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On the Dangers of Writing Responsibly

CS Lewis, in his masterful work English Literature in the Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama, takes the reader through an overview of the religious and controversial writings of that time.  He works through More, Tyndale, and Latimer, noting how each was more than willing to launch into biting satire and brusque prose.  Each of these men, though […]

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Will the Real Geneva Please Stand Up?

In another recent attack on the “Internationalist” R2K critics, Darryl Hart has afforded an excellent opportunity for us to draw attention to the extent to which anachronistic categories, derived from retrospectively reading back later developments into the early Reformation period, have distorted our grasp of political and ecclesiastical realities in the magisterial Reformation.  (See my […]

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The Perils of Taxonomy and History

Brad Littlejohn has a helpful post on the different ways in which “the marks of the church” were used among the magisterial Reformers.  He makes a plea for greater agility when identifying key theological terms and their significance for ecclesiastical unity.  This is of a piece with our own historical narrative at TCI.  No doubt many will […]

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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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Tuininga’s Kingdoms and the Reformed Tradition

Another recent essay on the two-kingdoms doctrine that has been getting some attention across the web comes from Matt Tuininga, a Ph.D student of John Witte’s at Emory University.  Tuininga’s essay, “Two Kingdoms and the Reformed Tradition,” is a clear example of why, as we have been contending, the dispute over Reformed two-kingdoms teaching today, […]

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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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The Faith of King James

King James VI of Scotland and I of England has a split  reputation among Christians.  Some have nearly divinized him because of his association with the Authorized Version of the Bible.  Others, typically those taking themselves to be heirs of the stricter Puritans, have reacted strongly against this portrait, going out of their way to […]

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Anglicans and Orthodoxy in the 17th Cent.

It is common to hear of ecumenical dialogue between Anglicans and Orthodox.  Unfortunately, this now is usually a one-sided conversation, with certain Anglicans trying mightily to show their Eastern credentials. Some even cite the Anglican Reformers’ dialogue with the Orthodox and use of the church fathers as evidence for the specious claim that the Anglicans […]