of Faith, Section 19.4… An Update Westminster
The second edition of Understanding the
Confession of Faith, Section 19.4, on the Judicial Law and General
Equity by Vindiciae
Legis has been prepared as an appendix to a forthcoming new edition of Steve C. Halbrook’s God is Just: A Defense of the Old Testament Civil Laws. Westminster
Most of the Vindiciae Legis article has been left unchanged but some new paragraphs and citations have been added. The discussion of Anthony Burgess’ position on the judicial law has been rewritten in the interests of clarity.
Some notable additions are an extra citation from Cawdrey and Palmer’s Sabbatum Redivum and a footnote with citations from several continental divines showing that, like many puritans, they also believed in a twofold judicial law. This view of the law recognized a division into:
1. Laws of particular equity (or juris particularis) which were intended specially for the Jewish nation, but nevertheless had some grounding in general equity;
2. Laws of general i.e. common equity (or juris communis) which were perpetually binding on all nations, Jews and Gentiles alike.
Vindiciae Legis demonstrates that it is not possible to understand WCF 19.4, and indeed WCF 19.5, without taking the two divisions of the judicial law into account.
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