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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.
Number of Pages: 398
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
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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.
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.
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.
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 wont be the last word, this is the best word so far on an important and unfortunate debate without our circles.
cbcarter5 Stars Out Of 5eye--openingJuly 26, 2015cbcarterQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5great book for those who want verification of what the federal vision and covenant theology proponents are saying and teaching. Will leave no doubt as to their root problems. If you are not familiar with this controversy, there are other more introductory style books to inform you. this book vindicates the charges made against the FV and CT proponents. No doubt after reading this book where the heresy takes root. For the serious theologian.
eric james5 Stars Out Of 5August 14, 2006eric jamesVery Good book. Gets to the point and shows how these guys have missed the mark. I would recommend the website "The Federal Vision in their own Words," to counter any attacks from those who say that Waters "didn't understand the material." Most of the people saying that he didn't get it right don't like the fact that he DID get it right. Hits home with clarity and yes it is extensive but what would the FV guys say if it wasn't it??? They aren't going to be happy with anything that exposes their faulty views of "covenant, elecion, salvation, perseverance." Waters other book on the subject exposes the roots of the FV also. He explains the history of the NPP and shows how it relates to the FV. They cannot deny this. Many opposed this accusation and then NT Wright, etc. started showing up at their conferences. The FV is apostate theology. FVers aren't traced to the Westminster Confession but to those who deny that alot of the NT was inspired. Waters tone is nice and he doesn't have an axe to grind. It bothers me to read reviews saying that he wasn't judicious. He has been more fair than FVers have been with their critics. Doug Wilson could learn alot from him.
Bill Smith1 Stars Out Of 5July 6, 2006Bill SmithLong on quotes, short on understanding.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 dont 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 dont 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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