The European Reformation(s)

 I just noticed a clearance sale on a seminary textbook I've grown to love: The European Reformations by Carter Lindberg (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1996).  Note: this is the first edition of the textbook.  The second edition is out as well (check it out here).  The first edition would be good for those of you who… Continue reading The European Reformation(s)

Models of the Church

Since one of my reading hobbies is ecclesiology I recently picked up and read the newest edition of Avery Dulles' Models of the Church (New York: Doubleday, 2002).  In this book, Dulles summarizes and explains what he thinks are the five major models of ecclesiology in contemporary Christianity: Church as institution, church as mystical communion, church as sacrament,… Continue reading Models of the Church

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

Pascal’s Provincial Letters

Blaise Pascal (b. 1623) was what we would call a well-educated layperson, a French Catholic who identified with the Jansenists (rather than the Jesuits).  He wrote the Penesees, where you can find the now famous "Pascal's Wager."  I'm reading his Provincial Letters, in which he - with much irony, sarcasm, and humor - points out… Continue reading Pascal’s Provincial Letters

Turretin on Reformation Churches

This is a good summary by Francis Turretin (d. 1687) of why and how the Reformation was a good move away from Rome (note: this is just a few paragraphs of a longer discussion).  One thing (among many) about the Reformation that deeply resonates with me is how the Reformers were wrestling with the core truths… Continue reading Turretin on Reformation Churches