God’s covenant with Adam
How did the system of doctrine known as Covenant Theology develop? And, most especially, where did the concept of a Covenant of Works between God and Adam come from? Over the centuries, this mainstay of the Reformed Christian faith has gone from being treated as an essential feature of Reformed theology, to being generally neglected, to, in recent times, being openly questioned and even repudiated by some who still want to be called Covenant theologians.
On the Reformed Forum’s Christ the Center podcast, Dr. Rowland Ward of Australia’s Melbourne School of Theology discusses his research on this controversial subject, which he published in his book God & Adam, Reformed Theology And The Creation Covenant, which contains (as its subtitles indicate) an introduction to the biblical covenants and a close examination of the Covenant of Works in the writings of early post-Reformation theologians.
Digging more deeply than the 17th century itself, Dr. Ward has carefully researched and documented the development of covenant theology from the 1st to the 21st Century, tracing the history of Covenant Theology up through the 20th century debate between John Murray and Meredith Kline, which continues today through the disciples of both those great theologians.
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