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Karl Barth and the Reformed Identity

It has always struck me as curious that Karl Barth is often identified, both popularly and in academic circles, as a Reformed theologian. The curiosity lies not in Barth’s close work on the theology of the Reformation era. Rather, it has to do with the broader question of what it means to be Reformed. One […]

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Archive Book Reviews Steven Wedgeworth

Calvinism: A History

D.G. Hart Calvinism: A History Yale University Press, 2013  Usually the reader beginning a book by D.G. Hart can expect a good deal of polemic and a rather narrow historical narrative. The introductory section to his latest work, Calvinism: A History, might give the same impression, as Dr. Hart says that “Reformed Protestantism” greatly impacted the […]

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Did Calvin Actually “Found” A Theology?

Donald Macleod has posted a helpful reflection on the problem of the term “Calvinism.” Dr. Macleod’s concerns nicely compliment my own qualifications regarding the term. Basically, it is a mistake to identify what now goes by the name “Calvinism” as an actual product of the life and theological contributions of the historical John Calvin. The […]

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Archive Nota Bene Philosophy Steven Wedgeworth

Thomism or Calvinism?

Too often historians and philosophers will use the terms “Thomism” and “Calvinism” as contraries. While there are certain important points of difference between individual Thomists and Calvinists (isn’t that about the blandest of qualifications?), when it comes to the question of divine sovereignty and foreordination, the difference really is non-existent. To demonstrate, I only ask […]

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Calvinism, Coherence, and Clarity

Over at The Gospel Coalition, the self-professed “Calvinist Baptist” Joe Carter helpfully surveys the intriguing recent discussions about the possibilities of various forms of hyphenated Baptistry. In a brief note on Twitter, the SBC’s Russell Moore noted the possibility of “small ‘l’” Lutheran Baptists focusing on the question of the relationship of law/gospel, which raises […]

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More Calvinists, Lutherans, and Baptists, Oh My!

Over at TGC, Joe Carter chimed in on the question of “Lutheran Baptists” and the ongoing discussion about the differences between Calvinism and Lutheranism. He was kind enough to plug my own comments on that matter. He also went on to highlight Gene Veith’s perspective, concluding that it was the clearest (though I do wonder […]

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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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Archive Ecclesiastical Polity Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

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 […]