Divine Redemption and the Refuge of Faith (Vickers)

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Reformation Heritage Books

Time-honored Reformation theology is being discounted today as new perspectives challenge old verities. The need to return to biblical foundations is urgent.

In Divine Redemption and the Refuge of Faith, Douglas Vickers addresses the pressing questions:

  • Who is Jesus Christ?
  • What is the human condition?
  • And in what respect is that human condition addressed by the presence of Jesus Christ in the world? 

In lucid and arresting terms, answers are developed from the basic theses that structured Reformation thought:

  • the claim of Athanasius that it was the self-existing Second person of the Godhead who came as Jesus Christ
  • the claim of Augustine that the human will was bound in sin as a result of Adam’s fall
  • the claim of Anselm that Christ’s atonement provided a necessary and complete satisfaction for sin

Divine Redemption and the Refuge of Faith provides a biblical-theological corrective to contemporary doctrinal deviations. If you are looking for a clear-headed, sure-footed, and warm-hearted guide on the most basic, cardinal issues of Christianity in every age, read this book repeatedly. It will enable you to think through a host of doctrines, issues, and positions in a world that is groping in the dark for truth.

Table of Contents:

1. The Contemporary Condition

2. The Prelapsarian Covenant

3. The Dissent from the Covenant of Works

4. The Status of the Will and the States of Human Consciousness

5. The Possibility of Redemption

6. The Cosmic Significance of Christ

7. The Church: Its Identity and Office

8. The Issues Revisited



Douglas Vickers is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts. In addition to works in economic theory and policy, he has published several titles in doctrinal and apologetic theology. His most recent book, also published by Reformation Heritage Books, is Christian Confession and the Crackling Thorn: The Imperatives of Faith in an Age of Unbelief.