True Freedom… in Christ (Hoekema)

Anthony Hoekema's Created in God's Image is an excellent Reformed resource for the study of biblical anthropology (the doctrine of man). I've enjoyed this book for quite a few years now. In my studies last week I was reading chapter twelve, which has to do with human freedom. In a helpful way, Hoekema explained what… Continue reading True Freedom… in Christ (Hoekema)

One Cannot Truly Know Self without Truly Knowing God (Calvin)

As many of our readers might know, John Calvin began his Institutes by explaining that true and sound wisdom has two parts: knowing God and knowing ourselves. Calvin then noted that without a true knowledge of God, a person cannot truly know himself. As Scripture says, in God we live and move and have our… Continue reading One Cannot Truly Know Self without Truly Knowing God (Calvin)

The Riddle or Enigma of Man (Bavinck)

 Here's a great excerpt from the first chapter in Bavinck's Our Reasonable Faith (aka The Wonderful Works of God or Magnalia Dei). I really like how Bavinck integrates Augustine and Pascal in his biblical reflections: The conclusion, therefore, is that of Augustine, who said that the heart of man was created for God and that it cannot find… Continue reading The Riddle or Enigma of Man (Bavinck)

A Reason for These Astonishing Contradictions (Pascal)

 I always enjoy reading Blaise Pascal.  Here are two paragraphs from a section of his writings called, "Morality and Doctrine": The greatness and the wretchedness of man are so evident that the true religion must necessarily teach us both that there is in man some great source of greatness, and a great source of wretchedness.… Continue reading A Reason for These Astonishing Contradictions (Pascal)

Prenatal Genetic Testing and Abortion (Moreland/Rae)

 Our culture today has very subjective and illogical views on what it means to be a person.  For one of several examples, some say that an unborn baby with Down syndrome is not a person.  In fact, as many of our readers know, pregnant women can have tests to see if their unborn baby has… Continue reading Prenatal Genetic Testing and Abortion (Moreland/Rae)