The WCF and the Cessation of Special Revelation -- Milne

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  1. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    For those who may be interested in studying this issue, The Westminster Confession of Faith and the Cessation of Special Revelation: The Majority Puritan Viewpoint on Whether Extra-Biblical Prophecy is Still Possible (2007) by Garnet Howard Milne (foreword by Joel Beeke) seems to be an extremely comprehensive treatment. For the edification of the brethren, I decided to post the table of contents here.

    CONTENTS

    Foreword by Joel Beeke - xiii
    Preface - xv
    List of Abbreviations - xix

    Introduction - 1

    Chapter 1
    The Westminster Assembly: Socio-political and Religious Context, Theological Inheritance and Constitution
    1.1 Introduction - 10
    1.2 Socio-political and Religious Context - 13
    1.2.1 European Context - 14
    1.2.2 English Context - 19
    1.2.3 English and Scottish Events in their British Context - 22
    1.2.4 Eschatological Fervour and the Interest in Prophecy - 35
    1.2.5 Challenges from Variant Theologies - 40
    1.3 Theological Inheritance - 42
    1.3.1 Augustine - 43
    1.3.2 Thomas Aquinas - 44
    1.3.3 John Calvin - 45
    1.4 The Immediate Predecessors of the Assembly - 48
    1.4.1 William Perkins - 49
    1.5 Acknowledged Sources of the Westminster Theology - 52
    1.5.1 William Whitaker - 52
    1.5.2 James Usher - 59
    1.5.3 John Ball - 60
    1.6 Assessing the Contributions of the Westminster Divines - 62
    1.7 Conclusion - 65

    Chapter 2
    The Necessity and Scope of Special Revelation
    2.1 Introduction - 67
    2.2 The Limitations of General Revelation - 68
    2.3 Special Revelation and WCF 1:1 - 74
    2.4 The Westminster Definition of Salvation - 77
    2.4.1 Salvation in the Other Works of the Westminster Divines - 82
    2.5 Salvation and the Necessity of Scripture - 98
    2.5.1 The Scriptures are Necessary in Both an Absolute and a Conditional Sense - 99
    2.5.2 The Scriptures are Necessary for Both Personal and Holistic Redemption - 104
    2.6 Conclusion - 108

    Chapter 3
    The Obsolescence of the Former Modalities of Special Revelation
    3.1 Introduction - 109
    3.2 An Exegetical Tradition
    3.2.1 Ephesian 1:17-18 and the Promise of New Revelations - 113
    3.2.2 Hebrews 1:1-2: Scripture the Sole Source of Special Revelation - 123
    3.2.3 Joel 2:28-32 and Acts 2:17 - 133
    3.3 Extra-biblical Modalities Relegated to the Past - 140
    3.4 Conclusion - 145

    Chapter 4
    Clarifying the Claims to Continuationism
    4.1 Introduction - 146
    4.2 Cessationism and Dreams - 147
    4.2.1 Consigning Revelatory Dreams to the Past - 147
    4.2.2 Spiritualised Dreaming - 148
    4.2.3 Dreams and Puritan Providentialism - 149
    4.3 Continuationism among the Reformed Orthodox - 153
    4.3.1 Two Forms of Supernatural Revelation - 154
    4.3.2 The Inconclusive Witness of Some Claims to Revelation - 155
    4.3.3 Stricter Continuationists/Continuationism - 159
    4.4 The Quaker Polemic - Reaction to the Westminster Cessationist View - 166
    4.5 Conclusion - 176

    Chapter 5
    Prophecy and the Westminster Divines
    5.1 Introduction - 177
    5.2 Other Puritan Forms of Discerning Secrets or the Future - 180
    5.3 Puritan Exegetical Conclusions Concerning New Testament Prophecy - 188
    5.3.1 The Simple Assertion of the Cessation of Gifts - 193
    5.3.2 Why Prophecy is No Longer Necessary - 194
    5.3.3 Summary - 203
    5.4 The Explanation of the Puritan Acceptance of Contemporary Prophecy - 203
    5.4.1 The Possibility of Contemporary Prophecy - 206
    5.5 Conclusion - 217

    Chapter 6
    Prophecy and the Scots
    6.1 Introduction: The Tradition of Miraculous Divine Intervention - 219
    6.2 John Knox - 221
    6.3 "Prophecy" and the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly - 224
    6.3.1 Robert Baillie, Archibald Johnston and Samuel Rutherford - 224
    6.3.2 Alexander Henderson and Robert Blair - 234
    6.3.3 George Gillespie - 237
    6.3.3.1 INTERNAL CONTRADICTIONS - 240
    6.3.3.2 ON THE CESSATION OF THE OTHER MIRACULOUS GIFTS - 241
    6.3.3.3 A DISTINCTION BETWEEN MODERN AND BIBLICAL PROPHETS - 241
    6.3.3.4 A CONTINUATIONIST GILLESPIE IN A CESSATIONIST ASSEMBLY - 243
    6.3.3.5 LINKING THE "MISCELLANY" TO THE ASSEMBLY DEBATES - 244
    6.3.3.6 GILLESPIE'S COMMITMENT TO WESTMINSTER ORTHDOXY - 244
    6.3.3.7 GILLESPIE AS PROPHET - 246
    6.4 An Enduring Legacy - 247
    6.4.1 James Durham - 247
    6.4.2 Robert Fleming - 250
    6.4.3 James Hog - 252
    6.4.4 Edward Irving and the London Scottish Presbytery - 253
    6.4.5 John Kennedy - 255
    6.5 Conclusion - 256

    Chapter 7
    Subscription and the Westminster Confession of Faith
    7.1 Introduction - 257
    7.2 An Ambiguous Cessationist Clause? - 258
    7.3 Subscription in England - 262
    7.3.1 Episcopalians - 263
    7.3.2 Non-conformists -264
    7.3.3 The Westminster Divines - 267
    7.3.4 Presbyterians - 271
    7.4 Subscription in Scotland - 275
    7.4.1 The Use of Subscription Formulas - 277
    7.5 Conclusion - 283

    Conclusion - 285

    Appendix
    Private Spirits - 291
    8.1 Private Spirits as Personal Opinion - 292
    8.2 Private Spirits as the Private Revelations of the "Enthusiasts" - 294

    Bibliography - 299
    Index - 329
     
  2. CarlosOliveira

    CarlosOliveira Puritan Board Freshman

    Simply, an outstanding, groundbreaking and remarkable book! Highly recommended!
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2008
  3. JohnOwen007

    JohnOwen007 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Fantastic. Thanks for letting us know Andrew. I've been waiting for the release of this for ages ... can't wait!

    :banana::banana::banana::banana:
     
  4. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    :up: There is also a blurb about the book at the website of the Reformed Presbyterian Covenanter Society.
     
  5. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    I finally finished reading this today. I highly commend it. It was very educational, well documented, and Biblically and confessionally sound. :up::up::up:
     
  6. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Great...

    I've got so many books on my list to read I feel like Burgess Meredith in that episode of the Twilight Zone.
     
  7. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    BTW, how much is 20 pounds in US dollars?
     
  8. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Before the glasses broke ---> [​IMG]

    "So many books, so little time.." "Time Enough At Last"
     
  9. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Nice emoticon! We should have that available on PB!
     
  10. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

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  12. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Looks good.
     
  13. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Now available at RHB for $32.50.
     
  14. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Darn, I thought you were going to say, "Now available online here."
     
  15. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    Oh well! I ordered it from Wipf and Stock before seeing the better price from RHB. John Wipf and I went to seminary together. Guess I might as well give him some business.
     
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