A systematic theology friendly to confessional baptist covenant theology

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Feb 12 2020 3:58 PM

Since I'm just beginning to dig deeper into conf. Baptist cov theo. can anyone suggest a systematic theology that is close enough to it?

I realize there are some differences over baptism, dispensationalism and the new covenant. Those I can read and sift through. 

I have a few sys theologies that I think may be worth digging into and would like some opinions (no arguments) as to whether these might be a good starting place. Also, if there are any other theologies that might be worth while (?) in regards to my question pls let me know.

The Christian Faith A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the way - Horton

Reformation Theology A systematic Summary - ed. Matthew Barrett

Introducing Covenant Theology - Horton

Reformed Dogmatics - Vos

A New Systematic Theology of The Christian Faith - Reymond

Reformed Dogmatics - Bavinck

Foundations of the Christian Faith Revised - Boice

Systematic Theology - Culver.

Those are just a few.

So if anyone could lend a guiding hand to get me going I would much appreciate it!

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 12 2020 5:24 PM

Horton's The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way was one of the texts for a series of systematic theology classes I took.  I found it very well written.  It presents a Reformed point of view.

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 12 2020 6:56 PM

Thank-you. Do you think that his views are somewhat Baptistic? I'm thinking there's not going to be a covenantal Baptist theology out there so I'd like to get something that would help me with a reformed Baptist view.

I do have his Pilgrim Theology Study and Discussion guide plus his Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples. I just don't want to wade into something and find that there was something else I could have been studying.

Thanks again.

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 13 2020 11:23 AM

Milkman:
Do you think that his views are somewhat Baptistic?

No. Dr. Horton is Presbyterian/Reformed with a heavy 2 kingdom theology. Given that he teaches at Westminster California, his covenant theology is likely along the lines of Meredith Kline.

-Donnie

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RHC | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 13 2020 11:54 AM

These 3 books aren't covenantal but they are baptist and reformed in theology.

J.P. Boyce - Abstract of Systematic Theology  
https://www.logos.com/product/4948/abstract-of-systematic-theology  (The Logos preview doesn't do justice to the book. Here's google's preview on justification )

John Gill - Body of Doctrinal Divinity and Body of Practical Divinity  
https://www.logos.com/product/45644/a-complete-body-of-doctrinal-and-practical-divinity

John MacArthur's systematic theology is baptist/reformed as well, but not confessional/covenantal at all.
https://www.logos.com/product/130506/biblical-doctrine-a-systematic-summary-of-bible-truth

Covenantal  and pre-1689,  from the product description: "Nehemiah Coxe, probably the co-editor of the London Baptist Confession of Faith (1677/89)":

Nehemiah Coxe's Covenant Theology From Adam to Christ
https://www.amazon.com/Covenant-Theology-Christ-Nehemiah-Coxe-ebook/dp/B00YCX8I96/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Covenant+Theology+From+Adam+to+Christ&qid=1581623361&sr=8-1

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 13 2020 1:44 PM

Ok thanks. That saves me from defaulting to Dr. Horton. Of course the other doctrines such as, Christology, ecclesiology, sinology, spiritology :) in his systematic are orthodox.

thanks again for your help.

Donnie Hale:

Milkman:
Do you think that his views are somewhat Baptistic?

No. Dr. Horton is Presbyterian/Reformed with a heavy 2 kingdom theology. Given that he teaches at Westminster California, his covenant theology is likely along the lines of Meredith Kline.

-Donnie

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 13 2020 1:52 PM

Well I have three of the four you mentioned. I don't have MacArthur. 

I suppose that's a good start and maybe in the meantime while I'm reading them I'll come across other book references as well.

I went to the 1689 Federalism page and there was an Ask a Question form which I loaded with some queries that are in reference to this OP. They haven't replied yet (been three days). I'm assuming they eventually will. 

I forgot to mention that I haveTom Nettles book on Dr Boyce called James Petigru Boyce A Southern Baptist Statesman and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 1859 - 2009 by Dr. Wills.

Just looking through my hard copies I do have Dr. Boyce's Abstract which I bought during Seminary days. SB Seminary to boot, but we used Erickson and Frank Staggs NT Theo.

Thanks RHC.

RHC:

These 3 books aren't covenantal but they are baptist and reformed in theology.

J.P. Boyce - Abstract of Systematic Theology  
https://www.logos.com/product/4948/abstract-of-systematic-theology  (The Logos preview doesn't do justice to the book. Here's google's preview on justification )

John Gill - Body of Doctrinal Divinity and Body of Practical Divinity  
https://www.logos.com/product/45644/a-complete-body-of-doctrinal-and-practical-divinity

John MacArthur's systematic theology is baptist/reformed as well, but not confessional/covenantal at all.
https://www.logos.com/product/130506/biblical-doctrine-a-systematic-summary-of-bible-truth

Covenantal  and pre-1689,  from the product description: "Nehemiah Coxe, probably the co-editor of the London Baptist Confession of Faith (1677/89)":

Nehemiah Coxe's Covenant Theology From Adam to Christ
https://www.amazon.com/Covenant-Theology-Christ-Nehemiah-Coxe-ebook/dp/B00YCX8I96/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Covenant+Theology+From+Adam+to+Christ&qid=1581623361&sr=8-1

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RHC | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 13 2020 2:34 PM

I hesitated to mention John MacArthur because he holds to some type of dispensationalism and denies that the "covenant of works" is biblical, so it may not be the sort of book you're looking for right now.

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 13 2020 6:10 PM

Agreed.

RHC:

I hesitated to mention John MacArthur because he holds to some type of dispensationalism and denies that the "covenant of works" is biblical, so it may not be the sort of book you're looking for right now.

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