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Re: Adam violated the Covenant of Works

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  • thebishopsdoom
    (Cont.) Another Dutchie church has recommended (in defense of the CoW not being a Scots/Brits novelty): It is sometimes said that this view developed in
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      (Cont.)<br>Another Dutchie church has recommended
      (in defense of the CoW not being a Scots/Brits
      novelty):<br>"It is sometimes said that this view developed in the
      late 16th century. This claim is not correct. The
      elements of what we know as Reformed federal theology,
      including the Covenant of Works can be found in an inchoate
      state in the early church fathers. This has been well
      documented in J. L. Duncan, III, "The Covenant Idea in
      Ante-Nicene Theology," PhD. Thesis (Edinburgh, 1995). The
      same is true of Martin Luther and the major Reformed
      theologians, e.g., Calvin and Zwingli. This has been
      documented in A. A. Woolsey, "Unity and Continuity in
      Covenantal Thought: A Study in the Reformed Tradition to the
      Westminster Assembly". 2 vol. Ph.D. thesis, Glasgow
      University, 1988; L. D. Bierma, German Calvinism in the
      Confessional Age: The Covenant Theology of Caspar Olevianus.
      Grand Rapids, 1997 and in R. S. Clark, "Duplex
      Beneficium: Caspar Olevian's Trinitarian, Protestant,
      Calvinist, Federal Theology." D.Phil. Thesis (Oxford
      University, 1988). Indeed, Zacharias Ursinus, the primary
      author of our catechism, taught the Covenant of Works in
      his Larger and Smaller Catechisms (1561-62) which
      formed the basis for much of the Heidelberg Catechism.
      See R. S. Clark and Joel Beeke, "Ursinus, Oxford and
      the Westminster Divines," The Westminster Confession
      into the 21st Century: Essays in Remembrance of the
      350th Anniversary of the Publication of the Westminster
      Confession of Faith, ed. J. Ligon Duncan and Duncan Rankin
      (Reformed Academic Press, forthcoming)."
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