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A Review of Dr VanDrunen’s “Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms”

Our friend Robbie Crouse of Wheaton sums up and then critiques Dr VanDrunen’s thesis in a thorough two part review: part one is here,  part two here, and the conclusions at which he arrives accord very closely with our own.

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Littlejohn contra Cavanaugh

TCI contributor Bradford Littlejohn replies at the Political Theology blog to William Cavanaugh’s rejoinder to Mr Littlejohn’s original post; his debunking of certain leitmotif myths of Radical Orthodoxy  deserves close attention.

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The Return of Hymning the King

NPR discusses the promising beginnings of a return to more fitting forms of church music.

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Dr Flint on Reason, Revelation, and Rome

The Scottish theologian and philosopher Robert Flint (1838-1910), now mostly forgotten, wrote many well-balanced works of rational apologetics and philosophy. He was one of the first to clearly see that modern scientism doesn’t so much consider theology as its prime enemy, since it can quarantine that in the realm of the “private”, but rather regards […]

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Sedes Vacans

Francis continues to surprise the Curia; in this case, by leaving empty the sedia gestatoria of splendor in order to take the seat of pastoral episcopacy.

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Collaboration in the Humanities

Not so long ago Darryl G Hart, noting that Pastor Wedgeworth and I often write together and when doing so use the first person plural pronoun, punned on this usage and on our surname initials and dubbed us “WE.” And WE couldn’t be more pleased with that tag. But it’s not just us; in our […]

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The Pactum Salutis Doctrine in John Owen

Dr Laurence O’ Donnell of the Bavinck Institute offers here an excellent examination of  John Owen’s handling of one of the most contested arcana of Reformed theology, the so-called pactum salutis.

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The Common Good, Instrumental or Intrinsic?

It’s something of a trick question. Michael Hannon, drawing on the reflections of the great 20th c Thomist Charles de Koninck, replies to Robert George’s argument that the common good is not an intrinsic good, but in doing so, Hannon decisively rebuts the idea that saying that it is an intrinsic good leads to totalitarianism […]

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More Than A Brain

Sally Satel writing at the Atlantic urges the distinction between brain, as studied by neuroscience, and mind. She strongly suggests that mind is irreducible to brain, but seems unwilling to go all the way and say that brain is instrumental to mind, which is higher. She does however note the ominous implications of a totalizing […]

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Pope Francis on the Bible and the Bounds of the Word

Dr Leonardo de Chirico notes at Reformation21 that Pope Francis reasserts the traditional papalist doctrine that the Word is wider than the Scripture, a doctrine which, Dr de Chirico observes, insures the need for a magisterial arbiter to authoritatively recognize that Word diffused beyond the Writ. In other words, without that doctrine, the Pope is […]