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Jordan Ballor Nota Bene

RTR: Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences (1517)

The second and final text under examination in this 500th reformation year is that for which the anniversary is recognized, the 95 Theses or “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” Indulgences are connected with the sacrament of penance. Technically indulgences remit temporal guilt and punishment for sins that have already been repented of […]

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Jordan Ballor Nota Bene

RTR: Disputation against Scholastic Theology (1517)

It is late in the year, but here’s a short post on the first of the two works of Luther from 1517 that begin the Reading the Reformation with Luther series, “Disputation against Scholastic Theology.” There are a number of intriguing aspects of this work. I’ll identify just a few and in no particular order […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene

Ruth+Boaz=The Calling of the Nations

At the end of the Book of Ruth, Boaz redeems the Moabitess Ruth, and the people and elders of the city say to Boaz: “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily […]

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Hodge’s Schleiermacher (3)

Charles Hodge’s next reference to Schleiermacher in his notes as preserved in his son’s Life comes from less than a week after the last reference, 14 March 1827 (a Wednesday, if you’re curious). This journal-entry deals with the subject of pantheism, whether Schleiermacher was a pantheist, and the relation of the philosophy and religion. Hodge says: […]

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Hodge’s Schleiermacher (2)

Last time we looked at Charles Hodge’s first mention of Friedrich Schleiermacher as recorded in his son A.A. Hodge’s The Life of Charles Hodge, from 4 March 1827. The next reference to him comes in a journal entry only four days later, on 8 March 1827, and again involves August Tholuck. Hodge writes: This morning, at […]

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Archive Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Ursinus on the Doctrine of God: Part 3- Answering Objections

Our next installment in our series from Zacharias Ursinus’s teaching on the doctrine of God (see also part 1 and part 2) is his defense of the traditional theological explanation against the detractors of his day. You will notice that the Reformed churches were opposed by the “biblicists” of their day. Ursinus does respond by […]

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Archive Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Ursinus on the Doctrine of God: Part 2- Basic Trinitarian Categories

We continue our series on Zacharias Ursinus’s explanation of the doctrine of the God (see part 1 for more), looking now at His explanation of the Trinity. The following comes from his Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, eighth Lord’s Day section 3, pg. 129-132 of the P&R edition. Readers will notice a strongly “traditional” explanation, […]

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Archive Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Ursinus on the Doctrine of God: Part 1– Monotheism

Given the recent widespread confusion about the doctrine of God among Reformed theologians, we thought it would be helpful to post some excerpts on the basic concepts of theology proper from Zacharias Ursinus. Ursinus gives a scholastic treatment of the question, one that is both traditional and succinct. The following comes from his Commentary on […]

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A Review of David’s Sytsma’s Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers

  Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers David S. Sytsma Published: Oxford, August 24, 2017 352 Pages       The Richard Baxter we know was the faithful pastor of Kidderminster, author of the Reformed Pastor, the Christian Directory and The Saint’s Everlasting Rest. At least, that’s how it looks from the re-published works.  But […]

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Hodge’s Schleiermacher (1)

Many people are familiar with Charles Hodge’s famous footnote about Friedrich Schleiermacher in heaven. Hodge was quite far from Schleiermacher’s theological principles (to put it mildly), yet he had this to say in note 372 of his Systematic Theology (2.3.4.9): When in Berlin the writer often attended Schleiermacher’s church. The hymns to be sung were printed on […]