Natural Law and Two Kingdoms: Conclusion

Though I had hoped to finish doing a very brief run-down of VanDrunen's new book last week, I'll have to settle for briefly finishing it up today.  I'm picking up with chapter eight, where VanDrunen discusses Barth and the Reformed doctrines of natural law and the two kingdoms.  Essentially, says VanDrunen, Barth rejected the natural law and two kingdoms doctrines because… Continue reading Natural Law and Two Kingdoms: Conclusion

Natural Law and Two Kingdoms in Reformed History

When I was in college, I had a class on "spiritual formation" that was basically a huge dose of medieval mysticism with just a touch of English puritanism.  (I've wondered since then if this teacher of mine knew what the English Puritans said about Rome!)  Since the class was de-forming my "spirituality" (I did NOT… Continue reading Natural Law and Two Kingdoms in Reformed History

Kuyper on Children and the Lord’s Supper

In his helpful little booklet, The Implications of Public Confessions (trans. Henry Zylstra, [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1934]), Abraham Kuyper wrote about the aspects of public confession of faith.  In it he commented on baptized children and the Lord's Supper: should kids partake? An infant "is not yet qualified to receive the sacrament of nourishment.  We must… Continue reading Kuyper on Children and the Lord’s Supper

Kuyper on Covenants (Works/Grace) Part III of III

Ending (for now) this series of posts on Kuyper's clear affirmation and appreciation of the CoW/CoG distinction, we see how Kuyper views pre-fall Adam in contrast to the Christian.  Again, this is taken from The Work of the Holy Spirit (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1900).  It should be read with the first two similar posts (parts… Continue reading Kuyper on Covenants (Works/Grace) Part III of III

Kuyper on Covenants (Works/Grace) Part II of III

Continuing on the theme of Kuyper and the CoG/CoW distinction, note the following, taken from the same context of the previous post (Part I) (The Work of the Holy Spirit [New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1900], 49-50).  "...The Scripture and the Confession of our fathers emphasize the doctrine of the Covenants; for the difference between… Continue reading Kuyper on Covenants (Works/Grace) Part II of III