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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 [...]

Making Progress in a Day of Decline

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Submitted by Prof. Renihan In my last post, I mentioned my encouragement at the general state of the many churches I visited and pastors I spoke with in 2008. Overall, the state of our churches seems to be healthy. But I cannot say the same about the state of Evangelical Christianity in general. When I [...]

The State of our Churches

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Submitted by Prof. Renihan Last year was a busy year. I traveled more than 100,000 miles on airplanes along with several local trips by automobile. I flew across the Atlantic twice and the Pacific once. I visited churches all over the US as well as in several foreign countries. I taught classes in several different [...]

The Memorial Stones—God’s Acts in History (Joshua 3&4)

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

A Meditation for the New Year The Book of Joshua serves an important role in the story line of the Bible.  It moves us forward from the judgment imposed on the covenant nation for their disobedience—40 years of wandering in a wilderness—to the conquest of the land promised 500 years before to Abraham.  But more [...]

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