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Puritan Patristics: Protestant Catholicity

Friday, January 16th, 2009

B. The Puritan use of the Fathers. This positive exposition still needs some careful qualification. No reformed writer treated any church father as if his writings were on a par with Scripture. But neither did they succumb to a naïve Biblicism, thinking that they alone with their Bibles could arrive at a satisfactory system of […]

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Heresy

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

2. Archetypal error: the great heresies. We must consider the other side of this coin. Not only did the Puritans employ the writings of the Fathers as an aid in support of their orthodoxy, so also they viewed the errors of the patristic era as archetypal heresies: i.e. many of their own battles were simply […]

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Theology

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Let’s consider two key points. The study of the writings of their predecessors were important for two reasons—it established right and wrong doctrine and practice: 1. Archetypal theology and practice. How does one establish orthodoxy and orthopraxy? By building from scratch? No. Rather it is by recognizing the work of the Spirit in the church […]

Puritan Patristics: Historical Continuity

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Puritan Patristics A statement cited by Alister McGrath may serve as an entrée to our study. While not a puritan, the great Anglican Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626; a chief translator of the AV Bible) is said to have “declared that orthodox Christianity was based upon two testaments, three creeds, four gospels, and the first five centuries […]

The Puritans and the Past

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Over the next few days, I will publish some material from my Puritanism in Context lecture notes. In developing the class, it seemed important to spend some time considering how the Puritan divines viewed themselves in relation to the past. They were well aware of the criticism of novelty leveled against the Reformers and their […]

Christless Christianity

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

We live in a strange day. Pollster statistics tell us that professing evangelicals have increased in number throughout the United States, and yet there seems to be no palpable impact on either the church or our nation. Why is this? Westminster Seminary California professor Michael Horton is involved in an important project seeking to answer […]

Great is the Mystery of Godliness

Monday, September 29th, 2008

From Ambrose, (De Fide, ad Gratianum) as cited by John Owen in the Preface to Christologia I inquire of you when and how the Son was begotten? Impossible it is to me to know the mystery of this generation. My mind faileth, my voice is silent — and not only mine, but of the angels; […]

God’s Blessing

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Posted by Prof. Renihan At Escondido Reformed Baptist Church, we have 7 student-interns. These men participate in different ways in the teaching and preaching work of our assembly, and we greatly appreciate their labors. Recently, the men have been teaching us about worship–why we do the things that we do in our worship services. We […]

Beware the Ides of March?

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Calvin on Providence and Fortune: Institutes 1:16:2 (Thanks to Mr. Brandon Wilkins for this reference) That this distinction may be the more manifest, we must consider that the Providence of God, as taught in Scripture, is opposed to fortune and fortuitous causes. By an erroneous opinion prevailing in all ages, an opinion almost universally prevailing […]

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