Ligon Duncan’s “The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century, Volume 2” is a profound journey through the rich theological heritage of the Reformed tradition. In this second volume, Duncan continues to unveil the timeless wisdom of the Westminster Confession of Faith, making it remarkably relevant for the challenges of the 21st century.

Duncan’s careful scholarship and pastoral insight shine brightly in this work. He adeptly navigates the confession, providing clarity and depth that both seasoned theologians and newcomers to Reformed theology can appreciate. His exposition of key doctrines, supported by extensive scriptural references, brings the confession to life, demonstrating its enduring relevance.

One of the highlights of Duncan’s book is his treatment of the doctrine of providence, a topic of utmost importance in our ever-changing world. He writes, “In a world filled with uncertainty, the Confession reminds us on page 214 that ‘God, in His ordinary providence, makes use of means, yet is free to work without, above, and against them at His pleasure.'” This reassurance in God’s sovereign control over all things is a timely message.

Furthermore, Duncan’s discussion of the doctrine of the church is particularly insightful. He states on page 347, “The Confession teaches us that the true church is ‘catholic or universal’—it encompasses believers of all ages and places, uniting them in Christ.” In an age of division, this reminder of the universal unity of the church is a beacon of hope.

Duncan’s writing is not only scholarly but also pastoral. He consistently applies the confession’s teachings to real-life situations, offering guidance and encouragement to readers. His pastoral heart shines through as he reflects on the confession’s implications for the Christian life.

As for the statement of compliance, I want to clarify that I have not been compensated for this review in any way. It is an independent assessment of the book based on my perspective as a reader and should not be construed as a paid endorsement.

Title: The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century, Volume 2

Author: Ligon Duncan

Publisher: Mentor Press