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Calvin the Cappadocian

In Q/A 25 of the Geneva Catechism, commenting on the Apostles’ Creed, John Calvin strikes the note (for the children!) of the majority of the Christian tradition, given great emphasis by, e.g., Gregory of Nazianzus: God’s essence is unknowable to us and incomprehensible. We therefore know him from his works and his effects–from the ways […]

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Catechismus primus, Quaestiones XXVI-XXX

Next five questions below, about the Covenant of Life and sin. Quaestiones XXVI-XXX xxvi. Quid promisit Deus in foedere vitae? Se Adam vita donaturum esse, si Deo perfecte pareret. xxvii. Quid minatus est Deus in foedere vitae? Se Adam morte puniturum esse, si Deo non pareret. xxviii. Tenuitne Adam foedus vitae? Non id tenuit; in […]

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Catechismus primus, Quaestiones XXI-XXV

The next five in our ongoing series, on creation and the covenant of life… Quaestiones XXI-XXV xxi. Quomodo cognoscis animum vitam in aeternum esse acturum? Quod Scripturae sanctae mihi hoc docent. xxii. In quo statu Adam Hevamque constituit Deus? Deus eos in sanctitatis et beatitudinis statu constituit. xxiii. Quod foedus fecit cum Adam Deus? Foedus […]

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Catechismus primus, Quaestiones XVI-XX

Today we continue on with the next five questions of the First Catechism translated into Latin, which concern the creation of Adam and Eve. Quaestiones XVI-XX xvi. Qui erant primi nostri parentes? Adam et Heva. xvii. Qualem hominem creavit Deus? Deus hominem creavit masculum et feminam, iuxta imaginem suam. xviii. Ex qua materia formati sunt primi […]

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Catechismus primus, Quaestiones XI-XV

Yesterday I posted the first 10 questions of the First Catechism in Latin. Today we’re back with the next five. xi. Potesne Deum videre? Deum videre non possum, sed Deus me videt semper. xii. Scitne Deus omnia? Deus omnia scit, et nihil ei latet. xiii. Potestne facere omnia Deus? Deus totam voluntatem sanctam facere potest. xiv. […]

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Catechismus primus, Quaestiones I-X

It used to be standard practice in Protestant academies to catechize in Latin. That is obviously much less the case now, perhaps a cause of nostalgia for those of us who are (a) Christians and who also (b) teach Latin to small children. But nostalgia is dumb, and always has been. In an effort, therefore, […]

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Testimonies concerning the Divinity of the Son of God

In the next set of questions, Chytraeus lists some Scriptural testmonia regarding the divinity of the Second and Third Persons of the Trinity (the testmonia concerning the Holy Spirit are not included in this post). The witness of Scripture undergirds Nicene trinitarianism. In the case of the Son, he also includes a question in which he explains why […]

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The Distinctions between the Persons

In today’s passage, David Chytraeus gives a traditional, classical Western account of the distinctions (discrimina) among the three Persons of the Godhead. He thus teaches the eternal generation of the Son. Chytraeus connects the Son’s intercession and mediation to the Fall, which is to say that the Son became man’s intercessor as soon as the […]

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Why Ought We to Recognize Only Three Persons in the Godhead?

Below is the next question in Chytraeus’ primus locus, or first topic, on God. (It’s been a while; the previous installment is here.) The reason that only three persons are to be recognized in the Godhead is because that is what God has revealed in Scripture. Chytraeus again asserts his foundational Scripture-principle: that our knowledge of […]

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The Number of Persons in the Godhead, and the Definition of “Person”

We carry on with the next two questions in Chytraeus’ first locus. His answer to the question “What is God?” was already Trinitarian and creedal, and he now expands upon God’s tri-unity. In the second question below he gives a definition of the term persona as it is used in reference to the Godhead. He calls it a substantia, […]