Divine Covenants and Moral Order

A Biblical Theology of Natural Law

Author: David VanDrunen

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802870945

Category: Law

Page: 582

View: 6320


This book addresses the old question of natural law in its contemporary context. David VanDrunen draws on both his Reformed theological heritage and the broader Christian natural law tradition to develop a constructive theology of natural law through a thorough study of Scripture. The biblical covenants organize VanDrunen's study. Part 1 addresses the covenant of creation and the covenant with Noah, exploring how these covenants provide a foundation for understanding God's governance of the whole world under the natural law. Part 2 treats the redemptive covenants that God established with Abraham, Israel, and the New Testament church and explores the obligations of God's people to natural law within these covenant relationships. In the concluding chapter of Divine Covenants and Moral Order VanDrunen reflects on the need for a solid theology of natural law and the importance of natural law for the Christian's life in the public square.]> 07 02

Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif

Author: Bryan D. Estelle

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083088226X

Category: RELIGION

Page: 410

View: 7756


Israel's exodus from Egypt is the Bible's enduring emblem of deliverance. But more than just an epic moment, the exodus shapes the telling of Israel's and the church's gospel. In this guide for biblical theologians, preachers, and teachers, Bryan Estelle traces the exodus motif as it weaves through the canon of Scripture, wedding literary readings with biblical-theological insights.

Reforming the Christian Faith

Theological Interpretation after the Protestant Reformation

Author: Mark W. Karlberg

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532637667

Category: Religion

Page: 152

View: 6853


Central to the mission of the church with each passing generation is the elucidation of the gospel of Christ, which is the heart of the Christian message. Witness to God’s saving word in Scripture comes in response to discussions and debates arising over the course of church history. Our study highlights some of the unity and disunity found within the Reformed tradition, Reformation and modern. Beginning with the subject of the development of doctrine over the course of church history, we take up the foundational issue of biblical hermeneutics (the question of how we are to interpret the Bible). The year 2017 marks the Protestant Church’s 500th anniversary (October 31). We consider, secondly, Protestantism’s two leading theological principles—the formal (the doctrine of Scripture) and the material (the doctrine of justification by faith alone). In the final section, we critique departures from the teaching of historic federalism found within contemporary Reformed orthodoxy, which strikes at the very heart of what it means to be “Reformed” in theology. Crucial in this long-standing and ongoing dispute is the interpretation of the Mosaic Covenant as in some sense a “republication” of the original Covenant of Works with Adam at creation. Covenant and justification are the focal doctrines under study.


Author: Michael Horton

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310578396

Category: Religion

Page: 528

View: 9171


The doctrine of justification stands at the center of our systematic reflection on the meaning of salvation as well as our piety, mission, and life together. In his two-volume work on the doctrine of justification, Michael Horton seeks not simply to repeat noble doctrinal formulas and traditional proof texts, but to encounter the remarkable biblical justification texts in conversation with the provocative proposals that, despite a wide range of differences, have reignited the contemporary debates around justification. Building on his historical-theological exploration of justification in volume 1, in this second volume Horton embarks upon a constructive task of investigating the biblical doctrine of justification in light of contemporary exegesis. Here he takes up the topic of justification from biblical-theological, exegetical, and systematic-theological vantage points, engaging significantly with contemporary debates in biblical, especially Pauline, scholarship. Horton shows that the doctrine of justification finds its most ecumenically-significant starting point and proper habitat in union with Christ, where the greatest consensus, past and present, is to be found among Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant theologies. At the same time, he proposes that the union with Christ motif achieves its clearest and most consistent articulation in forensic justification. The final chapter locates justification within the broader framework of union with Christ.

Law and the Bible

Justice, Mercy and Legal Institutions

Author: Robert F. Cochran,David VanDrunen

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830825738

Category: Religion

Page: 269

View: 1632


The Bible is full of law. Yet too often, Christians either pick and choose verses out of context to bolster existing positions, or assume that any moral judgment the Bible expresses should become the law of the land. Law and the Bible asks: What inspired light does the Bible shed on Christians’ participation in contemporary legal systems? It concludes that more often than not the Bible overturns our faulty assumptions and skewed commitments rather than bolsters them. In the process, God gives us greater insight into what all of life, including law, should be. Each chapter is cowritten by a legal professional and a theologian, and focuses on a key aspect of the biblical witness concerning civil or positive law--that is, law that human societies create to order their communities, implementing and enforcing it through civil government. A foundational text for legal professionals, law and prelaw students, and all who want to think in a faithfully Christian way about law and their relationship to it.

Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms

A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought

Author: David VanDrunen

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802864430

Category: Religion

Page: 466

View: 8822


Conventional scholarship holds that the theology and social ethics of the Reformed tradition stand at odds with concepts of natural law and the two kingdoms. But David VanDrunen here challenges that status quo through his careful, thoroughgoing exploration of the development of Reformed social thought from the Reformation to the present. - from publisher description.

Die Reformation der Rechte

Recht, Religion und Menschenrechte im frühen Calvinismus

Author: John Witte Jr.

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3788728345

Category: Religion

Page: 422

View: 7864


Johannes Calvin entwickelte ein neues Verständnis von Rechten und Freiheiten, von Kirche und Staat, das das Rechtssystem der frühen protestantischen Staaten formte. Seine Lehren, die sich schnell in Westeuropa ausbreiteten, wurden immer wieder durch große Krisen herausgefordert: die französischen Religionskriege, die niederländische Revolte, die englische Revolution, die amerikanische Kolonisation und Revolution. In solchen Krisen waren es Anhänger Calvins, die sein Denken aktualisierten und der neuen Situation anpassten. Eine Reihe grundlegender westlicher Auffassungen von Religion und politischen Rechten, sozialem und konfessionellem Pluralismus, Föderalismus und Gesellschaftsvertrag haben im frühmodernen Calvinismus ihren Ursprung.

From Sacrament to Contract, Second Edition

Marriage, Religion, and Law in the Western Tradition

Author: John Witte Jr.

Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp

ISBN: 1611641926

Category: Religion

Page: 408

View: 432


This newly revised and enlarged edition of John Witte's authoritative historical study explores the interplay of law, theology, and marriage in the Western tradition. Witte uncovers the core beliefs that formed the theological genetic code of Western marriage and family law. He explores the systematic models of marriage developed by Catholics, Lutherans, Calvinists, Anglicans, and Enlightenment thinkers, and the transformative influence of each model on Western marriage law. In addition, he traces the millennium-long reduction of marriage from a complex spiritual, social, contractual, and natural institution into a simple private contract with freedom of entrance, exercise, and exit for husband and wife alike. This second edition updates and expands each chapter and the bibliography. It also includes three new chapters on classical, biblical, and patristic sources.

The Reformation of Rights

Law, Religion and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism

Author: John Witte

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521818427

Category: History

Page: 388

View: 9221


Calvin's teachings spread rapidly throughout Western Europe shaping the law of early modern Protestant lands.

Christianity and Human Rights

An Introduction

Author: John Witte, Jr,Frank S. Alexander

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139494112

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 870


Combining Jewish, Greek, and Roman teachings with the radical new teachings of Christ and St. Paul, Christianity helped to cultivate the cardinal ideas of dignity, equality, liberty and democracy that ground the modern human rights paradigm. Christianity also helped shape the law of public, private, penal, and procedural rights that anchor modern legal systems in the West and beyond. This collection of essays explores these Christian contributions to human rights through the perspectives of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy and history, and Christian contributions to the special rights claims of women, children, nature and the environment. The authors also address the church's own problems and failings with maintaining human rights ideals. With contributions from leading scholars, including a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this book provides an authoritative treatment of how Christianity shaped human rights in the past, and how Christianity and human rights continue to challenge each other in modern times.

Christian Ethics

An Essential Guide

Author: Robin W. Lovin

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 142671341X

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 5090


In this excellent outline of Christian ethics, Robin W. Lovin achieves a balance between the questions and issues which form the core of the study of ethics and the life situations from which those questions arise. Eschewing a sectarian approach which dismisses other understandings of the moral life, Lovin nonetheless lays claim to a specifically Christian understanding of ethics. He begins with basic Christian convictions about the reality of God and human redemption and weaves these convictions into the fabric of moral concerns that are widely shared in contemporary society. He takes note of the problems that arise when Christians try to act on or enforce their convictions in a pluralistic society and recognizes the variety of theological and moral beliefs that are held within the Christian community, as well as in the wider society.

God and Globalization: Volume 2

The Spirit and the Modern Authorities

Author: Max L. Stackhouse,Peter J. Paris,Don S. Browning

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781563383304

Category: Religion

Page: 260

View: 1709


A trenchant study of the impact of globalization on the world's major institutions shows how the new "authorities" are influenced by religious and spiritual principles. Original.

Pietismus und Neuzeit

Author: Udo Sträter

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 364755913X

Category: Religion

Page: 343

View: 9505


»Pietismus und Neuzeit«, das seit 1974 im Auftrag der Historischen Kommission zur Erforschung des Pietismus herausgegebene Jahrbuch, bietet ein international und (inter)disziplinär breites, kulturwissenschaftliches Spektrum von Forschungsbeiträgen zur Geschichte des neueren Protestantismus, vor allem des Pietismus im Kontext europäischer Frömmigkeitsbewegungen seit der Frühen Neuzeit. Neben theologie-, frömmigkeits- und kirchengeschichtlichen Untersuchungen finden sich hauptsächlich allgemeinhistorische (mit den Schwerpunkten Sozial-, Mentalitäts und Institutionengeschichte), musik- und literaturwissenschaftliche sowie medizin- und pädagogikgeschichtliche Untersuchungen. Besondere Serviceleistungen stellen die zahlreichen Rezensionen und die umfangreiche, historisch und systematisch gegliederte Bibliographie von (im Schnitt 350) Neuerscheinungen dar. Beiträge, Rezensionen und Bibliographie werden durch Personen- und Ortsregister erschlossen.

The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy

Author: John Witte, Jr

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110710159X

Category: Law

Page: 552

View: 2619


For more than 2,500 years, the Western tradition has embraced monogamous marriage as an essential institution for the flourishing of men and women, parents and children, society and the state. At the same time, polygamy has been considered a serious crime that harms wives and children, correlates with sundry other crimes and abuses, and threatens good citizenship and political stability. The West has thus long punished all manner of plural marriages and denounced the polygamous teachings of selected Jews, Muslims, Anabaptists, Mormons, and others. John Witte, Jr carefully documents the Western case for monogamy over polygamy from antiquity until today. He analyzes the historical claims that polygamy is biblical, natural, and useful alongside modern claims that anti-polygamy laws violate personal and religious freedom. While giving the pro and con arguments a full hearing, Witte concludes that the Western historical case against polygamy remains compelling and urges Western nations to hold the line on monogamy.

Vom Sakrament zum Vertrag

Ehe, Religion und Recht in der abendländischen Tradition

Author: John Witte

Publisher: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt

ISBN: 9783374026999


Page: 322

View: 8557


Was ist die Ehe - Ruckgrat einer stabilen Gesellschaftsordnung oder Kernmodell patriarchalischer Herrschaftsstruktur? Die Vielfalt von Meinungen daruber ist verwirrend. John Witte untersucht das komplexe Zusammenspiel von Recht, Theologie und dem Konzept der Ehe im Abendland. Er verfolgt die christlichen Normen und die abendlandischen rechtlichen Prinzipien zur Ehe und zum Familienleben besonders in den letzten 500 Jahren. Dabei stellt der Autor den besonderen Beitrag eines jeden Modells - des sakramentalen-katholischen, des lutherischen, calvinistischen, anglikanischen und des aufklarerischen Ehekonzepts - zur Ehetradition des Abendlandes jenseits moralischer Kategorisierungen heraus.

Scharia für Nicht-muslime (Preview)

Author: Dr. Bill Warner

Publisher: CSPI International


Category: Law

Page: 82

View: 9201


Islam ist sowohl Religion, als auch ein politisches System mit seinen eigenen Gesetzen genannt Scharia. Die Scharia basiert auf Prinzipien, die sich von unserem Rechtsverständnis fundamental unterscheiden. Was bedeutet die Sharia für Nicht-Muslime? Wie beeinflusst die Sharia unsere Gesellschaft und den Einzelnen? Was sind die langfristigen Effekte der Bewilligung von auf Scharia basierenden Forderungen?

Der verborgene Sinn

Religiöse Dimensionen des Alltags

Author: Dietrich Korsch

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3525570015

Category: History

Page: 413

View: 7833


Der Alltag ist weniger alltäglich, als man denkt. Es steckt in ihm geradezu ein Überschuss an Sinn. Den muss man freilich sehen lernen, auf eine achtsame und zugleich entspannte Weise. Wird man der Risse und Brüche inne, die im Alltag zu Hause sind, kann man sich ganz besonders darüber freuen, dass er trotzdem funktioniert. Dietrich Korschs Band lehrt einen Umgang mit Phänomenen des Alltags, die den Alltag durchsichtig machen auf das Ganze. Sich des Ganzen im Einzelnen zu versichern, das meint: Religion in den Dienst des Menschen stellen - und darin Gott die Ehre geben. AutorInnen verschiedener Disziplinen der Theologie, aus der Philosophie und der Soziologie haben sich zur Reflexion unserer alltäglichen Erlebnisse mit Kennern der kirchlichen Praxis zusammengetan. Sie richten ihren nachdenklichen Blick jeweils aus zwei Perspektiven auf den verborgenen Sinn im Alltag und eröffnen damit für Leserinnen und Leser neue Sichtweisen auf vermeintlich vertraute Phänomene. Damit regen sie zur religiösen Deutung und Selbstdeutung an. Dieser Band ist dem Praktischen Theologen Wilhelm Gräb gewidmet, von dem wesentliche Anstöße zu einer lebensweltlich sinnoffenen Theologie ausgegangen sind.