I didn’t know whether to categorize it as “law-gospel” or “Republication of Covenant of Works,” or simply “Klinean theology.” You get the idea. The “law-gospel” divorce is much broader than the other two, but it includes them. Truth be told, though, “Klineanism” is the more accurate term for the discussion below.
Many decades ago CH Dodd praised the apostle Paul for anticipating higher criticism (JEDP: the vile heresy that there are multiple–and often conflicting–authors of Torah). Paul, per Dodd’s gloss, saw different strands of Deuteronomic teaching. Now, we all know Dodd is wrong and few Reformed authors would want to associate themselves with liberalism, but I have to ask: are they also Doddians, too?
How far removed from Dodd and the Documentary Hypothesis is the Reformed view that Torah contains both a faith principle and a works principle? It was not without reason that post-liberal William Willimon said today’s evangelicals are tomorrow’s liberals. Indeed.
The Klinean–and the unwitting Calvinist who follows Kline–posits a dialectic within Scripture which will ultimately deconstruct his worldview.