Great Historical Book

David Van Drunen has written a very important book on the history of two kingdoms theology and natural law. It doesn’t really matter in this case whether you agree with his position or not, this is a very important book for reckoning on the relationship of church and state. There are definitely some surprises for those who grew up on Neo-Calvinist positions, such as myself. I’m being forced to consider all these things afresh, which is a good thing, of course.

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6 Comments

  1. Ronnie said,

    March 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    It maybe worth mentioning that Dr VanDrunen is lecturing on this book tonight. These lectures are eventually posted on the web for those that cannot attend.

    http://kimriddlebarger.squarespace.com/the-latest-post/2010/3/26/authors-forum-with-dr-david-vandrunen-tonight.html

  2. teufeldog said,

    March 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Dr. VanDrunen’s “A Biblical Case for Natural Law” is very good too.

    http://goo.gl/3bHS

  3. Andrew McCallum said,

    March 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I agree this is an important book; I’m sure it will be discussed for years to come.

    There are a number of us in Reformedville who are not Christian Reconstructionists, but then we have some issues with the position that has been dubbed as the “radical 2K” theology of some at Westminster Seminary and elsewhere. It seems like there ought to be a happy (biblical) medium between Rushdoony and the modern Lutheran 2K perspective.

    I’m finding as I begin to read VanDrunen that he is throwing some things at me that I did not expect. Perhaps we could discuss these matters further when folks have had a chance to buy and read VanDrunen’s work. And so far I would recommend this book.

    Cheers,,,,,

  4. Ronnie said,

    March 29, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Andrew,

    Which position are dubbed as “Radical 2K”?

  5. Andrew McCallum said,

    March 29, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Ronnie,

    The position that says there is no application of the Christian faith to culture. There are lots of Reformed folks (me included) who are skeptical of the position that says that Church has a mandate to transform culture. But as I have interacted with folks who have labelled their position as “W2K,” some of them have gone beyond trying to extract the Church from culture to extacting all distintcly Christian thought from culture. To their thinking any cultural principles are derived from natural law to which Christians and pagans have equal access. Therefore Christianity has nothing to add to the formation of culture.

    Not sure where I heard the tern “Radical 2K” – maybe Doug Wilson’s site.

  6. Mark Van Der Molen said,

    March 30, 2010 at 6:58 am

    The term “Radical 2 Kingdom theology” originated from the ironink.org blogsite. There are a good number of posts under the heading “R2kT Virus”.


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