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“Mighty in the Word,” Again

Gregory’s twenty-first Oration, again. Last time we saw that Athanasius’ fluency in the Word was, in Gregory’s view, his chief characteristic. The importance of the Word for the Arian conflict returns again later in the oration. The Council of Nicaea spoke against, but did not end, the Arian problem, and so Athanasius saw much conflict in […]

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Athanasius, “Mighty in the Word”

Oh, you wanted more on yesterday’s theme? That’s a relief; I thought you’d never ask. After sketching some aspects of Athanasius’ character, Gregory goes on to say: On these grounds, as I have said, I leave others, who have leisure to admire the minor details of his character, to admire and extol him. I call […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (6)

Moving on… Text and Translation VI. Confirmatio superioris sententiae. Unde etiam intelligimus, qui fiat, quod, cum Filius non minus sit omnipotens quam Pater et ita etiam Spiritus sanctus non tamen dicamus eos esse tres omnipotentes, sed unum tantum omnipotentem, cum Athanasio totaque ecclesia confiteamur, quia nimirum una tantum est omnium eademque οὐσία. Cum itaque nulla res creata unam […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (5)

This, too, is a passage I’ve noted before. In it, Zanchi builds on what he has said in sec. IV, which is to say that he draws out the implications of affirming that God’s essence is identical with his “essential properties.” Text and Translation V. Nihil simpliciter tale esse aut fieri posse, qualis est Deus, […]

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Dr. James Dolezal on Revisionist Theology in Contemporary Reformed Theology

In our posts about the current Trinitarian debate, we mentioned that this is actually not a new debate. The speculative and errant doctrines have been published for well over a decade (perhaps two), sold by trusted conservative Reformed and Evangelical publishers, and even taught at confessional Reformed seminaries. In the following lecture, Dr. James Dolezal […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (4)

I’ve remarked on Zanchi’s fourth section on the Trinity previously, so I will be brief here. Text and Translation IIII. Essentiales proprietates in Deo reipsa non differe ab essentia. Agnoscimus enim in Deo propter eius simplicitatem essentiales proprietates re ipsa non differre ab essentia ac proinde illas sine hac communicari non posse ulli creaturae, eoque nec ullam […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (3a)

We come now to the only other “footnote” in ch. 2 of Zanchi’s De religione Christiana fides. Text and Translation Aphoris. III. De hac reali essentialium Dei proprietatum communicatione peculiarem conscripsimus et nos tractationem in libro, cui titulus erit De incarnatione Filii Dei, in verba ad Phil. 2: ‘Qui cum in forma Dei esset’ etc.; ad quem, qui pleniorem […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (3)

Today we move on to section three of Zanchi’s chapter “On God, and on the Divine Persons and Properties.” This chapter treats the difference between the “personal” and “essential” properties of the Trinity. Text and Translation III. Proprietatibus personalibus personam a persona distingui: Essentialibus autem ab omni creatura differre. Quoniam vero Sacrae literae ita loquuntur […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (2)

Today we move on to section two in Zanchi’s confession of the Holy Trinity, which asserts both the full deity of all three Persons as well as the unity of the Godhead. Text and Translation II. Ita unamquamque personam verum esse per se Deum, ut tamen non sint tres dii. Ita enim credimus atque e sacris […]

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Zanchi on the Trinity (1a)

Appended to the end of Zanchi’s De religione Christiana fides are a series of Observationes (“Observations”) in the form of aphorismi (“distinctions, definitions, pithy sentences”). Luca Baschera and Christian Moser point out in their introduction that these basically function as footnotes to the dogmatic statements in the confession itself. Not every subsection–indeed, not every chapter–has one of these. Caput […]