However, I have since received a communication pointing me to the blog run by David Anderson, which takes issue with the publicity for Ecclesia Reformanda, observing that, rather than simply being about 'Reformed' theology, the movement behidn it represents a particular strand called 'Federal Visionism'.
Now I have two confessions to make. The first is that this had entirely escaped my attention. But given David Anderson's observation that the publicity makes no direct mention of this, I won't feel too bad about that. Anderson comments, however, that in his view,
Perhaps more embarrassingly, I also have to confess that I know next to nothing about Federal Visionism (indeed, I'm not even sure that is the right word!). My first instinct, though is to wonder whether it has any significant parallels with Christian Reconstructionism.
- The real purpose of this new magazine is to promote the "Federal Vision" theology of Douglas Wilson / Peter Leithart / Credenda/Agenda / Auburn Avenue etcetera in the UK.
- Yet for some reason the magazine's backers have decided to hide this fact.
- Not only have they decided it's best strategy to hide their real aim, they've also decided to present the "Federal Vision" as if it were mainstream British Reformed theology, which it is certainly not: not historically and absolutely not in the last 200 years or at the present day.
I do know, though, that I might have been a bit more cautious about the link if I'd known there was an 'issue' here. In this case, I must offer the disclaimer that carrying an advertisement does not necessarily entail endorsement of the product.
Revd John Richardson
Updated 5 minutes later!
It seems my "first instinct" (see above) wasn't entirely off. Having posted this comment, I went to the Wikipedia article on Federal Vision (you have to start somewhere), where I read this:
Many of those who are involved in Federal Vision theology began in the Christian Reconstructionist movement until differences in methods and interpretations led to their exodus.Now Reconstructionism is something I do know something about, having encountered it in the 1980s. Indeed, my views on usury and interest owe a lot to that period (though not much, now, to that theology). Reconstructionism was, I think, fundamentally flawed in its understanding of the impact of the gospel and on its implications for human living. (In fact I was getting rather heated earlier today in a discussion about Galatians in this regard, which I was saying had implications for our political views quite at odds with the contemporary political establishment.)
I suspect, therefore, this will not be my last post on the subject.
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