Archive Civic Polity Ecclesiastical Polity Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Martin Luther’s 3 Services

In his preface to The German Mass and Order of Divine Service, Martin Luther lays out his philosophy of worship and gives three examples of liturgy that he would like to see implemented. Two of these were actually created, while the third remained only an ideal, to be attempted by later groups with varying degrees of […]

Archive Ecclesiastical Polity Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine W. Bradford Littlejohn

Rethinking “Stuart Anglicanism”

Correction/Retraction: In the original version of this post, it was assumed that Mark Noll’s summary of Michael Winship’s taxonomy was an accurate one, and both accordingly came in for some criticism.  Dr. Winship has contacted the author to explain that this is not the case, and that Noll’s remarks about “Stuart Anglicanism” are entirely Noll’s […]

Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

Erastian Hebraists and Hebraist Erastians

Eric Nelson writes of the close identity between Erastians and Hebraists among 17th-cent. English Protestants: The troika of Hebraism, Erastianism, and toleration, forged so powerfully in the Dutch Remonstrant controversy, would resurface almost identically in the ecclesiological debates surrounding the English Revolution. When the Westminster Assembly of Divines convened in July of 1643 (in defiance […]

Archive Ecclesiastical Polity Steven Wedgeworth

Differing Views of Historic Reformed Polity

Our friends and occasional associates Dr. Jordan Ballor and Mr. Brad Littlejohn have published a very helpful article on the variety of views on church discipline among Reformed churches in the 16th century. Their article goes a long way at clearing up the supposed Geneva-Zurich bifurcation, and they even chart some of the earliest forms of […]