The Second Stage in the Development of the Federal Theology

David A. Weir

in The Origins of the Federal Theology in Sixteenth-Century Reformation Thought

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780198266907
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683107 | DOI:
The Second Stage in the Development of the Federal Theology

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Zacharias Ursinus's colleagues continued to develop the covenant theme in Reformed theology after his death. One of the most important was Caspar Olevianus, who by 1584 was teaching at the Herborn Academy. In 1585 he published his De substantia. A careful examination of the De substantia shows that the idea of a prelapsarian covenant is mentioned six times, but that all the references are scattered; the theme is not developed in any specific way or place. The result is that the prelapsarian covenant idea does not have a specific place in Olevianus's theological system; for Olevianus it is still a locus communis — a commonplace of theology to be developed and worked into a theological system. Thus, it is important to understand Protestant theological methodology of the late 16th century.

Keywords: Zacharias Ursinus; covenant; Reformed theology; Caspar Olevianus; De substantia; prelapsarian covenant; commonplace; theological system

Chapter.  8407 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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