The Original Homeland of Man

The following paragraph from Kingdom Prologue is one that I've appreciated for a long time: The original homeland of man might well have been named Immanuel.  God was with man, man's dwelling-place was God's dwelling-place.  That was the greatest glory of paradise and the supreme and ultimate blessedness of human life.  The covenant servant had… Continue reading The Original Homeland of Man

Bavinck on Adam Pre-Fall: Merit or Maturity?

Herman Bavinck's valuable survey of Christian doctrine, Our Reasonable Faith (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1956) has a wonderful section on the state of man in Eden before the fall.  Let me summarize his summary from pages 216-220. Bavinck starts by noting that we have to distinguish between the "condition in which the first man was created… Continue reading Bavinck on Adam Pre-Fall: Merit or Maturity?