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

Reformedish - Apologetic Report

image I already announced this online last week, but I’ve accepted the invitation to be a columnist for the Christianity Today print edition for the next year. The column is entitled “Confessing God”–a title I’ve taken from the late John Webster. My hope is that each piece...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 01:29

Do Not Be Anxious to Be Modern In Theology

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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 sa...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 23:19

Basil’s Doxological Spirit

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image I’ve already written a little bit on Basil the Great’s idea of the work of the Spirit in the ministry of the Son. In that light, it’s very clear that Basil thinks of the Spirit economically, or historically. Much of On the Holy Spiritis caught up showing that the Spirit is...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 22:24

A Note on ‘Biblical’ Simplicity

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image Some form of the doctrine of divine simplicity has long been an assumed mainstay in Christian theology. At its base, it affirms that God is not composite, or composed of metaphysical parts. In some of its most robust forms, it entails a lot more, such as the idea that God is identical...

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image One of the main principles the Church Fathers used to establish the doctrine of the Trinity was to recognize that a unity of activities person or “operations” meant a unity of being and identity. Early in the 4th Century theologians like Athanasius argued from this principle to...

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image This week on Mere Fidelity, we had the immense privilege of having Yuval Levin join us to discuss his important book The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in an Age of IndividualismIf you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. It is one of the...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:34

Perichoresis in Aquinas: Fruit, not Foundation

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image “Perichoresis” or, in Latin, circumincessio, has been a fairly traditional term in trinitarian theology since at least the time of John of Damascus. Before he applied it to the trinitarian issue, it was used to speak of the mutual interpenetration of the human and divine...

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imageI had a few thoughts on the notion of virtue-signalling after watching this first week of the Trump Presidency, the Women’s March, and the March for Life unfold online.

Virtue is a good thing, which is why thinking yourself or being thought to possess virtue is an attractive prospect.

This...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 07:08

Mere Fidelity: The 100th Episode

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image I have been slacking in posting links to Mere Fidelity Episodes of late. But I couldn’t fail to link to this week’s episode since it is our 100th! That’s pretty wild when I think about it. Somehow people have been listening to us for 100 episodes. (Or, maybe it’s just a lot...

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