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Richard Bauckham on Biblical and Patristic Theology

Dr. Bauckham kindly sent me a reply to my previous brief post about his Hellenization thesis (as I termed it, not him): I read your piece after comments were closed. Just for information, my concept of personal identity is not Hegelian. It follows Paul Ricoeur in his book Oneself as Another. The difference I am […]

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Richard Bauckham’s Hellenization Thesis

In his widely praised book on NT Christology, Richard Bauckham writes: The term identity is mine, not that of the ancient literature, but I use it as a label for what I do find in the literature, which is not, of course, necessarily a notion precisely the same as modern ideas of personal identity, but […]

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Vestiti Christi Iusticia

In his discussion of the First Commandment in the Enchiridion theologicum, Niels Hemmingsen observes that no man satisfies it–as, indeed, is true of the other nine as well. This should cause the mind “to contemplate its own impurity and to recognize its deserved punishment.” The punishment our wickedness deserves in general is the curse; specifically, it […]

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The Covering of the Divine Mercy

  Our Monday jolt of Calvin for this week comes from his discussion of the Law in Institutes 2.7.8. The Law pronounces a curse on all who, taking their beginning from unbelief, disobey its demands and binds the wayward to condemnation and destruction. But why? In order to serve the divine clemency: so that the wayward […]

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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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Martin Bucer on Private Confession & Absolution

Amy Nelson Burnett points out that Zwinglians and Lutherans differed on the practice of offering private confession and absolution. Lutherans believed the practice to be a healthy replacement for mandatory auricular confession, while the Zwinglians considered it meaningless for one Christian to pronounce forgiveness over another. Martin Bucer initially supported the Zwinglians on this issue […]

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Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Ourselves

Wisdom and Worship in Two Parts John Calvin famously begins his Institutes of the Christian Religion with a programmatic statement about the interrelation of knowledge of God and knowledge of oneself, in a sort of sanctification of the injunction of the Delphic Oracle: Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and […]

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Vermigli on Episcopacy

As Steven pointed out a number of years ago, the early Scots adopted an episcopal form of church polity. This should not strike us as unusual for there were some among the continental Reformers who wanted to continue the long tradition of ruling bishops in the church. Martin Bucer, Peter Martyr Vermigli, and Jerome Zanchi […]

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Calvin on Posture in Worship

Sitting on the Promises? Two of the more common gestural accompaniments of prayer and worship in Scripture are kneeling and the lifting of one’s hands. In several places in the Institutes and his commentaries, John Calvin reflects on the usefulness of such practices for Christian prayer and sketches an outline of what it is that […]

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Contarini on Justification (13)

It’s been about six months, and it’s time to get back to Gasparo Contarini’s De iustificatione. I will include the previous two installments above the new one for the sake of context. The bit that is new here begins “These Protestants…” and is, in my view, one of the more important passages in the treatise due […]