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REFORMATION BOOKSHELF CD (Volume Eleven)
Reformation Authors (9/10)
David Calderwood, the Covenanted General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, John Howie, John Calvin, the Reformed Presbytery (RPNA), J.A. Wylie, the famous Synod of Dort (1618-1619), Thomas Manton, George Gillespie, Samuel Rutherford, Matthew Henry, C.H. Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards,John Owen, John Brown (of Wamphray),John Brown (of Haddington), Francis Turretin,James Durham, John Howie, William Hetherington,David Steele,Samuel Miller, John Girardeau, Edward Fisher, Robert Shaw, A.W. Pink, Loraine Boettner, Augustus Toplady, Andrew Symington, Patrick Fairbairn, William Roberts, Richard Baxter,William Cunningham, John Anderson, Andrew Clarkson, David Scott, John Cunningham, George Smeaton, Larry Birger, Francis Rouse, Dr. F. Nigel Lee, Bill Mencarow, James Douglas, Michael Wagner, the Puritan Reformed Church of Edmonton (Session),Greg Price, Lyndon Dohms (on PRCE session), Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, et al.
This CD contains:
The Altar of Damascus or the Pattern of the English Hierarchy, and Church Policy Obtruded Upon the Church of Scotland(1621)
Considered by many to be one of the major classics of Reformation thought regarding worship and church government.
The "Altare," or Altar of Damascus (a title founded on 2 Kings 16: 10-11), isCalderwood's masterpiece, and contains an elaborate examination of the constitution and ceremonies of the Church of England (and thus Prelacy and the English Popish ceremonies which the most faithful Reformers have always condemned--RB). The original of the Latin work was a tract in English, published in 1621. It is said that King James, on reading this looked melancholy, and being asked the cause pointed to the formidable treatise. "Let not that trouble your majesty," said the courtier, "I shall soon answer it." "Answer what man"" replied the King, "there is nothing there but Scripture, reason, and the fathers" (Johnston,Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 284).
The "Altare Damascenum" is beyond comparison the most learned and elaborate work ever written on the subject, embracing the whole controversy between the English and Scottish divines as to government, discipline, and worship ( T. M'Mcrie as cited in Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 284).
This volume is the English "tract" (of 222 pages) referenced above.
The History of the Kirk of Scotland (8 volumes)
"The extensive learning and eminent talents of the Rev. David Calderwood, his matured experience in ecclesiastical affairs, and especially in those of his native country, the persecutions he had endured for his beloved Church, and the numerous works he had written in its defence, all qualified him, in the happiest manner, for becoming a Historian of the Kirk of Scotland. Above all, when the narrative was to be one of struggle and suffering, in which the principalities and powers of the earth, as well as those of darkness, were the antagonists, the record of such a conflict fell most aptly into the hands of a man whom a monarch had in vain attempted to brow-beat, and a whole hierarchy to silence.His own heart also appears to have affectionately inclined towards this his most congenial occupation, so that, after his return from exile, he spent many years in collecting and arranging the materials necessary for such an important task. At last, when he had reached his seventy-third year, the General Assembly, for the purpose of enabling him to perfect his work, granted him an annual pension of 800 pounds Scots. Calderwood died only two years afterwards; but he lived to accomplish his purpose of writing the History of our National Church from the commencement of the Reformation to the close of the reign of James the Sixth, in two, if not three successive and copious revisals" (Preface to volume one, pp. v-vi).
More on the prominent role Calderwood played in the church of his day is supplied by Johnston, in hisTreasury of the Scottish Covenant(p. 47), when he writes that "the Second Book of Discipline was sworn to in the National Covenant in 1581, and revised by the Assembly of 1638. The most important parts of the book were legalized in 1592, and again in 1690. Calderwood, the historian, edited "The First and Second Book of Discipline," printed in 1621."
Furthermore, the Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology(p. 118) tells us that Calderwood was
"excluded from the church courts when he opposed Bishop James Law of Orkney's (FES VII, 322) substitution of royal supporters in place of the Presbytery's duly elected representatives to the General Assembly. But when King James VI visited Scotland in 1617, Calderwood and 54 other ministers meeting in Edinburgh wrote a protest against the King's intention that the monarch and men of his preference should appoint forms of worship and discipline in the Church. Calderwood was required to appear with Archibald Simson before the King at St. Andrews,where from his knees he boldly opposed the King's will and asserted the freedom of the General Assembly to control the Church's ceremonies and government (emphasis added, and some today say these are points of little or no consequence -- how different from our Reformed forefathers--RB).Calderwood was deprived of his charge, imprisoned and banished. In 1619 he went to Holland, whence he issued anonymously his monumental critique of English episcopacy,The Altar of Damascus(n.p., 1621), greatly enlarged in Latin...Calderwood's writings were erudite and widely persuasive, preparing the way for the restoration of Presbyterian practice at the 'Second Reformation'...With Alexander Henderson and David Dickson he was appointed by the General Assembly of 1643 to draft a directory for public worship, to fill a need for guidelines after the episcopal conventions had been removed (in keeping with the Solemn League and Covenant--RB)."
The same article, commenting on this eight volume history, relates, "it is a major source for the history of the Church of Scotland from the Reformation until 1625."
This massive set (of over 6000 pages) was printed between 1842 and 1849. It contains a 171 page index and Thomson's "Life of David Calderwood." The contents are listed and dealt with chronologically by year; beginning in the preamble with the descent of the Scots from the ancient Gauls, but formally covering the period (focusing to the church) from 1514 to 1625. Documents and information available no where else (that we know of) are also included in this set. Must reading for researchers and those interested in church history!
The Pastor and the Prelate or Reformation and Conformity Shortly Compared (First American edition of 1844).
This 17th century work refutes prelacy. Calderwood, bound by solemn oath to defend the doctrine and discipline of Biblical Presbyterian government and worship, and to oppose the hierarchy, along with all rites and ceremonies added to the worship of God, does a masterful job here. He uses the Word of God and the proceedings of the ancient and Reformation churches to make his points. He deals with controversies over things "indifferent," people's souls, state and society, etc. -- as they are affected by these two systems of government. He points out the far reaching consequences of the implementation of various systems of church government and worship, showing how these specific ideas are eventually mirrored in the culture in general. Summarizing, he notes the classic saying concerning these matters and their consequences in the civil realm, "no ceremony no bishop, no bishop no king," and in the ecclesiastical arena, "no ceremony no prelate, no prelate no pope."
The True History of the Church of Scotland, From the Beginning of the Reformation, unto the end of the Reigne of King James VI (1678)
This is the officially sanctioned history of the Church of Scotland, written, as the title page notes, by "appointment of the General Assembly, by whom his laboures herein were several times revised and examined, and at length approved for the Press." The title continues: "Wherein, besides some touches of the Civil State and Alteration of Affaires, in their due order; there is not only a series of the Assemblies, and of the Principal of their Actings recorded; but also a full and plaine Relation of the Trials and Troubles, which the Church did meet with from Enemies to the purity of the Doctrine, Worship, Discipline and Government; of the several Alterations, caused or occasioned thereby; of the many sad and lamentable faintings and backslidings of Persons, sometimes eminent in the Church; of the faithful contendings of others for the Prerogatives of Christ, as the alone Head of the Church, for the purity of His Institutions, and for the Liberty and Privileges of His Church and Kingdom, against all the Enemies thereof; and particularly against Erastianisme and Prelacy, the two grand Enemies of the Discipline and Government of the Church of Christ, and of their sad sufferings upon the account thereof." 845 pages.
COVENANTED GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND
COVENANTED GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND
Directions of the General Assembly Concerning Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification, For Cherishing Piety, For Maintaining Unity, and Avoiding Schism and Division. With An Act for observing these Directions, and for censuring such as use to neglect Family Worship. And An Act against such as withdraw themselves from the Public Worship in their own Congregations (1647)
COVENANTED GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND (Alexander Peterkin, editor)
Records of the Kirk of Scotland, Containing the Acts and Proceedings of the General Assemblies, From the Year 1638 Downwards, As Authenticated by the Clerks of Assembly; With Notes and Historical Illustrations, by Alexander Peterkin(1838 edition)
"The object of the present work is to present to the public, in a form that may be generally accessible, the history of one of the most interesting periods in the annals of our National Church, by the republication of the Acts and Proceedings, at, and subsequent to, the era of hersecond Reformation; and, combined therewith, such historical documents and sketches as are calculated to preserve the memory of an important, and, ultimately beneficial revolution," notes Peterkin in his introduction.
This is one of the most valuable publications we offer related to second Reformation history and the many important questions that were debated (and oftentimes settled) during this watershed period -- before, during and after the sitting of the Westminster Assembly. The interaction between the Scottish general Assembly and the Westminster Assembly is most fascinating and instructive -- affording many insights into the production and development of the Westminster Standards!It also contains some indispensable information on theProtester/Resolutioner controversy(which reveals many valuable lessons for Reformed Christians today), including excerpts from some lost books and papers written by the Protesting Covenanters. The excerpts from James Guthrie'sThe Waters of Sihor, or the Lands Defectione, in which Guthrie enumerates the errors of the Resolutioners, as well as the marks of malignancy, is one prime example.Other rare Protester documents (inveighing against the "pretended Assemblies" of the Resolutioners), signed by the likes of Samuel Rutherford and Robert Traill are also included.Very rare and very valuable -- a gold mine for the serious student of the covenanted Reformation! 684 pages.
Also freeon this CD are the following audio (MP3) tracks:
John Howie - Biographia Scoticana: or, A Brief Historical Account of the Lives, Characters, and Memorable Transactions of the Most Eminent Scots Worthies (7/21) (Second edition, corrected and enlarged, 1781) (Contains the life of Samuel Rutherford, David Calderwood, Hugh Binning, James Durham, et al.)
John Howie - "James Stewart and John Knox: Scotland's 'Two Sons of Oil'"from Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies), as read by Larry Birger.
Greg Price - Remember the Sabbath Day 1/5
Greg Price - Remember the Sabbath Day 2/5
Greg Price - Remember the Sabbath Day 3/5
Greg Price - Remember the Sabbath Day 4/5
Greg Price - Remember the Sabbath Day 5/5
This CD contains approximately 13,136 pages of material.