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Why Robert Letham is Always Helpful

December 11, 2009

I just finished Robert Letham’s new book The Westminster Assembly: Reading its Theology in Historical Context.  I thought the book was incredibly helpful on the topic – probably the most definitive work on what it was trying to accomplish (correct historical misunderstandings of the Assembly and give an answer to the Calvin and the Calvinists debate).  I added it to the pile of great books and articles that Letham has already published.  Which made me wonder why he is always so helpful.  Two reasons I came up with:

  1. Its difficult to find scholars who are experts in both Patristic and Reformational studies.  Scholars who are experts in one tend to be helpful in their area of expertise and anachronistic of the other.  However, those who have read anything by Robert Letham know that Letham is one of those unique scholars.  His works, ranging from Christology to Eastern Orthodoxy, all display a vast knowledge of patristic to contemporary sources.
  2. He is a great historian and theologian.  Maybe I am the only one who has come across the problem of a church historian who attempts to be a theologian throughout his book and fails miserably.  Sadly, historians are often times bad theologians and vise versa.  Letham’s books on the Trinity and the work of Christ, however, display his expertise in both disciplines.

Here is a page with all his published books.

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