But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Helm's Deep - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 31 October 2019 17:16

.....And more on Molinism Featured

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Luis De Molina (1535-1600) 
The Reformed theologians in the 17th century who faced Molinism, such as Rutherford and Twisse, seem to have focused their arguments against middle knowledge by stressing the divine decrees. It is a pity that most of their writing is in scholastic Latin. The most...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 20:06

A review of a book on Molinism Featured

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This is an enlarging of the text of a review that was published some time ago
Molinism, The Contemporary Debate, ed. Ken Perszyk, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, vii+320 pages)
The popularity of ideas, as that of other things, ebbs and flows. This is true even in philosophy, where the...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 01:39

Jonathan Edwards and the Rabbi Featured

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John 'Rabbi Duncan, 1796-1870
I dissent from Jonathan Edwards’ doctrine, because he hazards a speculation, on will quawill, and therefore in reference to all will, divine and human. It is fatal to establish a necessary chain throughout every will in the universe. The divine acts are...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 16:15

The Ethics of 2K Featured

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 Two Kingdoms and Two Cities
Occasionally, there are single verses of Scripture the Bible student encounters that encapsulate a doctrine or a duty completely. So it is, I believe, with this verse from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. ‘As we have opportunity, let us do good to...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 01:38

'Most free' Featured

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In the Westminster Confession’s (and its relations’) chapter on ‘Of God, and the Holy Trinity’, (Ch II.1) tucked in a long list of divine perfections, there is the expression ‘most free’. It is nestled after ‘most wise, most holy’ and before...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 16:26

Can God change? Featured

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In this piece we shall consider  God’s immutability, and its consequences. But what is the nature of his immutability? God is surrounded in mystery, and it is often prudent to stress the negative side of things, lest we think that we are involved in a detailed search...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 16:19

Just Words? - more sentences Featured

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imageJust Words? (104pages), a short introduction to Scripture,  is to be published by EP Books in April.  What follows is a final sample.
This stress on the words of the Bible is sometimes misunderstood. Those who misunderstand give the impression that this focus on...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 03:24

Just Words - What this book is about Featured

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Just Words (104pages), a short introduction to Scripture,  is to be published by EP Books in April.   What follows is a sample. Next month, another sample.<!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal";...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:48

Review of Oliphint's book on Aquinas - III Featured

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The final installment of the review of  Oliphint"s new book on Aquinas. The entire review is published in the Journal of IRBS Theological Seminary (2018): 163-93. It may be purchased at www.rbap.net.
 
Chapter 2 Foundation of Knowledge
So now we look to Scott Oliphint’s more detailed...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 02:34

Review of Oliphint's Aquinas - II Featured

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Thomas Aquinas
The second instalment of the review of  Oliphint's new book on Aquinas.The entire review is published in the Journal of IRBS Theological Seminary (2018): 163-93. It may be purchased at www.rbap.net. The last instalment next month, dv.
Oliphint’s Chapters
In his...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 18:44

Review of Oliphint's new book on Aquinas Featured

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Thomas Aquinas
This is the opening sections of a longish reviewarticle on Scott Oliphint's new book on Aquinas. The entire review is published in the Journal of IRBS Theological Seminary (2018): 163-93. It may be purchased at www.rbap.net."
Thomas Aquinas by K. Scott Oliphint:
A Review Article
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Thursday, 30 June 2016 22:38

What are creeds and confessions? Featured

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 07:24

Warfield on the Trinity

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Those interested in ‘subordination’ or its absence, and eternal begottenness Nicea -style, ought to take a look at what Warfield has to say about such questions. Below is a section toward the end of his paper ‘The Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity’ (Biblical Doctrines). The paper can be downloaded as a PDF by Googling it. In
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 04:39

An Elbow in the Kingdom

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Thomas à Becket
The news that Thomas à Becket’s elbow – a Roman Catholic relic – has arrived in the UK from Hungary set me thinking about the Two Kingdoms again.
This fragment of à Becket’s remains is one of several remaining bits of the late Archbishop of Canterbury who was
Friday, 13 May 2016 07:39

Truemania?

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People in the US are getting in a right tizzy about lavatories. Now the President is to issue a Decree about what the arrangements must be in public schools, to the effect that the test of which toilet you end up in should depend on what gender you choose, and not on the gender you were born with. That tizzy is likely to boil over soon.
Of course
Monday, 02 May 2016 06:06

This time, in praise of John Owen

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It is often said that the ‘faculty psychology’ that the Puritans endorsed, together with many of their non-Puritan contemporaries, in which the understanding, the will and the emotions look to be in tidy order, produces a one-dimensional view of the human self. 

But not so. Or, it does not need to be so.

John Owen explored the world

Thursday, 31 March 2016 23:56

Did John Owen have two minds?

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In this post I am interested in the mind of John Owen during the time when he was  part of Oliver Cromwell’s ‘leadership team’ as one of Cromwell’s chaplains, travelling with it as military strategy determined, to Ireland, and then to Scotland and so on. The period ends with his published sermon of 1656.

As

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 23:47

Sacred and Secular

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The late R. A. Markus, a former colleague at Liverpool, author of Saculum: History and Society in the Theology of St.Augustine

'Sacred and secular'. A well-used phrase. But what does it mean? Does it make a contrast between the religious and the non-religious?  Between the church and the world? The public square where everything that matters

Monday, 29 February 2016 23:33

2K and Quietism

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John Bunyan - Pastor, Pilgrim, Tinker

I don’t think I can take much more 2K versus ‘transformationalist’ journalism. Nor tired tirades against Socialism in the name of Christ and Capitalism. Nor the usual stuff about segregation in the South of the United States in years gone by, convictions formed with the help of current

Thursday, 18 February 2016 04:40

Willing and Not Willing

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Joseph Truman (1631-71) was an ejected minister from the Nottinghamshire area. He wrote (among other things) a Discourse of Natural and Moral Impotency (2nd edn. 1675) which is not a medical handbook, as you may think, but a tidy theological essay in which he sets forth the distinction between moral ability and natural or physical ability. All the

Sunday, 31 January 2016 23:51

Confessing the impassible God - II

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This is the concluding half of the Foreword to

Confessing the Impassible God (RBAP, Palmdale, California)

edited by 

Ronald S. Baines

Richard C. Barcellos

James P. Butler

Stefan T. Lindblad

James M.  Renihan

III

We have already noticed the close connection between divine impassibility and divine immutability, that one is an aspect of the

Friday, 15 January 2016 16:03

Getting into hot water

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I see that the oft-rehearsed question of whether Christians and Moslems worship the same God has surfaced again. Quite a few years ago I got into hot water by saying things about Islam that implied that a Moslem could be said, on a certain occasion, to worship the same God as us Christians.

But before we get to that, it seems that Paul had

Thursday, 31 December 2015 23:36

Confessing the Impassible God

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Confessing the Impassible God (RBAP, Palmdale, California)

edited by 

Ronald S. Baines

Richard C. Barcellos

James P. Butler

Stefan T. Lindholm

James M.  Renihan

Available from 

http://www.rbap.net/our-books/confessing-the-impassible-god-the-biblical-classical-confessional-doctrine-of-divine-impassibility/

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What follows is the Preface

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 01:04

Laughing at ourselves

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'O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us. '

(Robert Burns, (1759 - 1796),  'To a Louse') 

Hundreds of thousands of people have joined an online ‘petition’ that Donald Trump not be admitted to the UK (tho’, as far as is known, he has no plans at present to come here). This is on

 

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