Subtitle: Its Import and Its Regulative Influence
From the Preface by J. Ligon Duncan, III:
In the face of such modern disdain for classical covenant theology, Reformed Academic Press happily offers to the public this re-publication of Girardeau’s “Federal Theology.” However unpleasant is the federal system, in its tenets and emphases, to the contemporary theological mind-set, we believe it to possess the supreme advantage of doing justice to the range of scriptural themes regarding God’s relation to man. It accents God’s love, but not at the expense of his holiness; his grace, but not at the expense of his law; his free gift of salvation, but not at the expense of his costly provision of redemption. Covenant theology reminds us again that the communion of God with his people is not only gracious but just. And until it is understood that it is just, grace has yet to be adequately appreciated.
John Lafayette Girardeau (1825-1898) was a renowned preacher of the old Southern Presbyterian Church (PCUS), served as minister of the famous Zion Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and later as Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary from 1876 to 1895. Among his writings are Calvinism and Evangelical Arminianism, Discussions of Theological Questions, The Will in its Theological Relations, and Life Work and Sermons.