Authors Calvin E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Philosophy Sacred Doctrine

Calvin’s Socratic Sanctification

Plato, in the Phaedo, had Socrates claim that philosophy was “practice for dying and death.” It was a sentiment that was to exercise great influence down through the centuries, all the way to Heidegger’s “Being-toward-death” and beyond. (That last part works better if you say it in the voice of Buzz Lightyear.)  John Calvin agreed […]

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Paul Zahl: The World Needs Tullian Preaching Again!

Paul Zahl and Tullian Tchividjian are busy writing love letters (See here and here) to one another on Tullian’s personal website. Zahl’s article makes the following contention: “I would go so far as to say that Tullian’s personal experience, as bad as you want to make it out, has qualified him (and qualified him brilliantly!) to […]

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“A Poor, Brokenhearted Mourner”: Douglass’ Repentance

In a prior post, I said that I would post Frederick Douglass’ account of his conversion, from Chapter 12 of My Bondage and My Freedom, so I do that here. I am not qualified to comment on his religious development; apparently he is sometimes seen as a liberation theologian avant la lettre, and the identification of D.F. […]

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The Parts of Repentance

In chapter 12 of the first classis of doctrines in the Enchiridion  Theologicum (pp. 102ff.), Niels Hemmingsen identifies three parts (partes) of repentance (poenitentia): contrition, faith, and new obedience (contritio, fides, nova obediantia). This third might raise some eyebrows (especially given his title for the chapter, where there are only two parts: poenitentia cum suis partibus, contritione et […]