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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

The Cloud of God, the Cloud of Good Examples

In his perhaps unfortunately named work¬†Bowels Opened, Richard Sibbes makes a connection between the cloud God used to guide the Israelites to the Promised Land out of Egypt and the reference in the letter to the Hebrews to the “cloud of witnesses” (“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Sacred Doctrine

Nature and Grace in Richard Sibbes

Introduction With respect to the relation between nature and grace, the mainstream Christian tradition does not hold that grace obliterates or destroys nature, but rather that it works with it in some sense as its necessary substratum. The most well known formulation of the idea is found in Thomas Aquinas’¬†Summa theologiae I, Q. 1, Art. […]