There are a lot of movements within evangelicalism that want to put the cookies on the bottom shelf. Three-volume systematic theologies become one volume systematic theologies, become a paperback about theology, become a handbook guide to theology, become a pamphlet, become a tweet, become an acronym. We certainly do not want to disparage those who have a sincere desire to introduce people to the Christian faith and to reformed theology. Indeed, this desire is not a novel thought and it is the reason we have resources like the Westminster Shorter Catechism. However, the men who wrote the shorter catechism also wrote longer works, which they did not immediately abandon once the shorter catechism was published. They saw the need for digging deeper, for reaching a bit higher than the bottom shelf.
This is one of the reasons that We Distinguish exists. While neither of us are qualified or gifted to write top-shelf-cookie level works, we do want to help point Christians to works that have already been written and provide some context to help make those works make sense. The content we produce will regularly be referencing other works that you can and should read in order to understand more. This page lists resources that are useful on a broad scale and that we think every Christian would benefit from.
- Institutes of Elenctic Theology (3 Volume Set) – This is the book from which We Distinguish draws its name. It is one of the most thorough systematic theologies ever written, filled with confessional goodness, and it is especially useful as a reference—even if you don’t read straight through it.
- The Westminster Confession of Faith – If you’re reformed, you should probably own a printed copy of the Westminster Standards (to bring with you to church and Bible study and such). This copy includes the text of the original 1646 Confession, the shorter and larger catechisms, and quite a lot more. It’s reasonably well type-set and it includes the full text of the Scriptural proof-texts.
We’ll be adding more to this category as time goes on, so check back regularly.
Blogs and Websites
- The Presbytery Inn – Good, confessional theology and a clever name.
- Purely Presbyterian – More confessional goodness.
- The Westminster Standard – These guys are doing some good work in putting together a lot of old Presbyterian (and more small ‘c’ catholic) resources on modern website that’s pretty easy to navigate.