Divine Covenants and Moral Order
This book addresses the old question of natural law in its interesting 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...
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This book addresses the old question of natural law in its interesting 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 such people as Abraham and Moses 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.
David M. VanDrunen (J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago) is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California
Dr. VanDrunen, a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, began teaching at Westminster Seminary California in 2001. His present research interests include natural law, the two kingdoms doctrine, and bioethics. He was the recipient of the Acton Institutes Novak Award in 2004 and was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in the spring of 2009.
Dr. VanDrunen is the author or editor of five books, most recently Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions; The Law is not of Faith: Essays on Works and Grace in the Mosaic Covenant; A Biblical Case for Natural Law. and Living in God's Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture. His scholarly articles have appeared in many journals, including the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Calvin Theological Journal, International Journal of Systematic Theology, Journal of Church and State, and Journal of Law and Religion.