The Reformed often employed a sort of communicatio idiomatum for the sacraments, applying the name of the thing signified to the sign. The obvious example is “This is my body.” In his Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, Zacharias Ursinus gives three reasons explaining why this is valid. Number 3 is important for understanding the term exhibitio as […]
Nearly the entire collection of The Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review is online here, and if you need other formats, then google books has most of the editions. In Volume 38, Number 1, from 1866, the great Philip Schaff has an essay titled, “The Patristic Doctrine of the Eucharist.” It exhibits Schaff’s usual careful scholarship, and while […]
TCI friend and associate Eric Parker has a very helpful post on the eucharistic thought of Wolfgang Musculus. Important to notice are the definitions of key terms, the clarification of the much-maligned “Zwinglian” adjective, and that way that all of this contributes to the formation of the “Reformed” doctrine of eucharistic presence.
David Pareus was the successor to Zacharias Ursinus. Pareus taught at the University of Heidelberg in the early 17th century and labored particularly towards Protestant ecumenism. He was able to reduce the disagreement in doctrine between the Reformed and Lutheran to one point: Building directly on the precedent established at the colloquy of Marburg in 1529, […]
Over at TGC, Joe Carter chimed in on the question of “Lutheran Baptists” and the ongoing discussion about the differences between Calvinism and Lutheranism. He was kind enough to plug my own comments on that matter. He also went on to highlight Gene Veith’s perspective, concluding that it was the clearest (though I do wonder […]
Dr. David Koyzis asked an interesting question at First Things as to why Baptists use the modifier “Calvinist” but not “Lutheran.” This is in line with the standard discomfort which Reformed theologians always have towards Baptists who appropriate the terms “Reformed” or “Calvinistic.” Dr. Collin Garbarino, himself a Calvinistic Baptist, offered up a mostly helpful reply. […]
Our friend and associate Brad Littlejohn has an exciting new announcement at his blog. The second volume of his Mercersburg Theology Series is out, and it includes a reprint of the eucharistic debate between John Williamson Nevin and Charles Hodge. Be sure to pick up a copy today.