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Calvin on the Trinity (3)

Calvin continues to interact with Scripture on the oneness and threeness of God. Translation Consider Paul, too: in order to prove that it is fitting for us all to stand before Christ’s tribunal, he brings another remark of the prophet to bear: “As I live, every knee shall bow before me” (Isaiah 45.23). To be […]

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Calvin on the Trinity (2)

In the next section of his Brief Admonition to the Polish Brothers, a work written against contemporary anti-Trinitarians, Calvin begins to deal with the different ways in which Scripture speaks of God. That is to say, Calvin makes the following traditional distinction: sometimes Scripture speaks of God simply, without reference to the Persons, and sometimes it […]

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Authors E.J. Hutchinson Eastern Europe/Caucasus Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Uncategorized

Calvin on the Trinity (1)

The topic of the Trinity has been #trending in recent months, and its proper understanding has been a matter of dispute. Disputes about the Trinity are nothing new, of course, and the Trinitarian theology of this site’s namesake has itself often been the subject of controversy. Calvin himself, in turn, was involved in Trinitarian debates […]

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Archive Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Ursinus on the Doctrine of God: Part 3- Answering Objections

Our next installment in our series from Zacharias Ursinus’s teaching on the doctrine of God (see also part 1 and part 2) is his defense of the traditional theological explanation against the detractors of his day. You will notice that the Reformed churches were opposed by the “biblicists” of their day. Ursinus does respond by […]

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Archive Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Ursinus on the Doctrine of God: Part 2- Basic Trinitarian Categories

We continue our series on Zacharias Ursinus’s explanation of the doctrine of the God (see part 1 for more), looking now at His explanation of the Trinity. The following comes from his Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, eighth Lord’s Day section 3, pg. 129-132 of the P&R edition. Readers will notice a strongly “traditional” explanation, […]

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Archive Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Against “Historical Theology”

In the recent polemical engagement between John Frame, James Dolezal, and various other commentators, the role of history in theology has been a major talking point. Should we stick to the historic tradition or should be free to be unapologetically “biblical”? To what extent can we criticize past theologians? Should we view constructive theology with […]

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Archive Mark Jones Reformed Irenicism

Reviewing Frame’s Review of Dolezal

  Introduction I read with some interest John Frame’s review of James Dolezal’s book, All That Is In God (RHB, 2017). I have respect for both men; I like both men. Frame has been kind to me and I have no interest in making him an enemy.  Sure, Frame himself carries out some attacks that […]

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Dat Old Debbel Tritheism?

So I do want to point out the virtual impossibility of talking about these things without “sounding like” we might be drifting toward a problem. If the Son is the one who made the actual decision, where did the unified divine will (that which makes decisions) go? If Jesus made this as a voluntary decision, does this […]

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A Review of James Dolezal’s All That Is In God

James Dolezal – All That is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2017), 162 + xiv pages. James Dolezal has written an important book, a passionate and pastoral defense of a doctrine (divine simplicity and its implicates) which has fallen on hard times. In Professor […]

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Archive Philosophy Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

John Calvin, the Beatific Vision, and the End of Mediation

Dr. Hutchinson’s recent post on Augustine reminded me about a point of Calvin’s eschatology that I wanted to explore. Agreeing with Augustine, Calvin argues that there will come a time when Christ’s mediation will come to an end, and the godman will deliver the kingdom over to the Trinity (considered properly; its deity as such). […]