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The Distinctions between the Persons

In today’s passage, David Chytraeus gives a traditional, classical Western account of the distinctions (discrimina) among the three Persons of the Godhead. He thus teaches the eternal generation of the Son. Chytraeus connects the Son’s intercession and mediation to the Fall, which is to say that the Son became man’s intercessor as soon as the […]

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The Number of Persons in the Godhead, and the Definition of “Person”

We carry on with the next two questions in Chytraeus’ first locus. His answer to the question “What is God?” was already Trinitarian and creedal, and he now expands upon God’s tri-unity. In the second question below he gives a definition of the term persona as it is used in reference to the Godhead. He calls it a substantia, […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

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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Stanley Hauerwas on Reformation Sunday

Dr. Hauerwas occasionally writes against various aspects of Magisterial Protestantism from his Yoderian/postmodern perspective on theology. Today Dr. Francis Beckwith shared an excerpt from a lecture he gave on the topic of Reformation Sunday. Two paragraphs, at least, deserve a little comment: Reformation names the disunity in which we currently stand. We who remain in […]

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Muhlenberg: Closer to Rome or Geneva?

In fielding one of the critiques of his Memorial, William Augustus Muhlenberg revealed his own view of Episcopalianism’s Protestant character: Ecclesiastical fraternizing is a dangerous thing. We are now midway between Rome and Geneva, there let us keep our safe position, nearing neither one nor the other. If by Geneva be meant the Genevan theology […]

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Connecting the Dots of Church History

Gavin Ortlund has a recent article at The Gospel Coalition which argues that Evangelicals should get better acquainted with pre-Reformation and especially Medieval Church History. To this we can only give our hearty Amen. The recovery of history is one of the great needs of our day. We would like to offer one complementary though important caveat. Mr. […]

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Andrew Fulford Nota Bene Sacred Doctrine

A New Star in the Protestant Firmament

Alister McGrath writes in his survey of the history of Protestantism, Christianity’s Dangerous Idea, 90–91: [John Calvin’s] rise to prominence began in September 1536. The city of Lausanne was debating whether to follow Geneva and accept the principles of the Reformation. Farel and Viret traveled to Lausanne, bringing Calvin with them, to take part in the […]

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The Ecclesiastical Structure of Protestantism

A ubiquitous criticism of Protestants, typically coming from supposed “high-church” thinkers, is that it cannot secure proper church unity. Of course, disputable and objectionable definitions are always smuggled in under cover of the always equivocated-upon terms “church” and “unity.” If such unity is measured by the standard of clerical and institutional hierarchy, then the verdict is […]

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Where Wright is a Big Problem

Andrew Fulford has demonstrated the ways in which N. T. Wright is consistent with classical Protestantism, at least on the basic level of principles. I agree with everything that Mr. Fulford has to say, with one significant caveat. While Dr. Wright does manage to remain within the ideological bounds of Protestantism, he consistently extends and […]