Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

Deception (1)

As far as I can tell, the majority report of the theological tradition, and especially among Protestant theologians and biblical commentators, is that lying is always wrong, even in the case of the so-called mendacium officiosum, the “officious” or “dutiful lie,” when the goal is to preserve the life or virtue of another while doing no […]

Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene

“Nor Was This Spoken Only of This Ancient People”

For sinful man, “God with us” and “God for us” is grace from beginning to end. Moses’ prayer for pardon in Exodus 34 has reference not only to the ancient Israelites, but to all those who would be God’s inheritance, up to the present day. That is the thrust of Calvin’s comments on Exodus 34:8 […]

Andrew Fulford Archive Civic Polity Ecclesiastical Polity Sacred Doctrine

Spiritual Warfare in Paul

Since my series on “Was Jesus a Pacifist?” completed, I have seen several sorts of replies and posts related to the subject indirectly. I would like to take time to reply to an aspect of the larger question that some of the latter category raised, but which I skipped over, due to the focus of […]

Archive E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene

Augustine on the Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart

The following passage comes from Augustine’s Questions on Exodus, which forms Book 2 of his Questions on the Heptateuch. The Quaestiones in Heptateuchum was written in AD 419; Allan Fitzgerald comments that Augustine, “rather than being focused primarily on immediate pastoral questions, … seeks to provide an interpretation of those biblical texts that he did […]