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Explorations in Exile (3)

(Part 1; Part 2) The Vulgate is a good translation of the Bible. Stop laughing. No, really, the Vulgate is a good translation of the Bible. It’s not perfect; but, then again, neither is the ESV, the NIV, or the KJV. So it might be worthwhile to look at how an ancient translator who knew […]

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Augustine on the Primacy and Manifold Unity of Scripture

At the beginning of his sermon on Psalm 46 (47), Augustine, alluding to the opening of the Letter to the Hebrews, affirms the primacy, multiplicity, and unity of Holy Scripture. There is one meaning in the Bible, one res no matter where one finds oneself in the canon, and yet there are various modes or manners […]

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“To the Law and to the Testimony,” or: What Jesus Says in John 12

The notion that Scripture can serve as judge in theological controversies is sometimes subject to soft (or not) ridicule and scorn. Aren’t words, once they are uttered–whether into the air or onto paper–inert, mute, infinitely malleable? How could they possibly adjudicate anything? The question is one that can be put to human communication in general: […]

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Against the Heterodidacts

In 1 Timothy 6.3, Paul warns Timothy to be on the lookout lest …τις ἑτεροδιδασκαλεῖ καὶ μὴ προσέρχεται ὑγιαίνουσι λόγοις, τοῖς τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ τῇ κατ’ εὐσέβειαν διδασκαλίᾳ…. “…anyone teach something other [than true doctrine] and does not agree with healthful words–those of our Lord Jesus Christ–and the teaching that accords with […]

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All That the Prophets Have Spoken: A Rejoinder to Feser Pt. 2

This is part 2 of a two-part reply. The first part is here. In my previous post I indicated that it would be helpful to provide a model for how the Jews could know the OT canon without an infallible magisterium, and in the following I will suggest how this process occurred. Any explanation for how […]

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“God Is the Beginning and Cause of the Word of God”

(Apropos of a few recent posts.) Heinrich Bullinger discusses the truthfulness and certainty of the Word of God in the first sermon of his first Decade. There is much herein worthy of meditation. Text First, I have to declare what the word of God is. Verbum in the scriptures, and according to the very property of the […]

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Against Scriptural Docetism

The title is clickbait. One finds that associating a position with which one disagrees with a Christological heresy is both cheap and effective. A provocation: without sola scriptura, human society collapses. Ok, that is an overstatement. Sort of. This post is a follow-up to Andrew’s from the other day. We were discussing his last point on […]

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Askesis over Aesthesis

When we come to read the Bible, the best parts of the Christian theological tradition–from the ancients to Calvin to, in the contemporary world, John Webster–bear witness that the one thing really needful is not a literary aesthetics, but a literary ascetics. Here is an example from the eponymous essay in John Webster’s recent collection The Domain […]

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Archive Eric Parker Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine

Does the Church Have Authority over the Scriptures?

Martin Bucer admits that it is true, in some sense, that the church came before the scriptures. It is true that the church was established before the canon of the New Testament was closed. This does not mean, he insists, that the church had (or continues to have) the authority to make or change God’s word. […]

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Scripture as “Incontrovertible Proof”

In the prolegomena (as it were) to the Summa, Aquinas distinguishes between the kinds of authority proper to (1) divine revelation as present in Scripture, (2) reason, and (3) tradition (that is, the kinds of authority proper to (2) the philosophers and (3) the doctores ecclesiae): But sacred doctrine makes use even of human reason, not, indeed, to […]