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Anselm on the End of the Incarnation

Because, you know, it’s that time of year. But, of course, the topic is never out of season. There was a dilemma involved in the restoration of man from sin. Only man was obligated to pay what was owed to God, but man was unable to do it. The Son of God was willing to […]

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Littlejohn on Neo-Anabaptist Political Theory

Friend and associate Brad Littlejohn has been writing a lengthy review of Doug Jones’s Dismissing Jesus over the lat two weeks. He has proceeded in installments, and he tells us that he still has a long way to go. We intend to give a summary review of the whole project when it is completed, but for now […]

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Charles Hodge on the Relationship Between Divine Love and Propitiation

From Hodge’s Systematic Theology: Propitious and loving are not convertible terms. God is love. He loved us while sinners, and before satisfaction was rendered. Satisfaction or expiation does not awaken love in the divine mind. It only renders it consistent with his justice that God should exercise his love towards transgressors of his law. This is […]

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Dabney vs. Palmer

Speaking of Dabney and the atonement, David Ponter and Michael Lynch have dug up a fascinating historical debate. In debating the plan of Union between New School and Old School Presbyterians in the Southern Presbyterian Church, the two Southern Presbyterian champions R. L. Dabney and Benjamin Morgan Palmer engaged in outright hostility concerning the nature […]

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Dabney: The Atonement is Not Quantifiable

R. L. Dabney has a sophisticated doctrine of the atonement. In fielding objections from Socinians and modern skeptics, he makes a number of important distinctions. Here he explains why the atonement is not quantifiable: The Reformed divines are also accustomed to make a distinction between penal and moral satisfaction, on the one hand, and pecuniary […]

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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 […]