Medieval, Reformation, and Scholastic – The Doctrine of the Holy Supper

Though not mentioned in volume one of Muller's PRRD, the doctrine of the Lord's Supper throughout church history proves Muller's point [see my last post]: the reformers and following scholastics did not outright reject 100% of medieval theology. Did the Reformers reject the Roman doctrine of Transubstantiation? Certainly. Did they reject all previous medieval teaching… Continue reading Medieval, Reformation, and Scholastic – The Doctrine of the Holy Supper

On Rejecting Reformed Scholasticism

Reading through Muller's Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics (PRRD) is a profound experience. In these pages, one learns how the fibers of the Reformation and Reformed teaching are found in the early and medieval church. For example, one of Muller's points is that Reformed scholastics (from early to late orthodoxy) did not totally break from all previous… Continue reading On Rejecting Reformed Scholasticism

The Sinaitic/Mosaic Covenant: Works or Grace? Turretin Explains…

Francis Turretin is most helpful in the sometimes heated discussion of whether the covenant God made with the Israelites on Sinai was simply the covenant of grace renewed, or simply the covenant of works republished, or something else (a third thing). Turretin first rejects the "third covenant" opinion, which the "celebrated man, John Cameron" (the… Continue reading The Sinaitic/Mosaic Covenant: Works or Grace? Turretin Explains…

Turretin on the Covenants Part II

 This is part II of F. Turretin's discussion of the difference between the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace.  Again, this is found in volume 2 of Turretin's Institutes (pages 190-191). The CoW and CoG differ: 6) In their ends: the end of the first (CoW) was the declaration of justice, while the… Continue reading Turretin on the Covenants Part II

Turretin on the Covenants (Part I)

  Z. Ursinus (d. 1583) said that all preachers should be able to clearly explain the difference between the Law and the Gospel.  I say the same for the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace distinction.   Here is F. Turretin (d. 1687)  on the difference between the two - this is part one of… Continue reading Turretin on the Covenants (Part I)