Bradstreet on Human Dignity and Multiculturaliam

Thomas Bradstreet has recently published a couple important essays. The first is a fascinating take on human dignity from a Reformed perspective (which he wrote with Dominic Foo). This is a long read, but worth it. The second is on multiculturalism in the church. This one contains really important distinctions that have been largely lost …

Pagan Civil Righteousness

The following are quotes from Reformed theologians on the possibility of pagans achieving civil righteousness (see my previous post on the subject). “In political life even an infidel may be called just, innocent, and upright because of [their external and civil life of words, deeds and works], since they have “natural knowledge of and inclination towards …

Reformed Natural Theology – Part 3 (Pictet)

Part 1 and Part 2 Our discussion of Reformed natural theology concludes with an analysis of the work of Benedict Pictet (1655-1724). Pictet was Francis Turretin’s nephew and studied theology and philosophy under him. He was also Turretin’s assistant in the theology department of the Academy of Geneva. He later replaced Turretin as the chair …

Francis Turretin on the necessity of good works

In Francis Turretin’s brilliant section on “The Law of God” in his Institutes of Elenctic Theology (11th Topic), he “affirms against the antinomians” that the law “in a certain respect…still pertains to Christians.” Here is part of his response (23rd question, paragraphs V-VII): Finally, the law is necessary in many ways to Christians. (1) With …

What is ‘the church’? What was ‘the church’?

“The Lazy Man’s Way” In asking the question “what is the church?” in the context of 2000 years of church history, we have to also ask the question “what was the church?” And in asking the question “what was the church?” we have to also further ask the question, “what was the church at different …

The shape of things to come

Dr. James White did an interview with Turretinfan that wasn’t advertised as an interview with Turretinfan, but rather as a discussion of “Reformation history.” That part of the program came later, but it’s one of the best Dividing Line programs that I’ve heard. Both aspects of this — Turretin and the Reformation, are well worth …

Get out of Dodge

Over at BeggarsAllReformation.blogspot.com, Jason Engwer and I became involved in a discussion about the early church fathers. Jason pointed me to a work by D.H. Williams on the topic of “Evangelicals and Tradition: The Formative Influence of the Early Church (Evangelical Ressourcement: Ancient Sources for the Church’s Future).” In those comments, I applauded Williams’s work, …

Bryan Cross and Apostolic Succession

I’ve been asked to comment on this thread about “Apostolic Succession”: http://www.calledtocommunion.com/2010/03/doug-wilsons-authority-and-apostolic-succession/ I don’t have much time to spend on this, but I do want to suggest that any Protestants who are thinking of “crossing the tiber” over this issue — and even those who have — ought to give some serious consideration to the …

Thumbs up or thumbs down on Rome?

One commenter said: The way you write, I guess, seems to me to reveal a near certainty concerning the falsity of Catholic Doctrine. It seems as though you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Catholicism simply couldn’t be true. And you’re willing to hang everything on that confidence. Too often, an argument is …