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Politics Reformed: The Anglo-American Legacy of Covenant Theology (ERIC VOEGELIN INST SERIES) Hardcover – June 9, 2010
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"This remarkable overview of history and opinion regarding the political theory of the covenant will undoubtedly become a standard resource on the history of this topic. --Thomas Kidd, author of American Christians and Islam
Politics Reformed provides a clear and readable study of the idea of covenant in the Anglo-American setting. A particular contribution is its analysis of the place of the natural law tradition in Reformed political theology a tradition missed by many even within Reformed circles. --Jeffry H. Morrison, author of John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic
Moots resurrects the existential God and God’s covenant theology from their death at the hands of naturalistic theology. . . . Moots’s analysis of covenants yields a fascinating look at the infrequently studied but important legacy of reformed political theology. Highly Recommended. – Choice
"Moots expertly demonstrates how much the founding era's commitment to the social contract ideal owed to the Hebraic and Reformed Protestant commitment to the covenant. Most impressive, however, is the way he dissects the soteriological concerns that underlay the covenant ideal and connects them to the moderate church-state separation that is sanctioned." --Chris Beneke, American Historical Review
There is much to admire about this book. – Sixteenth Century Journal
“Like many works that deal with the covenant theme, Moots’s relatively brief work is a complex but rewarding account. It draws important connections between the theological framework of early modern Reformed thought and political theory and practice.” David A. Weir, Church History
Moots has written an impressive study on the impact of covenant theology on British and American politics. – Anglican and Episcopal History
Politics Reformed succeeds in confronting modern-day political theorists (religious and other) with the unique contributions of covenantal thought. - Koers
"If you are engaged in America's current culture wars and you want to understand more of what is going on around you than you usually do, this book is the butterfly's boots. . . . If you think history, politics, and theology today largely consists of one lame thing after another, this book will help you understand why. -- Douglas Wilson, Blog & Mablog
"Moots gives a detailed and erudite account of how covenantal theology both shaped political order and gave an account of how human beings could best be simultaneously religious and political." --Jeffrey Polet, Front Porch Republic
I suspect that Glenn Moots is a great fan of Agatha Christie. It is not that his book is a work of fiction, but it certainly does read like a murder mystery. True to the genre, the tale begins with the discovery of a death: in this case, God’s.
But this is a detective story with a twist. The mystery is not who killed God, or even who killed “covenant” as a political symbol and device, for as the tale of the historical development of covenant in Anglo-American political thought and practice unfolds, the truth emerges that they are not entirely dead . . . The mystery is, rather, whether God and covenant can be saved in the public realm and, if so, how and by whom? – William French, Voegelin View
About the Author
Glenn Moots is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Northwood University.
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A reader does not need to be Reformed or even Christian to appreciate what Moots has done with this book, however, since the covenant view he offers is also a genealogy of European and American liberalism. Though figures like Locke, Hume, and Montesquieu loomed large, so did the notion of a Christian republic, especially in the American context. Moots demonstrates this view convincingly. The later chapter addressing rival convenantal theories is of more use to scholars than students (I have used it in my own work), but the rest is good for any reader. A major contribution and worthy of all the praise it has already received--and more.