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Hemmingsen (and [Pseudo-]Augustine) on Exile

In order to flesh out the effects of the Lord’s Passion in the Enchiridion theologicum, Niels Hemmingsen quotes an excerpt he attributes to Augustine. Et Augustinus: Per Redemptoris, nostri mortem de tenebris ad lucem, de morte ad vitam, de corruptione ad incorruptionem, de exilio ad patriam, de luctu ad gaudium, de terris ad coeleste regnum vocati sumus. […]

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Antony on the Christian Prince

It is well known (though not as well known–or at least accounted for–as it should be, especially in some conservative Protestant circles) that Augustine had high praise for the Christian emperors Constantine and Theodosius at the end of Book 5 of City of God, which indicates that “political Augustinianism”–whatever that is–does not imply or logically lead […]

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Archive Authors Civic Polity E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene

Buchanan on the Prince in Psalm 2

A key feature of much classicizing biblical poetry (that is, poetry that serves as paraphrase or gloss on the biblical text) is expansion for rhetorical, exegetical, or theological reasons. Such expansions indicate to the reader how the source-text is to be interpreted. George Buchanan’s version of Psalm 2.10-12a can serve as an example of rhetorical […]

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The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven: Thoughts on the Religious Rights of Christian Children

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever […]

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Explorations in Exile (2)

It is by this point no secret that I have some disagreements with the way certain terms are rendered in the ESV’s translation of 1 Peter, viz., its threefold reference to “exiles.” I am not certain that any of them should be so rendered: the first is a possible exception, though I have doubts there […]

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Archive Civic Polity E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism The Two Kingdoms

Explorations in Exile (1)

I’m going to keep beating this dead horse for a while longer–because what good is a dead horse if you don’t beat it? I do so in hopes of a buzzing bugonia, or, in this case, hippogonia, of clarity. Though Russell Moore is quite in favor of the motif, I continue to think that “exile” is […]

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Religion a Part of Justice

For Niels Hemmingsen in the De lege naturae, as for the classical tradition in general, “religion” is one part of the more general, and chief, virtue of justice. Without it, he says, there is no trust between men, no fellowship between men–indeed, no justice at all.  “No justice, no peace” is a popular protest saying; […]

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“We Are the Ones That Have Sinned”

The Lutheran Wisconsin Synod theologian J.P. Koehler (see a brief sketch here) was a critic of Pres. Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy and an opponent of U.S. involvement in World War I. Nevertheless, he did not believe that this opposition somehow absolved him or Christians in general from guilt for the war, which he believed to […]

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The Church in Exile?

It has become increasingly popular of late to make use of the motif of “exile” in describing the church. (Pretend there are a bunch of links here.) This can take a couple of forms: (I) The church on earth is, by definition, always an exile community. (II) Due to adverse cultural circumstances, the church becomes an […]

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The Diognetus Option

Christians Are the Soul of the World “[W]hat the soul is in the body, Christians are in the world.” That may sound presumptuous, to say that Christians are the soul of the world–but, then again, I didn’t say it. “Mathetes” did, in his 2nd-c. letter to Diognetus. So consider this an exercise in post-Apostolic ressourcement: I […]