Bierma, Lyle D.
In this thoroughly researched and clearly written book, Guy Waters introduces the chief advocates and the core ideas of the socalled “Federal Vision.” Though Waters deals fairly and charitably with the advocates and their system, he shows from their own writings how they have departed from the teaching of Scripture summarized in the Reformed confessions. Waters offers much here to help scholars and theological students. At the same time, he writes on a level accessible to any serious-minded reader.
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Guy Prentiss Waters (BA, University of Pennsylvania; MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. At Duke, he studied under Richard B. Hays and E. P. Sanders, two leading expositors of the New Perspectives on Paul.
"It is clear from Waters's critique that the new Federal Vision theologians desire to be biblical, a 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.'" — David Calhoun
"Preferring light to heat, Waters has done an admirable job of allowing his interlocutors to speak for themselves. He offers clear-headed, exegetically grounded responses." — Michael Horton