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Andrew Fulford Archive Natural Law Philosophy

The God of Psalm 19

It is perhaps one of the most famous wisdom Psalms, and with good reason. Psalm 19 meditates on creation and the law, distilling their message and benefits for Israel’s choirs. However, for at least two reasons readers today may miss the wisdom of the song. Firstly, David’s brevity assumes wisdom in his audience without providing […]

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Archive E.J. Hutchinson Reformed Irenicism

Buchanan: Hymnus matutinus ad Christum

I had intended to post this before Christmas, but the theme is never out of season. What follows is a short hymn to Christ by George Buchanan. After having made an unpoetical translation, I discovered that there have been a handful of translations of it over the past couple of centuries. But I’ll warrant I’m […]

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Calvin the Parsimonious

Jim West passes along a description of John Calvin’s parsimonious lifestyle. A snip: On December 28, 1556, the council sent him some wood to warm his chamber; he carried them the money for it, but they would not take it. The same body sent him, May 14, 1560, a tun of the best wine, because […]

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Archive Economics Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

Westminster and Common Land

In its treatment of the 8th Commandment, the Larger Catechism lists “unjusts inclosures and depopulations” as a “sin forbidden.” This is an expression that is relatively unfamiliar to modern American readers, but one which has a very long and significant history in political and economic literature. A “short” history is available here, and an even […]

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Archive Civic Polity Peter Escalante Reformed Irenicism

Gruess von Krampus

There are few things easier than pointing out the grotesqueness of public square American Christmas. And every year some Christians rally to “put the Christ back in Christmas,” although this would mean scrapping most of what we know as Christmas; if there is a “war on Christmas,” it has long since been waged and won […]

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Archive Nota Bene Philosophy Steven Wedgeworth

Kuyper and the German Philosophy

While Abraham Kuyper’s life and legacy has very much to commend itself, one of its less felicitous contributions has been its peculiar outlook on philosophy. Though Kuyperianism has in many ways detached itself from Kuyper and become an independent thing, saying both more and less than Kuyper himself, it is still the case that its […]

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Archive E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene Sacred Doctrine

“Man’s Maker Was Made Man”

A passage of astonishing power and beauty from one of Augustine’s Christmas sermons (191), preached perhaps in 411 or 412. Christ came to save sinners. Man’s Maker was made man, that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breasts; that the Bread might be hungry, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the […]

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Merry Christmas

See how from far upon the Eastern rode The Star-led Wisards haste with odours sweet: O run, prevent them with thy humble ode, And lay it lowly at his blessed feet; Have thou the honour first, thy Lord to greet, And joyn thy voice unto the Angel Quire, From out his secret Altar toucht with […]

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Archive Civic Polity Economics Steven Wedgeworth

RL Dabney’s Theory of Economics

Robert L. Dabney is known, to those who know him, as the grey eminence of an old and lost form of Presbyterianism.  To call him “Old School” might be an understatement, as Dr. Dabney wrote against the incipient public school movement, women’s rights, and most infamously of all, abolition and the US Civil War.  Dr. […]

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Westminster and Economic Justice

The Westminster Larger Catechism has a comprehensive treatment of the moral law, and its treatment of the eighth commandment is particularly interesting. With certain small modifications, these statements are representative of the older universal Christian tradition. Q. 140. Which is the eighth commandment? A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal. Q. 141. What are the […]