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Archive Ecclesiastical Polity Ian Mosley

The Historical Untenability of Apostolic Succession

One of the most common procedural grounds on which Protestant churches can be critiqued is their lack of Apostolic Succession. It is very common for anti-Protestant apologists to argue that Protestants lack authentic ministerial orders because they cannot lay claim to this succession, and hence their churches can be dismissed without needing to engage with […]

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Archive Civic Polity Matthew Tuininga Reformed Irenicism

The Gospel, Liberalism, and Social Hierarchy

In a thoughtful and honest article at Reformation500 Stephen Wolfe suggests that in my work Reformed social ethics has taken a “social egalitarian turn.” Wolfe is responding to my series of articles on Presbyterians and Race at Reformation 21. He specifically highlights this claim that I made: The real problem was the interpretation of the […]

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Archive Civic Polity Economics Jake Meador Nota Bene The Natural Family

James Alexander and Social Reform

Interesting excerpts from Gary Steward’s fine work on Old Princeton. While Alexander’s program for social reform consisted primarily in energetic efforts to more broadly spread the gospel and Christian truth, others took a more radical approach. One such group who did not do so was the utopian socialists, which included Robert Owen, Charles Fourier, Francis […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

John Steinbeck On the Inherent Dignity of Preaching Law

I know it seems like an unlikely source, but while reading Travels With Charley: In Search of America, I came across this entertaining and theologically instructive narrative of a church in Vermont. Steinbeck firmly presents himself as a sinner, and the sermon does not seem to “stick,” at least not as of the writing of […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

No Calvinism in Scotland?

Donald Macleod gives us a rather interesting new take on the no true Scotsman here. He argues that, contrary to an overwhelming number of popular assumptions, Scotland is not and has never been a “Calvinistic” culture. There are some good points to consider, of course, chiefly the fact that ideas, however powerful and popular, rarely […]

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Archive Reformed Irenicism Steven Wedgeworth

The Catholic Dabney

In his pamphlet The Westminster Confession and Creeds, R L Dabney explains the role of confessions in defining the church. He upholds the right of particular branches or denominations to limit their clergy to the boundaries of chosen confessions, but he then denies that this in any way defines the boundaries of the catholic church. Instead, […]

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Archive Civic Polity Ecclesiastical Polity Peter Escalante Steven Wedgeworth The Two Kingdoms

John Calvin and the Two Kingdoms- Part 1

The investigation and application of classical evangelical political doctrine is one of our main commitments, and it is therefore important to us to ensure that Calvin is correctly read in his proper context of common Reformation principles. Anyone familiar with the American Reformed world knows that a peculiar school of political theology, associated with California’s […]