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“The Church’s Chief Adornment”

Niels Hemmingsen, commenting on the clause “I believe in the forgiveness of sins” in the Apostles’ Creed, calls gracious forgiveness the “chief adornment of the church.” Text and Translation Remissio peccatorum est praecipuum ornamentum Ecclesiae, quo donatur a suo sponso Christo. Nam forma propria iustificationis Ecclesiae et singulorum membrorum in Ecclesia, hic exprimitur, quae est […]

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“In Every Distress a Sacred Anchor”

Niels Hemmingsen with words of encouragement, from his remarks in the Enchiridion theologicum on the clause “from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead” in the Apostles’ Creed: Translation This part [of the Creed] is indeed terrifying to the impious and those who are enemies of Christ. But for Christians it is […]

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The Advantage of Christ’s Resurrection

While we are on the subject of Hemmingsen, his final summary in response in the Enchiridion theologicum (Classis III, caput III on the Apostles’ Creed) to the question Sed quid commodi nobis ex Chrsiti resurrectione accedit? (“But what advantage accrues to us from Christ’s resurrection?”) is a wonderful statement of the power and significance of the resurrection […]

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Hemmingsen’s Principium of Theology (2)

Last time we noted that Niels Hemmingsen finds two “prefaces” (prooemia) to the Decalogue: “And God spoke all these words, saying” and “‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery’”). In the first, the (inspired) authorial comment that precedes God’s speech reported in […]