Twentieth century discussions of Edwards' covenant theology frequently named a tension in the purity of Edwards' Calvinism. Was his insistent teaching on the covenant of grace suggestive of incipient Arminianism, or was Perry Miller correct in asserting that Edwards rejected the covenant, with its abridging of God's freedom, by his categorical insistence on God's absolute sovereignty in salvation?
Bogue explores the breadth of Edwards' writing, including many unpublished manuscripts, and interacts with a broad spectrum of secondary works to demonstrate conclusively that Calvinism and the covenant of grace are entirely consistent and do not exclude one another. The covenant of grace is not a device of man acting autonomously; it is a provision of the eternal, sovereign, electing God. As set forth by Edwards, it is simply the way the sovereign God has committed Himself to carry out what He has decreed from all eternity pertaining to the redemption of sinners.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"No study of the significance of Jonathan Edwards' theology is complete without the masterful treatment provided by Dr. Carl Bogue. He skillfully opens up Edwards' contribution to the development of covenant theology."
R. C. Sproul
"As far as I am aware of literature on Edwards this is the best, comprehensive, scholarly representation of his theology in print in any language."
John H. Gerstner
"This work remains the most sophisticated and nuanced treatment of Christian salvation in Jonathan Edwards' preaching and writing. The author's selection of material from the vast array available is both judicious and illuminating. The result is a reliable roadmap to guide us through Edwards' intricate and passionate exposition of Reformed soteriology."
Dr Michael McClenahan, Northern Ireland
Carl W. Bogue
Carl W. Bogue holds an MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Theology from the Free University of Amsterdam. He is pastor emeritus of Faith Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio, where he was senior pastor for over 30 years. He has written various monographs and articles, including A Hole in the Dike: Critical Aspects of Berkouwer's Theology.