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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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Archive E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene Sacred Doctrine

“O manifesta infirmitas, et mira humilitas!”

I posted an excerpt from Augustine’s Sermon 184 a couple of days ago, and I now return to it again, because its conclusion is too good not to share. The Latin is especially beautiful (see the notes for just a few of its features), and its closing statement of desire (perficiat…filius), though brief, is profound. […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Reformed Irenicism

Why Is Catechesis Used in the Church? (Part 2)

At long last, we come to the end of Chytraeus’ prefatory material before the first locus, de Deo (part 1 here). There are a number of points in here about the utility, both practical and spiritual, of the catechetical form that are still worth pondering. One of the most suggestive of these is that Chytraeus […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Philosophy

Anselm on Rationality, Justice, and Happiness

The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism famously asks what man’s chief end is: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” Anselm of Canterbury makes a similar point at the beginning of Book 2 of Cur Deus Homo, and connects man’s rationality and original justice to this chief end, […]

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Archive Civic Polity Nota Bene Philosophy Steven Wedgeworth

Remi Brague on the Relationship Between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Speaking of Remi Brague, this interview was published along with the release of his very excellent The Legend of the Middle Ages. You should read the whole thing, but this one question and answer provides a key sample for the larger project: Question: How do you imagine a harmonious coexistence among the three religions of the book, […]

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Andrew Fulford Nota Bene

The Invisible Global War on Christians

John L. Allen Jr. writes in the Spectator about the persecution of Christians worldwide, and makes the following observation: Why are the dimensions of this global war so often overlooked? Aside from the root fact that the victims are largely non-white and poor, and thus not considered ‘newsmakers’ in the classic sense, and that they […]

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Archive Civic Polity Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

Localism as Idolatry

Alan Jacobs writes a short but forceful critique of Wendell Berry’s brand of agrarian localism: There are Christians all over the world today because the successors to Paul declined to stay home. They were not “stickers.” None of this means that affection for one’s geographical place in the world is of no value; but it […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

What is a Christ?

Reading some more interaction on the question of the historical Adam, I continue to see the “Christological” objection. This argument is not really an argument, in my opinion, but it goes something like this, “The Scriptures are fundamentally about Christ. Everything is meant to point to him. If you are so hung up on things […]

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Archive Civic Polity Peter Escalante

Von Mises, Liberalism, and the Kingdom of God

Peter Leithart here draws attention to libertarian guru Ludwig von Mises’ animosity toward Christianity. Mises’ charges are old ones, whose most recent variants include Nietzsche’s critique of Christianity as resentment-driven Sklavenmoral. This is not to say that there’s nothing at all to the thesis that Christianity deliberately upsets fixed settlements of inequity. It is in fact true. […]

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The Art of Dying

Rob Moll, “Our culture doesn’t know what to think about death”, writes Pastor Rob Moll at the very beginning of his book, and he is including in this charge many modern Christians. And so long as we don’t know what to think about it, we can’t know what to do with it. But the Christian […]