The Westminster Assembly (1643-1653) was both the largest parliamentary committee of the English civil war and the last of the great post-Reformation synods. The Assembly is perhaps best known as the creed-making body behind the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, documents which have guided Presbyterian and Reformed churches for centuries.
The Westminster Assembly Project exists to make the writings of the Westminster Assembly and its members available to scholars and to the general public. It is the umbrella title for several subprojects involving (1) new transcriptions, (2) the creation of assembly bibliographies, (3) the publication of the minutes and papers of the Westminster assembly with Oxford University Press, and (4) four series of publications with Reformation Heritage Books.
Principal Documents of the Westminster Assembly. This series will produce seven chief works authored by the Assembly for covenanted uniformity of religion in England. These seven volumes comprise texts which will not be reproduced in the five volume set of minutes and papers to be published by Oxford University Press in 2012: the Confession of Faith, Larger Catechism, Shorter Catechism, Directory for Public Worship, Directory for Church Government, a collection of majority and minority reports on church government, and The Psalter. Each volume will contain a historical introduction, a critical text, and multi-column comparisons of original manuscripts and early editions.
John Bower’s inaugural volume in this series, The Larger Catechism: A Critical Text and Introduction, was published in March 2010.
Writings of the Westminster Divines. The aim of this series is to provide scholarly editions of texts by Westminster Assembly members and commissioners. Volumes will include previously unpublished manuscripts as well as republications of rare editions. Carefully determined editorial standards will be used to ensure an authoritative product that is accessible to modern readers, while remaining reliable for students and scholars.
Westminster Assembly Facsimiles. With this new series, Reformation Heritage Books and the Westminster Assembly Project are providing electronic and print access to publications by Assembly members in their original form. Free PDF downloads will be made available through the Westminster Assembly Project website. The same text can be purchased for your collection in paperback and hard cover from Reformation Heritage Books.
Studies of the Westminster Assembly. Complementing the primary source material in the other series, the Assembly studies will offer classic studies that have not been reprinted, as well as new studies on the assembly, providing readers with some of the best existing research on the Assembly and its members.
We hope that this site, and these books, will prove useful for researchers focusing on Puritanism, the English civil-war, post-Reformation theology, or the history of Presbyterianism and Congregationalism.
Dr. John R. Bower
Dr. Chad B. Van Dixhoorn