Godliness as the pervading theme in the thought and ministry of Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686)
Part of the Studies in Reformed Thought series:
- Enamoured with Piety
- “Thomas Watson deserves far more attention than he has received in the past. Thankfully, Yarran B. C. Johnston has provided us a fresh and practical way into this Puritan and his work. Drawing particularly on Augustine, Bernard, and Calvin to historically anchor Watson’s approach, Johnston helps us understand how this minster distinctly understood and encouraged true godliness. In this, Watson is well worth our attention."
- Dr. Kelly M. Kapic | Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College
- "A concern for Godliness stood at the heart of the English Puritan movement. Yet, strangely, few scholars have analyzed what godliness meant in this context. Yarran Johnston helps to fill this gap in the literature by expanding our understanding of godliness through the eyes of Thomas Watson, who was one of its ablest and thorough defenders during mid to late seventeenth century. His study is sensitive to the times in which Watson lived and gives readers a window into a key characteristic of Puritanism through an analysis of Watson’s extensive writings."
- Dr. Ryan M. McGraw | Academic Dean and Morton H. Smith Professor of Systematic Theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
- "Yarran Johnston's sympathetic although not uncritical account of the life and teaching of one of the best known Puritans, Thomas Watson, is well informed and fills a significant gap in scholarly literature. He sets Watson's numerous writings, of which A Body of Divinity is the best-known, in their context and analyses his theologically grounded affectional piety most helpfully. The very clarity of Johnson's exposition makes this also a dangerous book since it challenges a reader's own piety. Take up and read!
- Rev. Dr. Rowland S. Ward | Research Lecturer, Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne
Available on: October 26, 2020