In this first post, I only want to summarily define my own position and address some of Henebury’s starting assumptions.
Rules rule the day. System and method, if correctly followed, will automatically garner the right conclusions. The employment of method and the proper outflow of process are givens within the context of a chemical laboratory or doctor’s office.
Calvin generally thought of biblical interpretation as a task to be done in concert with the rest of the Christian church.
Fundamentally, ERAS must reject the clause in the Athanasian Creed that says, “Nothing in this trinity is before or after, nothing is greater or smaller; in their entirety the three persons are coeternal and coequal with each other.”
There isn’t any necessarily spiritual aspect to either history or grammar. They are natural categories. History is, after all, empirically discerned and studied…
Many Christians do not know what to do with the Old Testament or where to place it in terms of its significance for the Christian life. Yet the Scriptures give us numerous examples…
Today, however, a dark cloud of doubt looms over such a worldly sense of “progress.”
Are there two firstborn sons? It would appear so. The question, therefore, is, In what sense(s) are either really ‘firstborn’?
To use a creed in order to refute the use of creeds is not only self-refuting, it is hypocritical.
In Matthew 3:5-12, we witness a stunning display of righteous zeal in the face of religious and political corruption.
Visible saints hold to orthodox theology. This does not mean that all visible saints know all that is orthodox.
The New Testament is replete with language identifying the church with the temple of our God, “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are (1 Cor. 3:17).”
He is a contextual voice regarding confessional hermeneutics making him a trustworthy source in discerning what the Protestant Reformed hermeneutic looked like in the late 16th and 17th centuries.
Though the three most influential Reformed confessions (Westminster, Savoy, 2LCF) begin with Scripture, it may surprise the reader to learn that neither confession begins with Scripture as a stand-alone authority.
Therefore, according to Calvin, Christ prays according to His human nature in John 17:5, and the divine Persons remain sufficiently and really distinguished in virtue of the relations of origin.
God is far beyond our ways such that man must strain the outer limits of his language just to flick the hem of His robe (if that).
at minimum, we should be able to conclude from the evidence presented that Calvin held to the classical formulation of divine simplicity.
Contemporary Thomistic studies largely assumes the origins for Thomas’s doctrine “limitation of act by potency” is to be properly and neatly located in Aristotle’s corpus. According to W. Norris Clarke, however, such an assumption is misguided…
Why do we now turn a suspicious eye toward our forefathers? Have we really become skeptics? Confessional agnostics?
God’s Scriptural appeal is made to rational creatures. And when, by grace, a rational creature is made to accept and trust in the truth of Scripture, his rational appetites are not extinguished but improved.
Philosophy, then, is assigned to inquiry concerning the preambles of faith. And theology is assigned to inquiry concerning the articles of faith revealed through Scripture.
Allegedly, Thomas believed that if a man was sharp enough to do so, he could hypothetically reason his way into the gospel, so to speak.
In the below verbiage, it becomes clear that Benjamin Keach positively and helpfully employs Aristotle.
Johnson seems to believe there is an apparent contradiction in need of explanation. There is, as it were, a paradox in need of resolution. But, as we shall see, such paradoxes are but ghostly phantoms lacking substance.
All Christians ought to press on to know God. Not all Christians will know God to the exact same degree.
The Noahic Covenant remains. It’s institution is neither causal nor characteristic of the kingdom/domain of darkness. But neither is it’s administration granted to the Redemptive Kingdom, or the Kingdom of the Son.
If God is simple, it follows He isn’t made up of anything more basic than Himself to be what He is. In other words, God is non-composed. All that is in God is God. An apparent difficulty arises, however, when we consider God’s will as it relates to the created world.
There isn’t a single place upon the timeline of history to which we might point in an attempt make an historical demonstration of natural theology’s demise.
There has been much speculation as to the identity and timing of God’s kingdom. Contemporary speculation on the kingdom of God tends to domesticate and separate the kingdom from Christ and His work, and it fails to account for present-kingdom language used throughout the New Testament.
Like the word “Trinity,” the word “simplicity” eludes those making the demand for an express, biblical reference. So, how do we know if it’s biblical?