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

Apologetic Report - Helm's Deep
Friday, 03 March 2017 15:25

Augustine the pilgrim Featured

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Ruins of Hippo
The City of God was completed three years before Augustine died. The Barbarians overcame this Roman province of Africa later in the century. They reached Hippo in 430, the year of Augustine’s death.Christianity was wiped out. In this case at least Tertullian’s saying that...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:16

Unique times? Featured

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What has been is what will be,
and what has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there a thing of which it is said, ‘See, this is new’?
It has been already in the ages before us.
As we saw in the previous post,...

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Monday, 02 January 2017 00:15

Which side of history are you on? Featured

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The beginning of a new year might be thought the appropriate time to begin it by identifying whether we are on the right side of history or not. That phrase, ‘the right side of history’ is not mine of course. Nor is it the best way to think of our relation to the past. But it ...

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 23:13

Imago Featured

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Last time we looked at Reformed Orthodox and Puritan views of soul and body, showing that for them your body is as much you as your soul, being animated by the soul. So the soul and body may be regarded as two essential substances. This has a bearing on how the image of God in man is to be understood...

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Monday, 31 October 2016 23:36

The Puritans’ soul Featured

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It is not generally appreciated, I think, that the Puritans in general adopted Thomas Aquinas’s view (taken from Aristotle) that the soul is the form of the body; as such, the soul invests the body with vegetative, sensory and intellectual powers. A human...

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Saturday, 01 October 2016 01:16

Compatibilism and two-way contingency. Featured

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‘For no-one is known to another so intimately as he is known to himself, and yet no-one is so well known even to himself that he can be sure as to his own conduct on the morrow.’ (Augustine)  
This is a brief post on contingency, as a follow up on ‘Who’s the...

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Friday, 16 September 2016 17:11

Who's the magician? Featured

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The aim of this short piece is to emphasise a point about the conflict between libertarianism and compatibilism, that there cannot be a plausible ‘argument from experience’ for libertarianism.
Think about the following case, which is meant to favour libertarianism, from a leading...

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 16:57

Thinking Outside the Box? Featured

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A few times ago I made the point that by their very nature confessional documents, standards for the regulation of a public body, are compromises. They are in that sense politicaldocuments. Within a common subscription to a form of words there may be wide variants still in the minds...

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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

 

 

There’s not been a post on John Calvin on Helm’s Deep for some time. So here goes.

Do you ever review what you’ve come to think about a particular matter?  I’ve  been taking a brief reprise on what I have come to think, little by little, about Calvin and  natural

Sunday, 01 November 2015 22:38

Baptists and toleration Featured

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In the Baptist Confession of 1689 there is an explicit statement regarding ‘Christian liberty’, chapter XXI. The first three paragraphs are very similar to Chapter  XX  of the Westminster Confession, but it omits the fourth paragraph. The omission is significant. The Westminster Confession went on to say, in XX.IV.

IV And

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 12:41

John Flavel redivivus

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