The Binding of God: Calvin's Role in the Development of Covenant Theology

  • Title: The Binding of God: Calvin's Role in the Development of Covenant Theology
  • Author: Peter A. Lillback
  • ISBN: 9780801022630
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Binding of God Calvin s Role in the Development of Covenant Theology What was John Calvin s relationship to covenant theology Tracing the historical development of the covenant idea this title examines the writings of Calvin for evidence and description of Calvin s co
    What was John Calvin s relationship to covenant theology Tracing the historical development of the covenant idea, this title examines the writings of Calvin for evidence and description of Calvin s covenant thought It argues that Calvin developed an extensive covenant theology It is suitable for scholars of the Reformation and the 16th century.

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    About Peter A. Lillback


    1. EducationBA, Cedarville College, 1974ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1978PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1985TeachingProfessor, Philadelphia Theological Seminary, 1995 1999Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster, 1981, 1986 ServicePresident, The Providence Forum, 1999 Pastoral ministry, Delaware and Pennsylvania, including Proclamation Presbyterian Church, 1982 2009President, Westminster Theological Seminary, 2005


    404 Comments


    1. I've definitely come to see the flaws in this one. The perspective isn't totally wrong, but it has many problems.

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    2. I liked it, though evidently it is considered "off-limits" in some Southern Presbyterian circles. Lillback gives a painstaking analysis of the history of covenant theology, seeing it culminate in the Calvinist tradition. I liked how he notes that infant baptism for the Reformers was grounded on Zwingli's continuity between Old and New Testament. Lillback makes the claim that whereas Law-Gospel was the architectonic framework for Lutherans, Covenant Theology was so for Reformed. I think that is b [...]

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    3. Calvin's "federal vision," as it were, and his conception of covenant is far from anemic. Lillback shows how Calvin expertly and carefully distinguishes and harmonizes issues such as law and gospel, letter and spirit, covenant and election, general and special election, monergism and conditionality, promise and warning, old and new. Calvin teaches a biblical theology that largely unites the covenants ("same in substance, different in administration"), and a rich letter-spirit distinction that co [...]

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    4. Simply outstanding. Lillback has his finger on the pulse of Calvin's theology, and there are loads of things for the interested modern Reformer to learn. It is a careful study, filled to bursting with Calvin quotations, and Lillback goes to great length to systematize Calvin's thought. Who knew that Calvin denied the Lutheran law/gospel distinction? Who knew that Calvin taught a conditional covenant, with the condition being the faithfulness of man (empowered, of course, by the Spirit)? Who knew [...]

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    5. It's difficult to follow at certain points because there is so much material. The overarching theme is not clear enough to be "the" definitive book on the subject, but this book is a must have for documenting Calvin's view of the Covenant

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    6. Reformation rationalism and nonsense.

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