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Sacraments are Media of Cognition

Zacharius Ursinus, the famed theology professor at the University of Heidelberg and author of the Heidelberg Catechism, took part in a public disputation on the sacraments at the Academy of Rostock in the year 1581. It is not clear from the text whether he was present at the disputation, but he apparently made annotations on the topics that were […]

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Ambrosiaster on 1 Cor. 1:5, Grace, and Faith

In 1 Corinthians 1:5, Paul tells the Corinthians why he is thankful: Εὐχαριστῶ τῷ θεῷ μου πάντοτε περὶ ὑμῶν ἐπὶ τῇ χάριτι τοῦ θεοῦ τῇ δοθείσῃ ὑμῖν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. I give thanks to my God at all times concerning you for the grace of God that has been given to you in Christ Jesus. The […]

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Martin Bucer (†1551) on Faith and Virtue

In the 1520s and 30s Protestants were embroiled in polemics against Roman Catholic theologians. One of the many debated issues regards the nature of faith and the controversial Protestant claim that God justifies sinners by faith alone. As Martin Bucer points out in 1532 in his commentary on the Psalms (Sacrorum Psalmorum libri quinque) Catholic […]

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Origen on Imputed Righteousness

Despite his penchant for allegory and Platonic speculation Origen quite often produces insightful conclusions based on the literal meaning of the text in his biblical commentaries. Historians argue that it was partly his reading of Origen’s Commentary on Romans that inspired Erasmus’s Bible-centered philosophia Christi. It was perhaps Origen’s conclusion that the “priests” of the New […]

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C. S. Lewis and the Theory of Punishment

Peter Escalante briefly mentioned C. S. Lewis’s theory of punishment in his recent post. Prof. Lewis’s thoughts on that matter can be found in his essay, “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment,” published in God in the Dock and available online here. In it, he gives a compelling defense of the old concept of punishment as […]