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The Harvest Of Reformation Mythology? Patrick Gillespie And The Covenant Of Redemption

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It seems appropriate in a volume of essays honouring the contributions of Willem van Asselt to the study of Reformed orthodoxy, to offer a short paper looking at the covenant of redemption as it came to be articulated in the thought of Patrick Gillespie. The covenant of redemption is one doctrinal concept which is specifically developed by the Reformed Orthodox in the mid-seventeenth century which sheds important light on the very nature of the development of Reformed theology from the Reformation. Positively connected to debates about Christology, about the nature of God and necessity, about linguistics and exegesis, and about the nature of salvation itself, it is far more than the mythology which Barth accused it of being.

Keywords: covenant of redemption; Patrick Gillespie; reformation mythology; Willem van Asselt



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