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

An Outline of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Originally published posthumouly in 1779, David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Theology sounded the death knell for natural theology. Natural theology was the attempt to discern the character and existence of God from creation alone, apart from revelation. Addressing arguments from the appearance of design in the world (a posteriori), what is now called the cosmological arguement (a priori), … Continue reading An Outline of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Review of Interpreting the Prophetic Word by Willem A. VanGemeren

In his Interpreting the Prophetic Word, VanGemeren has undertaken a hefty venture: he seeks to provide both the tools needed to interpret prophetic literature in the Bible and a sweeping overview of each prophetic book. His approach is generally Reformed in its emphasis on the centrality of covenant in the unfolding of redemptive history and … Continue reading Review of Interpreting the Prophetic Word by Willem A. VanGemeren

Review of The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann

In his The Prophetic Imagination, Walter Brueggemann attempts to unite the Old Testament evidence with our contemporary situation in order that the Church may seriously consider the role of the prophetic in ministry (xxiii, 1). According to his own definition of prophetic, Brueggemann’s book is itself prophetic in that its poetic language seeks to excite … Continue reading Review of The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann

A Review of Heavenly Participation by Hans Boersma

Throughout the history of theology, there have been individuals and entire movements that have contributed, in short periods of time, immense insights into Scripture and our understanding of theology—though Catholic and Protestant traditions have moved along relatively different trajectories and have usually not treasured the same individuals and movements. Heavenly Participation, by Hans Boersma, is … Continue reading A Review of Heavenly Participation by Hans Boersma

A Review of Heavenly Participation by Hans Boersma – 1

[this is a fragmented remnant of a larger but now defunct project, originally a critique of Hans Boersma's Heavenly Participation and the sacramental worldview expressed therein.] An Unpersuasive Argument The first reason Heavenly Participation is unpersuasive is that it lacks any real argument and whatever arguments it does make are fallacious and implicit, or explicit and … Continue reading A Review of Heavenly Participation by Hans Boersma – 1

A Review of The Potter’s Freedom by James R. White

I am tired of reading books that attempt to make me think big thoughts about myself, and small thoughts about God; Norman Geisler's Chosen But Free was a textbook example of this kind of book. Fortunately, it produced this response; White's book is anything but a book that will leave you thinking big thoughts about … Continue reading A Review of The Potter’s Freedom by James R. White