Archive E.J. Hutchinson Philosophy Reformed Irenicism

“The Spirit of God upon the Face of the Waters”: Calvin and the Catholicity of Truth

In a puzzling string of assertions comprising part of a recent online article, the claim was made that the principle that “all truth is God’s truth” is “distinctively Dutch Reformed.” (Curiously, as a superior alternative there was offered the perspective of a theologian who was…Dutch…and Reformed.)  The claim that the aforementioned principle is as Netherlandish […]

Archive E.J. Hutchinson Philosophy Sacred Doctrine

Calvin’s Plato

Mark Jones has a recent post on a subject long of interest on this site, viz. the use of Greek and Roman sources by Protestant theologians. As a case study that confirms Dr. Jones’ point, one might look at the way in which John Calvin makes use of Plato in his Institutes of the Christian Religion. […]

Archive Mark Jones Philosophy Reformed Irenicism

Reformed Theologians Using Pagan Sources

For Reformed Catholics, appreciation extends well beyond our Reformed heritage. It has to. For our appreciation of the Christian tradition to cease to move beyond our Reformed borders is in fact to cease to be Reformed. But just how far can appreciation extend? Even to pagan sources? Yes, indeed. After Calvin, in the time of […]

Archive Nota Bene Philosophy Reformed Irenicism Stephen J. Hayhow

Edward Reynolds On the Use of Pagan Learning

Edward Reynolds, in the Preface to his A Treatise of the Passions and Faculties of the Soul of Man (1647) gives a brief apology for the use of pagan learning and natural knowledge in this Christian treatise. Reynolds was a puritan preacher, sometime bishop of Norwich, but a conformist Presbyterian by persuasion. He was preacher at […]