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A Quick Observation On The Federal Vision

As the title indicates, more will need to be said, but the thoughts seem to warrant a note, even if it is something like a sticky note with a “To Do” list on it. The recent post on Ursinus is obviously relevant, but so are the older observations on Martin Luther, particularly his view of […]

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Separation Anxiety: Reviewing the Radner-Seitz Marriage Pledge

The newly apparent aggression on the part of some proponents of same-sex marriage has many Christians worried, with some justice, about possible risks to religious freedom in America. But whenever cooler heads attempt to calm the room, the more outrageous progressive politicians find a way of confirming what had previously seemed like hysterical paranoia. The recent […]

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Leithart on Enns

Dr Peter Leithart critically reviews Dr Peter Enns’ new book on the bible. On similar matters, see Peter Escalante’s previous post on Enns.

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Fred Sanders on Leithart

In addition to Peter Escalante’s critique of Peter Leithart’s recent essay, I would also like to point out Fred Sanders’s response. One observation is particularly on the mark: The most misleading thing in the essay is that it is a massive act of catastrophic silencing, covering over the witness of the Reformers and their heirs. Leithart […]

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Reformation Day and Its Critics

All over the world, wherever evangelical Christians are few in number and persecuted, the memory of the 16th century, when believers reasserted the truth against all odds, is still fresh. For them, the Reformation is still ground to stand on, even to die on. And even in largely papalist Slovenia, where the Reformation was snuffed […]

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The Reformation is For Sacraments

Peter Leithart has an interesting post up at the Trinity House Institute’s blog. He concludes with this: McCabe’s arguments confirm a suspicion: The mainstream Reformers were not anti-sacramental, but that’s not the suspicion. The suspicion is that the mainstream Reformers were more sacramental than the Catholic church. For the Reformers, no one was to participate in the life of Christ’s body non-sacramentally. […]

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Littlejohn Reviews Leithart’s Between Babel and Beast

TCI contributor Brad Littlejohn has posted a very thoughtful review of Peter Leithart’s Between Babel and Beast over at Reformation 21. Some of Mr. Littlejohn’s observations echo my own review which I posted here some time back. Especially important are these remarks: Leithart’s ecclesiology seems to suffer from the same kind of overrealized eschatology and opposition between […]

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Peter Leithart On Cultural Conservatism

Dr. Leithart has a piece up at First Things echoing thoughts TCI has been expressing frequently as of late: Raising such questions, and invoking Berry, presents a spectrum of issues that many cultural conservatives prefer to dodge. The most penetrating conservative analysts of family life, such as Allan Carlson, have always recognized the cultural contradictions […]

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Can Arguments Against Gay Marriage Be Persuasive?

Dr Leithart has kindly responded to my post (which can be found here) on the use of natural law in the same-sex marriage debate. The following comments outline my position on natural law in a little more detail and describe some of the concerns that I have with his position.

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Our Politeuma in Heaven

… as Wright explains, Paul was mounting a polemic against the imperial ideology, affirming that Jesus, not Caesar, is “Lord” and “Savior,” both prominent terms in imperial propaganda. Paul’s claim that Christians are citizens of a heavenly politeuma further indicates that the Philippian Christians are to consider themselves a colony of heaven more than as […]