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Nothing to Prove

Simon of Hills Bible Church, Melbourne, offers a jocular taxonomy of the sons of Calvin here. He covers the New Calvinists with their somewhat hyperactive pietism, the Neo-Calvinists with their supposedly nefarious plans for world domination, and the tribalistically confessional “Grumpy Calvinists” (you have the Adamic charism of apt namecalling, Simon) who think that the Neo-Calvinist […]

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Responsum: Voluntarism and Early Modern Political Theory

Our friend Davey Henreckson, formerly of Notre Dame and now of Princeton, has posed some very helpful questions for us at his site, in response to our essay, occasioned by the polemics of Mr. Matthew Tuininga, on the ecclesiastical politics of John Calvin. His questions are excerpted here, and replies follow. But first, two terms might […]

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Clericalism or Concord? Why We Need Irenic Ecclesiology

The recent news of Jason Stellman’s defection from the Reformed faith (and his presumedly Roman destination, being now, it seems, effectually “called to confusion”) is gaining a good deal of attention.  The “headline” quality of the story comes from the fact that Mr. Stellman was an ordained minister in the PCA and something of a spokesman for a peculiarly dogmatic brand […]

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John Calvin and the Two Kingdoms- Part 1

The investigation and application of classical evangelical political doctrine is one of our main commitments, and it is therefore important to us to ensure that Calvin is correctly read in his proper context of common Reformation principles. Anyone familiar with the American Reformed world knows that a peculiar school of political theology, associated with California’s […]

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John Calvin and the Two Kingdoms, Part 2

This is a continuation of our previous essay. Now we move to our own consideration of John Calvin.  We will first treat his theoretical principles and then examine his particular application of those principles, noting his unique political application, but also showing the way in which it does not break from the more basic principles […]

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W. Bradford Littlejohn on Mercersburg

Our friend and collaborator Mr Littlejohn is the general editor of the Mercersburg Theology Study Series, the central project of the Mercersburg Research Fellowship. The first volume, John Williamson Nevin’s The Mystical Presence and the Doctrine of the Reformed Church on the Lord’s Supper, has just been published by Wipf and Stock. The Mercersburg school […]

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Responsum: First Things, Philosophy, and Theology Proper

Dr Andrew Sandlin is a friend of our forum, and, although we disagree with him markedly on a number of important political and theological points, we do esteem his honesty, intelligence, and his positive contributions to Reformed discourse- most notably, his influential essay Toward a Catholic Calvinism, and his excellent little treatise Un-Inventing the Church. […]

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The Consistent and the Confused: Two Kinds of Two-Kingdoms

At last Darryl Hart admits that we’re the consistent Protestants, but with the proviso that in this case consistency is not a virtue. It is nevertheless quite a concession from the redoubtable Dr Hart, first, because it is an admission regarding our position which he’s never before granted, and second, because it’s very odd to find […]

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There’s Not *That* Much Strength in Numbers

Our friend Keith Brooks at City of God excerpts here a useful reflection from Kevin Vanhoozer on the problems of communitarian theology and its promotion of eisegesis from fallacy to the status of postmodern revelation.

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The Origins of Relational Ontology

We’ve long suspected that this is what moves otherwise intelligent people to talk this way.