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God and Adam: Reformed Theology and the Creation Covenant (Ward)

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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.



Rev. Dr. Rowland S. Ward (BA, University of South Africa; diploma, Free Church of Scotland, Edinburgh; ThD, Australian College Of Theology, Sydney) serves as the minister of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia.



“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.”

- Dr. Ligon Duncan, Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology

“When Rowland Ward’s God and Adam first 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.”

- Dr. David VanDrunen, Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California

“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.”

- Dr. Gary Millar, Principal of Queensland Theological College, Brisbane, Australia