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Surrendering Appomattox: The Challenge of Truth and Charity in Gospel Reconciliation

The work of Gospel-centered racial reconciliation presents unique challenges for Christians as they seek both truth and charity. The truth is that Reformed Evangelicalism has a disastrous history regarding the treatment—cultural, ecclesiological, and social—of African Americans. For Reformed Evangelicals, especially those who live in and understandably celebrate cultural distinctives of the American South, this is […]

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A Post-Script on Sola Scriptura

Dr. Feser has written a reply to the first part of my rejoinder, and he says this will be his last. I think that the second part of my rejoinder addresses several of his concerns, but like him, I am happy to move on to other subjects. However, I want to make a few brief […]

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The Final Cause of Civil Government in Romans 13:3-4

“[F]or the present we’re stuck with the world as it is. And if they couldn’t agree on a way to make an act of war impossible, then it is better to have some provisions for coping with the consequences than to have no provisions.” “Yes and no. Yes, if it’s in anticipation of one’s own. And especially no […]

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Some Remarks on David VanDrunen on Christianity and Culture

INTRODUCTION A short while ago I listened to David VanDrunen’s first lecture, on Christianity and culture, at the recent conference at Covenant OPC, in which he winsomely presents the main outlines of his own particular understanding of the two kingdoms, the “common” kingdom and the “redemptive” kingdom. There is much in it to which I […]

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First Principles of the Kingdom from Charles Hodge

After looking at the younger Hodge on WCF 23 last week, I’d like to examine and summarize the elder Hodge’s principles of the kingdom from his Systematic Theology, vol. 2, pp. 599-609. The kingdom of God, Hodge says, has always existed on earth since the Fall, but it is administered now specifically by the Theanthropos, […]

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Archive Nota Bene Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

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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Charles Hodge and the Limits of Philosophy

In another surprising find, Charles Hodge cautions against the over-extension of philosophy in systematic theology. The context is the debate between creationism and traducianism, both of which have representatives within Orthodox Protestantism. Still, Dr. Hodge’s warnings here are beneficial for the wider practice of theology, and they might just contradict several caricatures of the great […]

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Charles Hodge’s Critique of Darwinism

In a 1996 book review, Jonathan Wells explains that Charles Hodge’s critique of Darwinism was made on exclusively philosophical and theological grounds: A modern reader might be surprised to learn that Hodge was not a biblical fundamentalist who defended a literal interpretation of Genesis. Although he was a biblical theologian, he accepted scientific evidence and […]

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New Mercersburg Release

Our friend and associate Brad Littlejohn has an exciting new announcement at his blog. The second volume of his Mercersburg Theology Series is out, and it includes a reprint of the eucharistic debate between John Williamson Nevin and Charles Hodge. Be sure to pick up a copy today.

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Two Ends or Two Kingdoms?

In a sequel to the recent controversy regarding natural law discussions at First Things, which we addressed here, Dr Thaddeus Kozinski took Dr Feser to task for, supposedly, positing natural reason as an ahistorical and areligious power of self-direction. If Hart, Dreher, and Leithart grant too little natural law, then Dr Feser grants too much, […]