Some Thoughts on Philip Schaff’s The Principle of Protestantism

In part one of his book the Principle of Protestantism, Philip Schaff sketches the two-sided (material and formal) principle he sees to be the essential positive element of the Reformation; that is, the progressive element the Reformation contributed to the evolution of the Catholic Church. The second part addresses the relation of this principle to … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Philip Schaff’s The Principle of Protestantism

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Some Thoughts on Braaten and Jenson, The Catholicity of the Reformation

In the section Structures of Authority in his essay, The Problem of Authority in the Church, Carl E. Braaten argues that the Reformation was catholic in the way it viewed the relationship between Scripture and the church. Braaten argues beforehand that the church needs a way to identify and denounce heresy; to do so there … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Braaten and Jenson, The Catholicity of the Reformation

Luther’s Sola Scriptura

In 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, many are quick to pledge support to Luther and the Reformer's doctrine of Scripture--Sola Scriptura--or to decry and deny it, yet the discussions concerning this doctrine reveal that not everyone knows what Sola Scriptura actually meant. What we need is a proper understanding of what Sola Scriptura … Continue reading Luther’s Sola Scriptura

CONVINCED OF BETTER THINGS: AN EXPOSITION OF HEBREWS 6:1-12

Hebrews 6 has proved to be a contensious passage in the history of exegesis and theology: the strong warning issued in this passage has proved to be the battleground for many soteriological debates. In this paper, I argue that the passage, interpreted within the compatibilist worldview of the Bible, holds together the same tension found … Continue reading CONVINCED OF BETTER THINGS: AN EXPOSITION OF HEBREWS 6:1-12

CONVINCED OF BETTER THINGS: AN EXPOSITION OF HEBREWS 6:1-12

Hebrews 6 has proved to be a contensious passage in the history of exegesis and theology: the strong warning issued in this passage has proved to be the battleground for many soteriological debates. In this paper, I argue that the passage, interpreted within the compatibilist worldview of the Bible, holds together the same tension found … Continue reading CONVINCED OF BETTER THINGS: AN EXPOSITION OF HEBREWS 6:1-12

Why I Hate, Detest—Yes, Even Abhor—Libraries

I will make a confession: I hate libraries. Yes, I am a master’s student who has worked in libraries for 6 years; yet I hate them. I don’t hate them for their tranquil silence; for the inconsistent temperature the John Richard Allison library always seems to have; or even for the heretical, destructive, damaging, horrible, … Continue reading Why I Hate, Detest—Yes, Even Abhor—Libraries

Coming on the Clouds of Heaven: An Investigation into the Nature of Our Lord’s Return in Contrast with the Doctrine of the Rapture

In this paper I argue against the dispensational bifurcation of Christ's return, which posits a rapture and then the second coming , through a close reading of three major texts (Matthew 24, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians) and various other key texts in interation with these. I conclude that, according to the New Testament, Christ will … Continue reading Coming on the Clouds of Heaven: An Investigation into the Nature of Our Lord’s Return in Contrast with the Doctrine of the Rapture

Appendix 2 – Christianity and Culture

In this appendix to my paper "To Love God with All One's Heart Soul and Strength," I examine Neibuhr's categories of Christ and Culture, the Cultural Mandate, and various biblical motifs, arguing that Christians are called to be radically different and radically orientated towards each other in order to be an effective witness to the … Continue reading Appendix 2 – Christianity and Culture

Appendix 1 -The Christian Worldview

In this first appendix of my paper "To Love God with All One's Heart Soul and Strength," I sketch the Christian worldview as best as I understand it. I briefly treat a Biblical view of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. My presentation is highly dependent on the work of John Frame and is very selective, only … Continue reading Appendix 1 -The Christian Worldview