The Federal Vision and Covenant Theology: A Comparative Analysis
Waters, Guy Prentiss
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.See All
There is among the confessional Reformed and Presbyterian churches a loosely organized but vocal group of writers who are intent on revising the core confessional doctrines of election, covenant, sacraments, and justification. In this superb volume, Guy Prentiss Waters has done the Reformed community a great service by providing a detailed and well documented survey and a penetrating analysis of the so-called Federal Vision. Hereafter no study of this phenomenon can be considered adequate that has not paid close attention to this volume.See All
R. Scott Clark
Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California
Guy Waters' book provides a helpful and wide-ranging cataloging of the distinctive features within the so-called Federal Vision theology. More importantly, he provides pithy and insightful critiques of these distinctives which should help further brotherly dialog while aiding Reformed churches to detect and avoid the errors within the movement.See All
Christopher A. Hutchinson
Senior Pastor, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Blacksburg, VA
There are strange winds blowing across the Church today, and a real danger that Christians will be tossed about on the waves. While the provocative language of the "Federal Vision" appeals to many who sense a need for change, its recasting of Reformed theology serves to undo the Reformation rather than move it forward.See All
Richard D. Phillips
Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Margate / Coral Springs, FL
It is clear from reading The Federal Vision and Covenant Theology that the new Federal Vision theologians truly desire to be biblical in their understanding and presentation of the Christian (and Reformed) faith. This goal all of us gladly share. What we most earnestly want is not victory in theological debate but unity in biblical understanding. We are indebted to Waters for advancing the discussion along biblical lines "in the bond of peace."See All
Covenant Theological Seminary
Dr. Water´s much-anticipated book is the most detailed examination and critique of Federal Vision theology to date. The author provides a thorough history and overview of both the personalities and teachings of this relatively new proposed revision to the Reformed tradition. Each point is critiqued in comparison to Covenant theology. Waters concludes that the main doctrinal proposals of Federal Vision theology are incompatible with Reformed theology as expressed in the Westminster Standards. Indeed, he calls it "a different system altogether."
Author Information: Guy Prentiss Waters is associate professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Missippi. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He is the author of Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul.