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CALVINISM: Pure & Mixed- A Defense of the Westminster Standards
William G.T. Shedd (1820-1894)

Revision (or evasion) of doctrinal standards has been a destructive influence in church life over the last one hundred years or so. W.G.T. Shedd witnessed such a trend in the Northern Presbyterian Church of his own day with regard to The Westminster Confession of Faith. Calvinism: Pure and Mixed expresses the reason for his opposition to that trend. Calvinism: Pure and Mixed is virtually a defense of the reformed faith against many of the most common criticisms levelled against it.

W.G.T. Shedd (1820-1894) began his Preface with these striking words-

"The object of this work is to define and defend the tenets of Calvinism in their original purity and self-consistence, as distinguished from proposed modifications of them for the purpose of an alleged improvement. It has grown out of the proposal introduced into the Northern Presbyterian Church, to revise the Westminster Standards. It contains the substance of a pamphlet which the author published in opposition to this proposal when it was first made, together with discussions of several important subjects that have subsequently come up for examination during the controversy in the Church. Of these, Preterition, Common and Special Grace, Original Sin, Infant Salvation, the 'Larger Hope', and the Inerrancy of Scripture, are the most prominent...



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Author's Preface Vii

Introduction by the Publisher Xii

1 Inexpediency of the Revision of the Westminster Confession 1

2 Objections to the Revision of the Westminster Confession 12

3 Are there Doctrinal Errors in the Westminster Confession? 17

4 The Westminster Standards and the Universal Offer of Mercy 23

5 The Meaning and Value of the Doctrine of Decrees 29

6 Preterition Necessary to the Sovereignty of God in Election 69

7 Preterition and the Lopsided View of the Divine Decree 75

8 The Double Predestination to Holiness and Sin 84

9 Common and Special Grace 92

10 The True Proportion in a Creed between the Universal and the Special Love of God 102

11 Infant Salvation as Related to Original Sin 107

12 The Westminster Standards and the ‘Larger Hope’ 116

13 The Westminster Affirmation of the Original Inerrancy of the Scriptures 132

14 Calvinism and the Bible 145

15 Denominational Honesty and Honor 152

Appendix: "The Significance of the Westminster Standards as a Creed" by Benjamin B. Warfield



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