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Thomas Goodwin on the Incarnation and the Fall

In his sermons on Ephesians chapter 2 [works Vol 2. Sermon no. 3.  p. 33] Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680), member of the Westminster Assembly, embarks upon a slightly speculative theological reflection with regard to the Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom of Christ.  This angle he attributes to Zanchius and the school-man Suarez. Goodwin contends that […]

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The Goal of Natural Law is God’s Glory

The ever-intriguing Eric Enlow has posted an item on Calvin and natural law, arguing that for the Genevan reformer, If knowledge of our redemption by Christ is “the principle” of all duties, then proponents of natural-law philosophy must admit either (1) that natural-law philosophy teaches Christ as the principle of all duties, or (2) that […]

Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

The Junius Institute to Digitize Zanchi’s Opera Omnia

One of those research projects I mentioned is now public. The Junius Institute is affiliated with Calvin Theological Seminary and exists to digitize and distribute 16th and 17th century works. The Davenant Trust has given them a grant to create digital editions of the complete works of Girolamo Zanchi: Girolamo Zanchi (1516-1590) was a third […]

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Zanchi On What Natural Law Teaches

What does natural law teach? There are many ways to summarize the answer. In his detailed discussion of the matter, Girolamo Zanchi states: The most important things that the law teaches and commands, however, are that all should get what they deserve and serve whom they should serve, both God and human beings. (2) A little […]

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The Sacraments Do Not Confer Grace

Despite the strong re-affirmation of sacramental grace in Reformed theology over the last few decades, there is a curious feature in the history of Reformed theology when it comes to the use of the expression “to confer grace.” Among the 16th- and 17th-century Reformed theologians, the sacraments are overwhelmingly affirmed as genuine instruments of the […]