Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2010 - Religion - 466 pages
Conventional wisdom holds that the theology and social ethics of the Reformed tradition stand at odds with concepts of natural law and the two kingdoms. This volume challenges that conventional wisdom through a study of Reformed social thought from the Reformation to the present. / The strength of this book is the overwhelming amount of historical evidence, judiciously analyzed and assessed, that positions the Reformed tradition clearly in the natural law, two kingdoms camp. This valuable contribution to our understanding of the Christian life cannot and should not be ignored or overlooked. The growing acceptance of the social gospel among evangelicals puts us in jeopardy of losing the gospel itself; the hostility to natural law and concomitant love affair with messianic ethics opens us up to tyranny. This is a much needed and indispensable ally in the battle for the life of the Christian community in North America. / John Bolt / Calvin Theological Seminary

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As VanDrunen is attempting to trace the development of a theological idea through the centuries, the work is somewhat repetitive. But I feel as though he has researched the topic adequately enough and ... Read full review


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Precursors of the Reformed Tradition
Reforming Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms John Calvin and His Contemporaries
Natural Law in Early Reformed Resistance Theory
The Age of Orthodoxy Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms in Reformed Doctrine and Practice
Theocratic New England Disestablished Virginia and the Spirituality of the Church
An Ambiguous Transition Abraham Kuyper on Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms
8 The Christological Critique The Thought of Karl Barth
The Kuyperian Legacy I Herman Dooyeweerd and North American NeoCalvinism
The Kuyperian Legacy II Cornelius Van Til and the Van Tillians
The Survival and Revival of Reformed Natural Law and Two Kingdoms Doctrine

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David VanDrunen is the Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. His other books include Bioethics and the Christian Life and A Biblical Case for Natural Law.

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