Archive for September 2009

Why the Claim that Catholics Don’t Understand Reformed Theology is not Uncharitable

Sep 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Suppose a Catholic is discussing Reformed theology with a Reformed Protestant and that the Catholic is explaining to the Reformed Protestant why he doesn’t agree with particular aspects of Reformed theology.  And suppose the Reformed Protestant tells the Catholic that he (the Catholic) just doesn’t understand Reformed theology, and that the Reformed Protestant’s evidence for […]



Episode 8 – Hermeneutics and the Authority of Scripture

Sep 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Podcast

Tim Troutman interviews Matt Yonke on his recent lead article entitled “Hermeneutics and the Authority of Scripture.”  The audio is a bit choppy around the four minute mark but that clears up pretty soon. To download the mp3, right click here.



Prose and Poetry: A Catholic Perspective on Kingdom, Cult, and Creation

Sep 28th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Recently, some Reformed bloggers have been discussing the relationships between sacred and secular, cult and creation. This discussion has been cast in terms of Two Kingdoms: the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man. [1] What follows is a rudimentary effort to describe two prominent Reformed views on this matter, show how each view […]



Horton on being made “One Flesh with Christ”

Sep 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

At the West Coast Ligonier conference, Dr. Michael Horton was asked the following question:



Is Paedocommunion a Step Towards Heresy or Orthodoxy?

Sep 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

I was blessed to spend roughly 6 years as a part of the OPC. Love them or leave them, you cannot deny their tenacity for truth and orthodoxy. While the Eastern Orthodox have been called Orthodox for a long time, there is a sense in which this denomination which began in the 1930s has “earned” […]



Social Trinitarianism and the Catholic Faith

Sep 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In his chapter titled “Social Trinity and Tritheism,” in the book Trinity, Incarnation, and Atonement, (University of Notre Dame Press, 1989), Cornelius Plantinga Jr., the current president of Calvin Theological Seminary, argues in support of what is known as ‘social trinitarianism.’  This position is not compatible with the Catholic doctrine of the Trinity, so here […]



What is the Catholic Faith Like?

Sep 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Whatever the Catholic faith is, it must be an indulgence in Christianity on all points of contact. For it would not have been enough for Catholicism to say “Gnosticism is a heresy;” she felt it necessary to permeate her entire doctrinal manifesto with Incarnational theology. And when Nestorius said Christ was two persons it was […]



Why Protestantism has no “visible catholic Church”

Sep 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Part of the content of the Christian faith is the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church,” because that is one article of the Church’s Creed. Concerning the Church, the Westminster Confession of Faith reads:



John Calvin’s Worst Heresy: That Christ Suffered in Hell

Sep 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Years ago while listening to Hank Hanegraaff’s Bible Answer Man radio program, a caller called in about “Christ suffering in Hell.” Hank rightly explained that “Christ suffering in Hell” is not a biblical doctrine, but noted that the doctrine was held by John Calvin. Hank respectfully disagreed with Calvin. We can argue back and forth […]



Savvy Jesus Picks Diverse Team

Sep 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Does diversity of opinion increase the chance that truth will surface in the Church? A recent article in the Presbyterian Church in America’s magazine ByFaith, “Must We All Get Along?” by Jim Seybert, claims that contrary views are essential for determining truth. Seybert begins by making note of Pauline texts on the need for diversity […]