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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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Archive Civic Polity Ecclesiastical Polity Steven Wedgeworth

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 […]

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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.

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Hooker in the Bedroom? Law, Liberty, and Things Indifferent

Reformed evangelical pastor Mark Driscoll recently sent shockwaves through the evangelical world with the publication of his book Real Marriage.  Of course, sending shockwaves is what Driscoll does best, and most often, the scandals have something to do with unapologetic exaltation of masculinity and politically incorrect pronouncements on gender roles—he’s too much of a fundamentalist, […]

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Iconoclasm and Freedom

“In law and theology, the arcanum imperii becomes transparent”- Agamben goes on to say that worship is to theology what metaphysics is to philosophy. He offers here some characteristically illuminating reflections on the liturgical foundations of polity, though his focus is on unreformed examples. But we might ask: what is the radically evangelical act of […]

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Highlighting a Protestant Canterbury

As a part of our resourcement project, we have categorized a number of the Reformation churches and schools under the heading “Evangelical Centers of Learning.”  Part of our rationale for this approach is our conviction that the identity of the Reformed churches was not simply drawn from abstract theology- not even distinctive theological positions and […]

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Von Mises, Liberalism, and the Kingdom of God

Peter Leithart here draws attention to libertarian guru Ludwig von Mises’ animosity toward Christianity. Mises’ charges are old ones, whose most recent variants include Nietzsche’s critique of Christianity as resentment-driven Sklavenmoral. This is not to say that there’s nothing at all to the thesis that Christianity deliberately upsets fixed settlements of inequity. It is in fact true. […]

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John Davenant, the Saumur Theology, and Reformed Identity

Anthony Milton includes John Davenant’s “On the controversy among the French Divines” in his The British Delegation and the Synod of Dort (Boydell Press, 2005) 397-402. This is a particularly interesting and helpful source because it shows a classic “Anglican” perspective on issues at the heart of the atonement debate. Written during the Synod of Dort […]

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In Blessed Memory

Pastor Dr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who wasn’t afraid to stick his neck out. April 9, 1945.

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To Which Kingdom Does Westminster Seminary Belong?

In a 2009 edition of the Mid-America Journal of Theology, Ryan McIlhenny points to an interesting dilemma for the particular variant of two kingdoms theology expounded by David VanDrunen (MAJT 20 ((2009)): 75−94).  He asks if the Seminary would have to be considered “secular” and therefore a member of the temporal kingdom (87).  This is a […]