Reformed churches have always been interested in the covenant idea, first the covenant of grace in Christ, but also a covenant with Adam before sin, commonly called the covenant of works. But what the covenant of works really meant in the 17th century, when it became standard orthodoxy, is often very poorly understood today. That ignorance has contributed to modifications which are not always for the better.
“I have assigned Rowland Ward’s book “God and Adam: Reformed Theology and the Creation Covenant” for almost two decades in my Covenant Theology courses at Reformed Theological Seminary. It is the best short survey of the history and development of Reformed opinion on the topic and gets the student up to speed quickly. I am delighted to see it back in print again.”
“As Ward shows, covenant theology has been a mainstay of reformed theology for over 400 years. It displays the unity of the Bible, shows the depth of the work of Christ and clarifies the relationship of redemption to creation. Yet Covenant theology is often misunderstood or entirely forgotten in evangelical and reformed circles. God and Adamperforms a great service by clarifying these key doctrines, and showing how they have been understood in Reformed theology over the centuries — including some of the variations and debates. Ward’s comprehensive knowledge of historical reformed theology, his insightful analysis, and his economic writing makes this a sure guide and an excellent source book. I hope its republication will help to keep alive the flame of classic covenant theology.”
Dr. John McClean| Vice Principal and Lecturer in Systematic Theology atChrist College, Sydney, Australia
“When Rowland Ward’sGod and Adamfirst appeared, it made an excellent contribution to Reformed literature. Ward uncovered a wealth of material from the history of Reformed thought and provided thoughtful analysis of many important debates. The revision and expansion of this work in a new edition is a gift to the church. As Ward helps us see, a theologian’s view of God’s original relationship with Adam is inevitably intertwined with his view of Christ’s work and the salvation of his people.”
“I am delighted to see the republication of this judicious and thoughtful book, which packs an unbelievable amount of information into its relatively few pages! Whether one agrees with all of Rowland Ward’s conclusions or not, his balanced account of the contours of Reformed Covenant Theology will be invaluable to anyone thinking through these key issues for biblical and systematic theology.”
“It is with great pleasure I commend to you God and Adam by Rowland S. Ward. The book helps its readers understand the various issues and nuanced formulations of the covenant of works in the literature of Reformed theology primarily in the seventeenth century. It will be of great assistance to those interested in post-Reformation Reformed dogmatics.”
Dr. Richard Barcellos| Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology atIRBS Theological Seminaryand Pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA