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Publication Date: 21 Jul 2016
Publisher: Apollos
Page Count: 224
Author: A T B McGowan
ISBN-13: 9781783594313, 9781783594894

Adam, Christ and Covenant

By A T B McGowan
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McGowan reviews challenges to and disagreements over Reformed covenant theology and proposes that its strengths can best be retained by separating the two key ideas of union with Adam/Christ and God’s covenantal dealings with his people.
About the Author
A. T. B. McGowan is Minister of Inverness East Church of Scotland and Professor of Theology in the University of the Highlands and Islands. He served as Principal of the Highland Theological College from 1994 – 2009. He is the author of The New Birth (Christian Focus), The Federal Theology of Thomas Boston (Paternoster), The Divine Spiration of Scripture (Apollos), The Person and Work of Christ (Paternoster), and editor of Always Reforming (Apollos).
Press Reviews

‘The fruit of a lifetime of study, this comprehensive account is an excellent introduction to the history of Federal Theology and to current discussions. Even those of us in other evangelical traditions need to know about this robust and influential theology.’

Covenant Theology has played a very important role in the history of Reformed theology and has also often been a source of controversy in that history, especially today. Andrew McGowan's book guides the reader with lucid brevity through the maze of controversy, especially of the last hundred years, setting out fairly and clearly what the issues are and where the differences lie. He then sets out his own proposal, offering a biblical way forward. Finally he spells out the implications of this in terms of two key contemporary flashpoints of controversy: the role of the law and union with Christ. This book is required reading both for those who wish to know more about controversies concerning Covenant Theology and for those who already have a view on the subject.

‘McGowan’s Adam, Christ and Covenant is a very helpful book. He has been wrestling with these issues for some time, and this book is the fruit of years of teaching and thinking on a central set of issues in Protestant theology. The book walks through various competing visions of how to understand Adam, Christ, and their representative or administrative roles. McGowan’s proposal – where the notion of administrative headship is central – deserves a thorough hearing.’

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