, with representative documents from France, the Netherlands, and Scotland.’

Clark, David – A Syllabus of Systematic Theology  Buy  1920

David Clark was Gordon Clark’s father.  The book is dedicated to the Princeton scholars A.A. Hodge, Francis Patton and John Cairns, his professors in systematic theology.

Warfield, Benjamin, B.  d. 1921

Works, vol. 1 – Revelation and Inspiration  Buy

Warfield, an old Princeton scholar, was one of the greatest Biblical scholars of the 20th century.

Works, vol. 2 – Biblical Doctrines  Buy

Works, vol. 9 – Biblical and Theological Studies  Buy

The Person and Work of Christ  Buy

The Lord of Glory  Buy  1907

An exhaustive book-length, Biblical defense of the divinity of Christ from nearly every N.T. passage that related to it. 

The Right of Systematic Theology  Buy  1892  97 pp.

The Plan of Salvation  Buy  1915, 133 pp. 

This is a very important work.  It lays out systematically the differing views of the order of God’s decrees and argues for Calvinistic Infralapsarianism. 

Webb, Robert 

Christian Salvation: its Doctrine and Experience  Buy PoD  1921

“Webb (1856-1919), professor of apologetics and systematic theology at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of Kentucky at Louisville (1909-1919), writes from a Reformed and Presbyterian perspective.” – Robert L. Reymond

This work has a similar layout as John Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied.  The Doctrine of Christian Salvation is salvation accomplished; the experience of it is salvation applied.

The Reformed Doctrine of Adoption  Buy

This is one of the few book length works that reformed theology has given us on the doctrine of adoption.  In it is included the doctrine of the covenants, related doctrines of salvation and of the Fatherhood of God over all mankind by creation.

Theology of Infant Salvation  Buy

Webb argues Biblically and historically that all infants dying in infancy are elect and go to heaven (a popular view amongst 1800’s reformed American theologians).  This work touches on much of soteriology, though this webmaster has found the Biblical (and some of the historical arguments) unpersuasive.  

Boettner, Loraine

Studies in Theology  Buy

While not a complete systematic theology, it includes sections on: 1) Inspiration of Scripture, 2) Christian Supernaturalism, 3) The Trinity, 4) The Person of Christ and 5) The Atonement.

The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination  Buy  1932

Immortality  Buy

Roman Catholicism  Buy

The Millennium  Buy

Boettner argues for postmillennialism 

Lecerf, Auguste – An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics  Buy  d. 1943

Dr. Lecerf (1872-1943) was a professor in the Protestant Faculty of Theology, University of Paris and was an orthodox calvinist.

Kersten, G.H.

Reformed Dogmatics, 2 vols.  Buy  d. 1948

Kersten (1882-1948) was a very high calvinist, Dutch-American, reformed theologian.  Though orthodox, the denominarion he helped to lead, the Netherlands Reformed Congregations, has since become hyper-calvinistic.

A Treatise of the Compendium  Buy  (Netherlands Reformed Book & Publishing Co., 1989)  144 pp.

“Our Synod of 1956 decided to have the explanation of our ‘Compendium,’ written by the late G.H. Kersten, translated for publication in the English language.”

Berkouwer, G.C. – Studies in Dogmatics,14 volumes  Buy  1949–1972

Berkouwer was a professor of systematic theology at the Free University of Amsterdam (the university that Abraham Kuyper started in Holland) from 194-1976.  He comes from a critical reformed perspective and is weak on
Scripture and Election.

Berkhof, Louis

Summary of Christian Doctrine, HTML  Buy  166 pages

One of the best, easy to read introductions to the Christian faith at the beginner level.

Manual of Christian Doctrine  Buy  372 pages

A concise and easy to read, medium length abridgment of his Systematic Theology

Introduction to Systematic Theology  Buy 

This covers Prolegomena issues such as theological definition and method, and General and Special Revelation.  It was published initially as a separate work and has not always been included in editions of the his systematic theology.

Systematic Theology, HTML  Buy 784 pages

This is a classic, brief, one volume systematic theology.  It was originally intended to be an abbreviated summary of the thought of Bavinck’s four volume Reformed Dogmatics.  The online link does not include Berkhof’s introduction to systematic theology, though the copy for purchase linked does.

Various – Contemporary Evangelical Thought: Basic Christian Doctrines, ed. Carl Henry  Buy  1962, 301 pages

This contains 43 chapters, in systematic form, from many of the leading evangelical teachers in America from the mid-1900’s, including: Allis,Berkouwer, Bromiley, F.F. Bruce, Buswell, Geldenhuys, Gerstner, Hoekema, Philip Hughes, Klooster, Leon Morris, Motyer, John Murray, Roger Nicole, J.I. Packer, Van Til et al.

Buswell, Oliver – Systematic Theology  Buy  1962

Buswell was a professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary from 1956-70.  While reformed and presbyterian, he has broad evangelical influences, is premillennial and defends evidential apologetics.

“…provides interesting and original interpretations of many biblical texts.  His systematics is very readable.” – Robert L. Reymond

Kuiper, R.B.  d. 1966

The Bible Tells us So  Buy

This is a short systematic for beginners.  At the same time it is worth the reference of the advanced student to read the concise thoughts of this great Dutch-American theologian.

The Glorious Body of Christ  Buy

This is a medium length systematic theology on the Church.  Unique in its field, solid, balanced and very much worth the read.

Packer, J.I. 

Knowing God  Buy

Concise Theology: a Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs  Buy  288 pages

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God  Buy  126 pages

Hoeksema, Herman – Reformed Dogmatics  Buy  This is now being published in a 2 vol. edition.

Hoeksema (1886-1965) was one of the founding ‘fathers’ of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC), a Dutch denomination in America.

Due to Hoeksema’s tendency towards hyper-calvinism, his significant errors regarding covenant theology and his adamant denial of common grace, this systematic is not recommended.

“Hoeksema’s variance with the Westminster standards may be seen on many points of doctrine. But more that disagreement on a number of individual points, there is a systemic contrast. His opposition to the free offer is not incidental to his theology, but is integral to his wide-ranging reconstruction of covenant theology.” – Sherman Isbell, ‘Samuel Rutherford and the Preached Covenant’ in ed. Vogan, Samuel Rutherford – An Introduction to his Theology (Scottish Reformation Society, 2012)

Murray, John

Collected Writings, vols. 1, 2 of 4  Buy  d. 1975

Volumes 1 and 2 hit most of the topics of systematic theology.  Much of the content can be found online at Monergism.

Redemption Accomplished and Applied  Buy

This covers most of soteriology and is some of the best on the topic.

The Imputation of Adam’s Sin  Buy

Invaluable for clearly discerning and navigating the issues.

Christian Baptism  Buy

Murray expounds numerous issues related to baptism, including its meaning, who should be baptized, infant baptism and baptism by sprinkling.

Henry, Carl – God, Revelation and Authority, 6 vols.  Buy  1976-83 

Henry was an influential evangelical of the mid-1900’s and professor of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.  His work is massive, philosophical and something of a bedrock in its field.  While not a complete systematic theology, it is a more than complete defense of the doctrine of God and revelation.

Boice, James Montgomery – Foundations of the Christian Faith: a Comprehensive and Readable Theology  Buy  1986

“Boice, pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, writes popularly form a Reformed and Presbyterian perspective.  The laity will find Boice’s volumes very helpful.” – Robert L. Reymond

This work was previously published in 4 vols.: The Sovereign God (1978), God the Redeemer (1978), Awakening to God (1979), God and History (1981).

Muller, Richard – Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics, 4 vols.  Buy  1987

Muller is one of the world’s leading reformed historians.  This set is why.  Muller analyzes and summarizes both the reformation and later puritan theology of the 1500-1600’s in the layout of a systematic theology.  The four volumes do not include the whole of systematic theology, but only the beginning part, including: (1) Prolegomena (beginning things), (2) Holy Scripture, (3) God’s nature and attributes, and (4) the Triunity of God.

Finlayson, R.A. – Reformed Theological Writings  Buy  d. 1989  272 pages

Finlayson was one of the last century’s best reformed theologians in the world, though unknown to many in America.  He was a professor of systematic theology in the Free Church of Scotland.  This, one of his main works, follows the order of the Westminster Confession in expositing the Christian faith.  Though this is a medium sized work, the most knowledgeable person in systematics will find many insights and much that is original and helpful.

ed. Johnson, William & John Leith – Reformed Reader: A Sourcebook in Christian Theology: Volume 1: Classical Beginnings, 1519-1799  Buy  1993  See the ‘Look Inside’ link on the Buy link for the table of contents and a preview.

This volume, as it is an anthology for early Reformed Theology laid out in systematic form (some of which selections are not easily available elsewhere), is great.  Volume 2, from 1800 to the modern day, is largely a collection of liberal ambiguity and is not worthy your time or money.

Smith, Morton

Systematic Theology, 2 volumes  Buy  1994

Smith was a founding professor of both RTS, Jackson and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  This set is something of the form of notes that he used for much of his classes on systematics.  His focus is on the Dutch and Southern Presbyterians.

Testimony  Buy  1986  148 pp.

This work is a brief systematic overview of Christian theology at the beginner or intermediate level.

Bahnsen, Greg – ‘Outline of Systematic Theology’  †1955  41 pp.  This outline was designed for eldership training

Sproul, R.C.   (in order of simple to more in-depth)

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith  Buy  1998

Sproul writes for the person in between an adult Sabbath school class and seminary.  Sproul systematically explains 100 doctrines of the Christian faith.  If you are a new Christian, this book will be helpful; if otherwise, see below.

What is Reformed Theology?  Understanding the Basics  Buy  

Sproul covers foundations of the Reformed Faith and the 5-Points of Calvinism.

Everyone’s a Theologian: an Introduction to Systematic Theology  Buy

A step up from the previous work, but perhaps one of the most readable and engaging beginner systematic theologies out there.  Great for the common Christian.

Chosen by God  Buy

The modern, beginner classic on unconditional election and God’s full predestination.  This work has taught a whole generation of emerging reformed folk.  The weakness of the book is that it is a bit school-book-like and is lacking in experiential relevance, savor and depth.  For the latter see works on the same topic by John Newton or Charles Spurgeon.

Truths we Confess: a Layman’s Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith, 3 vols.  Buy  2006-7

A commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith, forming a layman’s Systematic Theology.

Reymond, Robert – A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith  Buy  1998  1,210 pp.

This is one of the better newer systematic theologies.  Reymond was a professor at Covenant Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary for over 25 years.  Reymond follows in the lead of Gordon Clark on numerous issues.  See the review of W. Gary Crampton.

The work does have important weaknesses to stay away from, including the non-Augustinian teaching that time is co-ordinate with God, and, in some editions, a bringing into question the Son’s eternal begotteness.  

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Rushdoony, R.J. – Systematic Theology, vol. 1, 2  1994/2000

Rushdoony (1916–2001) was something of the father of the modern Reconstructionist and Theonomy movement.  He often uses innovative paradigms, and, for that reason, is not always a reliable guide.

Cheung, Vincent – Systematic Theology  Buy  2001

This systematic is self published.  Cheung largely follows in the footsteps of Gordon Clark and emphasizes philosophical aspects of the Christian faith.  The systematic does not include sections on ecclessiology and eschatology.  Other works of his, some of which are of a systematic nature, are here.

Van Genderen and Velema – Concise Reformed Dogmatics  Buy  2008, 944 pages

See Dr. McGraw’s review.  For an extensive review, see James E. Dolezal, The Confessional Presbyterian, vol. 5, 2009, 278-283.

Kelly, Douglas – Systematic Theology, 3 vols.  Buy  2009

Kelly was a long-time professor at RTC Charlotte.  Only the first two volumes are out now (2015).  The third will be coming, Lord willing, shortly.

Gamble, Richard – The Whole Counsel of God: Volume 1: God’s Mighty Acts in the Old Testament  Buy  2009, 718 pp.

See Dr. McGraw’s review.

Horton, Michael – The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way  Buy  2011, 1052 pp.

See Dr. McGraw’s review.

Beeke, Joel and Mark Jones – A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life  Buy  2012, 1060 pp.

Here are 60 chapters, each analyzing the puritans, or a given puritan, on a specific doctrine, laid out after the form of a systematic theology.  While this volume will be welcome to any that love the puritans, contains much heart religion and valuable contributions are made on numerous topics, sometimes the chapters read like a series of 20 page seminary papers. 

Bray, Gerald 

God is Love: a Biblical and Systematic Theology  Buy  2012  768 pp.

God has Spoken: a History of the Christian Theology  Buy  2014

The Faith we Confess: an Exposition of the 39 Articles  Buy  2009

The Doctrine of God  Buy  1992

The Church: a Theological and Historical Account  Buy  2016  288 pp.

Yours is the Kingdom: a Systematic Theology of the Lord’s Prayer  Buy  2007, 208 pp.

editor, Documents of the English Reformation  Buy  1995  674

‘The Trinity: Where do we go from here?’  in ed. McGowan, A.T., Always Reforming: Explorations in Systematic Theology  Buy  2007  365 pp.

editor, We Believe in One God (Ancient Christian Doctrine)  Buy  2009, 201 pp.

Knowing Jesus  Buy  1986  192 pp.

A Christian Theological Language  Buy  1989  38 pp.

Frame, John – Systematic Theology: an Introduction to Christian Belief  Buy  2013  View the table of contents through the ‘Look Inside’ link on Amazon.

Frame views and organizes Christian Theology through the Lordship of God and ‘tri-perspectivalism‘.  Not recommended.  His views on worship are atrocious.  Here is a 240 page excerpt.  

Allen, Michael & Scott R. Swain – Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic  Buy  (Baker, 2016) 416 pp.

Beeke, Joel & Paul Smalley – Reformed Systematic Theology, vol. 1: Revelation & God  Buy  2019  This will be a mutli-volume set.

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