Archive Michael Lynch Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine

An Apology for John Davenant: Answering an Acrimonious Critic

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dort. Thus, I was not surprised to come across another article on its Canons. I am always one who is encouraged to find popular Reformed authors defending the Reformed confessions of the 16th and 17th centuries. In fact, if there is one document which defines […]

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Two Reviews on Definite Atonement

The recent publication of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective (edited by David and Jonathan Gibson) has once again stoked the fires of an inter-evangelical dispute between “Calvinists” and “Arminians” over the extent of the atonement. Last month, Reformation 21 hosted a twofold review of the book by […]

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Dabney, The Westminster Confession, and the Extent of the Atonement

We have noted before the surprising fact that R L Dabney seems to have been some sort of hypothetical universalist, and so this section of his treatment of the Westminster Confession and the nature and extent of the Atonement is quite interesting: Again, the Confession assets with most positive precision the penal substitution of Christ, […]

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Dabney: The Atonement is Not Quantifiable

R. L. Dabney has a sophisticated doctrine of the atonement. In fielding objections from Socinians and modern skeptics, he makes a number of important distinctions. Here he explains why the atonement is not quantifiable: The Reformed divines are also accustomed to make a distinction between penal and moral satisfaction, on the one hand, and pecuniary […]