Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion
This book addresses the old question of natural law in its contemporary context. David VanDrunen draws on both his Reformed theological heritage and the broader Christian natural law tradition to develop a constructive theology of natural law through a thorough study of Scripture.
The biblical covenants organize VanDrunen's study. Part 1 addresses the covenant of creation and the covenant with Noah, exploring how these covenants provide a foundation for understanding God's governance of the whole world under the natural law. Part 2 treats the redemptive covenants that God established with Abraham, Israel, and the New Testament church and explores the obligations of God's people to natural law within these covenant relationships.
In the concluding chapter of Divine Covenants and Moral Order
VanDrunen reflects on the need for a solid theology of natural law and the importance of natural law for the Christian's life in the public square.
—University of Toronto
"Divine Covenants and Moral Order is definitely the most comprehensive and the most original work on natural law by a Reformed Christian theologian to date. . . . A major contribution to a truly substantive Jewish-Christian dialogue on natural law."
—Columbia Theological Seminary
"David VanDrunen has successfully carved out a central place within the Reformed tradition for natural law and revelation. What makes his study so important is his facility in marshaling the rich variety of Scripture — from Genesis to Romans — to prove his case. Theologically profound and exegetically nuanced, VanDrunen's study is essentially a biblical theology of covenant, and any subsequent study will have to reckon with this major work."
—University of Tulsa
"VanDrunen's scriptural and exegetical survey of natural law is especially intriguing because of his attention to the Noahide laws as well as their echo in the New Testament. His exposition gives us a more ample theological narrative of the 'states' or 'conditions' of the human reception of natural law."
—University of Bristol Law School
"By grounding the mystery of human obligation in the grand narrative of biblical covenants, VanDrunen's keenly ambitious and mind-expanding account provides a provocative challenge not only to the church and the public square but also to the complex tradition of natural law itself."
"David VanDrunen here continues his sterling work of recovering and re-presenting the Reformed doctrine of the two kingdoms. That there is a biblical-theological account of natural law may be a surprise to those who have habitually thought of natural law in secularized terms. But such law is a divine gift, playing its part in every era. VanDrunen shows that it is a revealed truth, confirmed in experience, and that it undergirds 'the kingdoms of this world.' "
"VanDrunen speaks clearly, carefully, and incisively into contemporary debates about natural law. He fills an important interdisciplinary niche that warrants the attention of political theorists and philosophers in addition to theologians and biblical scholars. . . . For anyone who wants to think more biblically about natural law, this book is essential reading."