Interview #2: Pascal Denault – The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology (1 Of 2) + 3 Book Giveaways

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On episode two of our podcast, we interview Pascal Denault on his new book The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology: A Comparison Between Seventeenth-Century Particular Baptist and Paedobaptist Federalism.

After that, we talk about some Reformed Baptist news and give you a preview of next week’s episode featuring the second part of our interview with Pascal Denault on his newest book.

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The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology

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John Owen Outline By Brandon Adams


Brandon Adams has created an Expandable/Collapsible Outline of John Owen’s commentary on Hebrews 8:6-13

In talking with a number of well read people, I have been surprised how many of them are completely unaware of John Owen’s contribution to covenant theology. I had one person ridicule baptists for rejecting “Reformed orthodoxy” in the Westminster Standards because of our view of covenant theology. He then informed me he would “stick with Witsius, Owen, Petto, and Colquhoun.” This man was completely unaware that John Owen rejected the “Reformed orthodoxy” of the Westminster Standards.

Owen rejected the formulation of the Westminster Confession (one covenant, two administrations) and held that the new and the old were two distinct covenants with two different mediators and everything else that follows. I believe he provides a valuable contribution to current debate over covenant theology and everyone who is interested should read him. However, I also know not everyone has time to read through his 150 pages on Hebrews 8:6-13, so I have created a summary outline of Owen’s argumentation. I created it in a collapsible format to make it easier to follow the progress of his arguments. Hopefully this will interest people in reading Owen, which will hopefully lead to a better understanding of covenant theology for us all.

via Jim Renihan “A Useful Tool for Reading John Owen on Hebrews 8″ at The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies

Review Of The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology By Pascal Denault From Reformed Media Review

Reformed Forum’s podcast Reformed Media Review (hosted by  Camden Bucey) had Jonathan Brack reviewing The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology by Pascal Denault. Even as paedobaptist, they admit that, “this is a helpful treatment of historic Reformed credo-baptist arguments.”

Listen to the 17 minute audio podcast here [mp3]

Note that alot of the questions they had of the book are questions we ask Pascal Denault and you can hear on our next two podcast (coming out April 16th & 23rd).

Michael Horton & Jeff Johnson Debate Covenant Theology

Michael Horton (Reformed), Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California and Jeff Johnson (Covenantal Baptist), author of The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism debate “What’s The Difference: Baptist vs. Presbyterian”.

Both men believe that the Mosaic Covenant is in some sense a Republication of the Covenant of Works.

The debate took place at the 2012 Semper Reformanda Conference at Grace Family Baptist Church, Spring, Texas, where Voddie Baucham is an Elder.

(1 hour video courtesy of Brandon Adams via Keith Throop)

“The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology” Reviews & Endorsements

The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology

Solid Ground Books has published “THE DISTINCTIVENESS OF BAPTIST COVENANT THEOLOGY: A Comparison Between Seventeenth-Century Particular Baptist and Paedobaptist Federalism” by Pascal Denault.

Order the book from the publisher or Amazon.


By Pastor Darl Crawford

“He has carefully researched the theological texts of the seventeenth-century, examining the covenantal distinctions between Presbyterians and Baptists. While the two groups have certain similarities, they also have significant divergences. It is a subject of no small importance.”

By Brandon Adams

“Someone has finally put in print an analysis of what 17th century particular baptists believed about covenant theology. As amazing as it sounds, no other book has done this. Of the now numerous books published on baptist covenant theology, none of them have done what Denault has done. None of them endeavored to explain what the editors and signers of the 1689 London Baptist Confession meant when they modified Chapter 7 of the LBCF. Some have written how they personally interpret Chapter 7, but not necessarily how the London baptists did. Many reformed baptists have labored hard to reconcile their credobaptism with covenant theology, but for the most part they went back to the drawing board to do so, rather than standing on the shoulders of those who came before.”


“This book by Pascal Denault is a welcome addition to the literature on an issue that has vexed many for too long. It is clear that the seventeenth-century Particular Baptists’ formulation of covenant theology in the Second London Confession of Faith was a modified version of the one contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith. But why the different formulation? Denault’s work goes ad fontes (to the sources) to find the answer.” – Richard C. Barcellos, Ph. D., Palmdale, CA (fuller endorsement here)

“Pascal Denault deserves many thanks for his labor in researching and describing the nuances of English covenant theology in the Seventeenth Century. He has uncovered significant factors contibuting to the differences between Presbyterian and Particular Baptist thought and practice, describing theological categories in easily accessible terms.” – James M. Renihan, Ph.D., Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies

“I pray that this work will contribute to the raising up of more reformed covenantal baptist churches which avoid the errors of dispensationalism, theonomy, the Federal Vision, and law/gospel errors. It is worthy to be read by all concerned.” – Fred A. Malone, Ph.D., author of ‘Baptism of Disciplies Alone’

“Not only do I think that this is an excellent and valuable resource. I believe it is one of the best upon this suibject. This is such an informative and helpful book that I pray that our covenant Lord provodentially places this book into the hands of every student of covenant theology.” – Jeffrey D. Johnson, author of ‘The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism’

“Denault’s careful work on the seventeenth-century documents has yielded a strong, Bible-centered, covenantal defense of believers’ baptism and is worthy of a dominant place in the contemporary discussions of both covenantalism and baptism.” – Thomas J. Nettles, Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This new study by Pascal Denault is most helpful in providing an accurate summary of the historic discussion between the Baptists and their fellow Puritans, and then showing the way this discussion bears on the contemporary treatment of a vital issue.” – Michael A.G. Haykin, Th.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Whether one agrees or disagrees with Pascal’s arguments and conclusion, nobody can read this book without admitting the seriousness and the soundness of the facts that are reported and that make it a most commendable book on the subject.” – Raymond Perron, Ph.D., Quebec City, Qc