The Necessity of Scripture

  "Not only is it necessary that God reveal himself by means of Word, it is also necessary that the Word be written.  Thus, the Reformed, together with the Lutheran orthodox, affirm the 'necessity of Scripture' or of the 'written Word' (verbum scriptum) over against the contrary claims of Roman Catholic writers like Robert Bellarmine,… Continue reading The Necessity of Scripture

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

Mastricht on the Kingdom(s)

Peter Van Mastricht (d. 1709 - a Reformed professor of theology at Frankfort, Duisburgh, and Utrecht Universities) wrote a theological work called Theoretico-Practica Theologia in 1699.  Soli Deo Gloria published part of it in a booklet called A Treatise on Regeneration.  The entire book is well worth reading, but for now I just want to point out… Continue reading Mastricht on the Kingdom(s)

Puritans, Reformed Scholasticism, and Text Criticism

Puritan and Reformed Scholasticism was "built on" an intense, scholarly, detailed, and humble study of the Scriptures - including original languages and semitic studies. The Reformed scholastics were not opposed to early textual criticism - what we may call "lower" criticism as opposed to "higher" criticism. Actually, the scholastics did massive textual and critical work.… Continue reading Puritans, Reformed Scholasticism, and Text Criticism