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The Federal Vision and Covenant Theology: A Comparative Analysis [Paperback]

By Guy Prentiss Waters (Author) & E. Calvin Beisner (Foreword by)
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"Preferring light to heat, Professor Waters has done an admirable job of allowing his interlocutors to speak for themselves, offering clear-headed, exegetically grounded responses to the Federal Vision theology. Although it probably won't be the last word, this is the best word so far on an important and unfortunate debate without our circles."-Michael Horton

Guy Prentiss Waters is assistant professor of biblical studies at Belhaven College. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He is the author of Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul.

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A comparative and critical study of "Federal Vision" contrasted with traditional covenant theology.

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Studio: P & R Publishing
Pages   397
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   1.22 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 14, 2006
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN  1596380330  
ISBN13  9781596380332  

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More About Guy Prentiss Waters & E. Calvin Beisner

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Waters is assistant professor of biblical studies at Belhaven College. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Greek and Latin), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Duke University (Ph.D. in religion, with concentrations in New Testament, Old Testament, and ancient Judaism). He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America.

Guy Prentiss Waters was born in 1975.

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Excellent and very necessary!!!  Aug 14, 2006
After his excellent work on the New Perspective(s) on Paul Waters proves to be a real authority on these modern heresies - probably the world authority on Federal Vision, which is nothing but the old temptation of hyper-covenantalism mixed with works-righteousness. These FV proponents try to confuse whole denominations (especially the PCA) in spreading their semi-pelagianism through the internet and reviews like on this book. Everything happens anonymous and apart from church courts and accountability. It is very attractive to young men who love playing with doctrine more than submitting to biblical truth. Thank you Guy for this book!
The Federal Vision and Covenant Theology: A Comparative Analysis  Aug 14, 2006
Guy Waters knows his stuff he studied under the leaders of the NPP while in college. Yes there is a connection even though Steve Wilkins denied it from the start. NT Wright shows up at Monroe to do some lectures. What does Wilkins say then???
Bottom Line is that this is a great book even though the FV guys hate it. They don't want to be exposed in public even though they will say to their darling followers that they are starting a "new Reformation." The Reformation they are starting leads back to Rome and away from Protestantism. Look at the website The Federal Vision in their own Words and they can't deny that. These guys redefine classic Protestant terms such as covenant, salvation, election and they hide behind the garb of Presbyterianism. Get this book and don't be fooled the lies of Wilson, Wilkins, etc. This shows how really unorthodox they are. The leaders of this movement and their merry followers love smoke and mirrors and double-talk. Waters flushes them out but does it in a scholarly tone.
Disappointing Critique  Jul 16, 2006
I wish I could recommend this book, but I cannot because it is so full of mischaracterizations and exaggerated claims about the men and positions being reviewed. Apparently the author did not read his opponents charitably and with an open mind. Consequently, I believe he failed to follow the first commandment of scholarly debate, which is to try to understand and appreciate what one's intellectual opponents are trying to say before attacking them from a position outside of their own circle of presuppositions and theological commitments. All one has to do is look at the responses of the men critiqued at to appreciate the failure. Perhaps, however, this book will lead to a more objective and honest evaluation of what has been labed the "Federal Vision" in Reformed theological circles. One can only hope.
Extremely helpful and very necessary!  Jul 7, 2006
Guy Waters is an incredibly gifted scholar and writer. As with his first volume he takes great care to represent the view he is critiquing with the utmost fairness. Though some unfortunately complain about long quotations, they are necessary in debates like these because they permit the opposing view to be heard properly. With a commanding knowledge and understanding of the broad corpus of Federal Vision works, Dr. Waters does an excellent job proving that though the concerns of this group may be valid at points, their answers are inadequate at best and dangerous at worst. He is to be commanded for undertaking this task with such an irenic spirit and yet with an equally powerful commitment to the truth of the gospel, which is in danger of being blurred in the hands of the Federal Vision. This book is a must-read!
Long on quotes, short on understanding  Jul 6, 2006
When I picked up this book at the yearly meeting of the denomination of which Waters and I both are members, I began reading his book immediately and with great interest. It is impossible to miss the fact that he has familiarized himself with much material. His quotations of the men he critiques are extensive. I was disappointed, however, with Waters' seeming inability to get beyond the surface semantics to the fundamental arguments. In critiquing the FV proponents from their writings and lectures, he consistently uses words that indicate that he thinks these men are "coming close" to a particular aberrant view. He will say things like "they don't deny this but they overemphasize this." Then, in his final analyses, he condemns them for being aberrant. His analyses are based upon exegetical assertion (of the Scriptures and the Westminister Standards), employ quite a bit of question begging, create false dilemmas, and don't account adequately for the qualifications and nuances given by the men in question (though he records many of those qualifications and nuances). Waters may win many people pre-disposed to being against these men, but by just a little closer scrutiny the reader will find that he employs poor argumentation.

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