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Praying for Virtue in the Culture of Persuasion

The eminent English divine Henry More (1618-1647), like many of his Protestant forebears, believed that piety is an essential part of moral philosophy, that is to say, that moral philosophy is not a secular discipline. The individual who seeks true virtue, More believed, would not be satisfied until he discovers the ultimate source of virtue […]

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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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Archive Authors Eric Parker Natural Law Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

Prudence and Persuasion in Erasmus and Luther

Victoria Kahn’s Rhetoric, Prudence, and Skepticism in the Renaissance¬†is well worth the read for anyone interested in the topic of political theology, virtue ethics, or the Renaissance and Reformation more broadly. She describes the nature of Renaissance concepts of prudence and rhetoric and its importance for the debate between Erasmus and Luther on the freedom […]

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Archive Eric Parker Nota Bene Sacred Doctrine The Two Kingdoms

Martin Luther’s Two Kingdoms, Virtue Ethics, and Lucas Cranach’s Painting ‘Gesetz und Gnade’

Readers of TCI will undoubtedly be interested to know about the upcoming publication of a volume of collected essays covering various topics related to the transition from Medieval to Early Modern concepts of “mediation.” Though all of the articles in this volume are well-researched and together make the volume worth the price (cf. the two […]