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

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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

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

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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.

Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif

Author: Bryan D. Estelle

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083088226X

Category: RELIGION

Page: 410

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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.

Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics

Author: Stephen J. Grabill

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802863132

Category: Law

Page: 310

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Is knowledge of right and wrong written on the human heart? Do people know God from the world around them? Does natural knowledge contribute to Christian doctrine? While these questions of natural theology and natural law have historically been part of theological reflection, the radical reliance of twentieth-century Protestant theologians on revelation has eclipsed this historic connection. Stephen Grabill attempts the treacherous task of reintegrating Reformed Protestant theology with natural law by appealing to Reformation-era theologians such as John Calvin, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Johannes Althusius, and Francis Turretin, who carried over and refined the traditional understanding of this key doctrine. Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics calls Christian ethicists, theologians, and laypersons to take another look at this vital element in the history of Christian ethical thought.

Law and the Bible

Justice, Mercy and Legal Institutions

Author: Robert F. Cochran, Jr.,David VanDrunen

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830895590

Category: Religion

Page: 271

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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.

The Righteousness of God

A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation

Author: Charles Lee Irons

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161535185

Category: Religion

Page: 467

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Advocates of the New Perspective on Paul appeal to the view that "righteousness" in biblical theology is a Verhaltnisbegriff (relational concept). This is the view that "righteousness" does not mean conformity to a norm, nor is it an essentially legal concept; rather, "righteousness" denotes the fulfillment of the demands of a relationship, since the relationship itself is the norm. This relational interpretation of "righteousness" was first put forward by Hermann Cremer in 1899 and exercised a profound influence in biblical scholarship throughout the 20th century. It lies at the root of the New Perspective claim that "the righteousness of God" in Paul is a cipher for God's saving faithfulness to his covenant, a view defended by N. T. Wright, among others. Charles Lee Irons provides a critical examination of Cremer's chief arguments for the relational, covenant-faithfulness interpretation. The author argues instead for the view that "the righteousness of God" in Rom 1:17; 3: 21-22; 10:3; 2 Cor 5:21; and Phil 3:9 is the status of righteousness that comes from God as a gift.

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

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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.

God's Joust, God's Justice

Law and Religion in the Western Tradition

Author: John Witte

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802844219

Category: Law

Page: 498

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There are three things that people will die for -- their faith, their freedom, and their family. This volume focuses on all three, including the interactions among them, in the Western tradition and today. Retrieving and reconstructing a wealth of material from the earliest Hebrew and Greek texts of the West to the latest machinations of the Supreme Court, John Witte explores the legal and theological foundations of authority and liberty, equality and dignity, rights and duties, marriage and family, crime and punishment, and similar topics. God's Joust, God's Justice is a lucid scholarly introduction to the burgeoning field of law and religion and a learned historical inquiry into the weightier matters of the law.

Lying and Christian Ethics

Author: Christopher O. Tollefsen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107061091

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Lying and Christian Ethics defends the controversial "absolute view" of lying, which maintains that an assertion contrary to the speaker's mind is always wrong, regardless of the speaker's intentions. Whereas most people believe that a lie told for a good cause, such as protecting Jews from discovery by Nazis, is morally acceptable, Christopher Tollefsen argues that Christians should support the absolute view. He looks back to the writings of Augustine and Aquinas to illustrate that lying violates the basic human goods of integrity and sociality and severely compromises the values of religion and truth. He critiques the comparatively permissive views espoused by Cassian, Bonhoeffer, and Niebuhr and argues that lies often jeopardize the good causes for which they are told. Beyond framing a moral absolute against lying, this book explores the questions of to whom we owe the truth and when, and what steps we may take when we should not give it.

Divine Covenants

Author: Arthur W. Pink

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1257723375

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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The Divine Covenants have an intimate connection with each other and a common relation to a single purpose, being, in fact, so many successive stages in the unfolding of the scheme of divine grace. They treat the divine side of things, disclosing the source from which all blessings come to men, and making known the channel (Christ) through which they flow to them. The everlasting covenant, with its shadowings forth His temporal covenants, form the basis of all His dealings with His people. This book will explore the following Covenants: PART ONE - THE EVERLASTING COVENANT PART TWO - THE ADAMIC COVENANT PART THREE - THE NOAHIC COVENANT PART FOUR - THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT PART FIVE - THE SINAITIC COVENANT PART SIX - THE DAVIDIC COVENANT PART SEVEN - THE MESSIANIC COVENANT PART EIGHT - THE COVENANT ALLEGORY

God's Glory Alone---The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life

What the Reformers Taught...and Why It Still Matters

Author: David VanDrunen

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310515823

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the ‘solas’: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God’s glory. In God’s Glory Alone—The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, renowned scholar David VanDrunen looks at the historical and biblical roots of the idea that all glory belongs to God alone. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation, in subsequent Reformed theology and confessions, and in contemporary theologians who continue to be inspired by the conviction that all glory belongs to God. Then he turns to the biblical story of God's glory, beginning with the pillar of cloud and fire revealed to Israel, continuing through the incarnation, death, and exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and culminating in Christ's Second Coming and the glorification of his people. In light of these wonderful biblical themes he concludes by addressing several of today's great cultural challenges and temptations—such as distraction and narcissism—and reflecting on how commitment to God's glory alone fortifies us to live godly lives in this present evil age.

The Mighty and the Almighty

An Essay in Political Theology

Author: Nicholas Wolterstorff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107027314

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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Questions how the church and state should be related, through an examination of the relationship between divine and political authority.

Religious Liberty in Western Thought

Author: Noel B. Reynolds,W. Cole Durham, Jr.

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802848536

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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In this volume, ten leading scholars harvest the best of Western thinking on religious liberty. An opening chapter shows how religious liberty emerged slowly in the West through centuries of cruel experience and growing enlightenment. Separate chapters thereafter take up the unique roles of such titans as Marsilius, Luther, Calvin, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Tocqueville, and the American framers in the Western drama of religious liberty. From widely divergent experiences, these titans discovered the cardinal principles of religious liberty--religious pluralism and toleration, religious equality and non-discrimination, liberty of conscience and association, freedom of expression and exercise. From widely discordant convictions, they distilled the most enduring models of church and state and of religion and law in the West--from the organic models of earlier centuries to the dualistic models of more recent times.

Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment

Author: Joel A. Nichols

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190459425

Category: LAW

Page: 424

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"This new edition of a classic textbook provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of the history, theology, and law of American religious liberty. The authors offer a balanced and accessible analysis of First Amendment cases and controversies, and compare them to both the original teachings of the American founders and current international norms of religious liberty"--

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

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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 Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom

Author: Steven D. Smith

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674730135

Category: Law

Page: 240

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Familiar accounts of religious freedom in the United States often tell a story of visionary founders who broke from centuries-old patterns of Christendom to establish a political arrangement committed to secular and religiously neutral government. These novel commitments were supposedly embodied in the religion clauses of the First Amendment. But this story is largely a fairytale, Steven Smith says in this incisive examination of a much-mythologized subject. The American achievement was not a rejection of Christian commitments but a retrieval of classic Christian ideals of freedom of the church and of conscience. Smith maintains that the First Amendment was intended merely to preserve the political status quo in matters of religion. America's distinctive contribution was, rather, a commitment to open contestation between secularist and providentialist understandings of the nation which evolved over the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century, far from vindicating constitutional principles, as conventional wisdom suggests, the Supreme Court imposed secular neutrality, which effectively repudiated this commitment to open contestation. Instead of upholding what was distinctively American and constitutional, these decisions subverted it. The negative consequences are visible today in the incoherence of religion clause jurisprudence and the intense culture wars in American politics.

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

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

The Ten Commandments in History

Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-ordered Society

Author: Paul Grimley Kuntz,Thomas D'Evelyn

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802826602

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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Paul Kuntz surveys how the teachings of the Ten Commandments have been reflected in the works of philosophers from Philo Judaeus to Nietzsche.

Word, Water, and Spirit

A Reformed Perspective on Baptism

Author: J. V. Fesko

Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books

ISBN: 1601782535

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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