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Begetting and Christology in Matthew 1

Just an observation on the opening of Matthew’s Gospel, the “book of the origin of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.” Obviously, Matthew wasn’t familiar with the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, or the Definition of Chalcedon, but perhaps we can already see moves in that direction on a literary level in the construction […]

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“Rabbi” Duncan on Protestantism

About a week and a half ago I posted some quotations from John “Rabbi” Duncan’s Colloquia Peripatetica that will perhaps be seen to be relevant to this evening’s event at Biola on “The Future of Protestantism.” Here is another, that will, I hope, spark some pre-conversation reflection. It is Duncan’s view on “Protestant Dissent”: We Protestants […]

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John Calvin on the Universal Sovereignty of Christ

The opening chapters of Colossians and Ephesians are two places in which one can see Paul making a claim for universal, cosmic sovereignty belonging to Christ, rather than ascribing it to “God” in general terms, and rather, on the other hand, than limiting Christ’s sovereignty to the “church” (which I will leave undefined for the […]

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Helm and Duncan on Reformed Breadth

In a recent post, Paul Helm, after the fashion of Richard Muller, argues for, or at least urges, a broad view of what it means to be “Reformed” and “Calvinist.” The post is worth a read. But I’d like to focus attention for a moment on the bit that isn’t by him. He uses as […]

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Augustine the Iconoclast?

I’ve posted briefly before on images and iconoclasm (for instance: here, on Eusebius; here, on Greek aniconism; here, on the smashing of images of Constantine). The passage below is from Augustine’s De fide et symbolo (“On Faith and the Creed”), delivered to bishops at a council in Hippo in October of 393. In this section, Augustine […]

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Irenaeus on the Renovation of Creation

This post serves as an addendum to a few others on the theme of the new heaven and the new earth in John Calvin, Augustine, and John Chrysostom. As in those three writers, so in Irenaeus we find the idea of the restoration of this creation and its liberation from corruption, which thus allows for […]

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Prudentius’ Hymnus de Trinitate: Dogmatics and Poetics

Writing intensely dogmatic poetry within the constraints of classical meters is not easy to do. One of the best and most interesting of those who have made the attempt is the most erudite and virtuosic Christian poet of Late Antiquity, Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (late fourth/early fifth century). Below is the hymn on the Trinity that […]

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Stephanus Fabricius on the Christian Prince (4)

(Part 1; Part 2; Part 3) Today’s installment is much briefer than the last. We continue on with the Doctrina section of Stephanus Fabricius’ twelfth Discourse on Psalm 148. In the previous post, we observed Fabricius’ delineation of the magistrate’s “common,” or shared, duty in relation to the laudes Dei. In today’s, he treats his peculiar duty […]

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Stephanus Fabricius on the Christian Prince (3)

At long last, the next installment of Stephanus Fabricius’ comments on Psalm 148:11-12, from his twelfth discourse on that Psalm (part 1; part 2). If it is granted that magistrates have a duty to render praises to God along with all other men, one might ask in what, particularly, that consists for a magistrate. It […]

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Calvin on “Burning Love towards God” and the “Sacred Institutions of His Worship”

John Calvin is masterful at navigating and explicating the relationship between the internal and external aspects of the Christian faith. I recently discussed this aspect of his reflection as it pertains the already inaugurated and still future dynamics of the new heaven and the new earth. He is equally adept when dealing with the dynamics […]