“If you confess that God is “without passions,” you may have wondered about the meaning of that phrase, as many have. But it is of great importance to the doctrine of God. And indeed when removed, the entire doctrine unravels. Understanding this phrase requires one to understand not only the language being used, but also the doctrinal affirmations that precede it. Confessing God “without passions” is one piece of a much larger interrelated and interdependent system.
For those who desire to study this topic so as to confess with sincerity and a clear conscience that God is “without passions,” this book will fulfill the task. Drawing from sixty authors (ten of whom were Westminster Divines), this reader provides a clear picture of both the specific meaning of the phrase “without passions” as well as the larger theological context in which it is placed. After a foreword by Carl Trueman and an introduction, there are six chapters and an appendix:
1. The Reformation (1523-1565)
2. Early Orthodoxy (1565-1640)
3. High Orthodoxy (1640-1700)
4. Particular Baptists
5. Philosophical Works
6. Confessional Documents
Appendix: Definitions of Affections and Passions
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