Posts Tagged ‘ Trent ’

Trent and the Gospel: A Reply to Tim Challies

May 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts

On April 16, Tim Challies, a Reformed pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario, and co-founder of Cruciform Press, published a post titled “The False Teachers: Pope Francis.” That generated much discussion, as one might imagine. I responded to it in comment #335 of “Does the Bible Teach Sola Fide?” One of the criticisms […]



Did the Council of Trent Contradict the Second Council of Orange?

Sep 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

John Hendryx is a PCA member who studied at Reformed Theological Seminary and owns and edits Monergism.com, a well known Reformed website and online Reformed library and bookstore. He has posted an article claiming that the sixth session of the Council of Trent (AD 1547) is at odds with the Second Council of Orange (AD […]



Did Trent Teach that Christ’s Merits Are Not Sufficient for Salvation?

Jun 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Reformed theologian Michael Horton recently claimed that “Trent said in no uncertain terms that Christ’s merits are not sufficient for salvation.” Whether or not that claim sounds suspicious to you, and it did to me, remember one of the cardinal rules in ecumenical inquiry: Don’t get your Catholic theology from Protestant hearsay–and vice versa. Go […]



Calvin, Trent, and the Vulgate: Misinterpreting the Fourth Session

Jun 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog Posts

*Update* I have made finding my responses to critics easier by linking to them at the end of the post. When I first began to take interest in theology, and in Reformed theology in particular, during college, I learned the story of how the Catholic Church closed herself off to serious study of the Holy […]



The Church Fathers on Transubstantiation

Dec 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Articles

This article is intended to be a resource showing the support for the doctrine of Transubstantiation in the Church fathers, and not a robust defense of the doctrine as defined by the Council of Trent.1 The Church fathers did not believe in a mere spiritual presence of Christ alongside or in the elements (bread and […]



Aquinas and Trent: Part 7

Mar 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Blog Posts

On this day, March 7, in the year 1274, seven hundred and thirty six years ago, St. Thomas Aquinas departed from this life, and thus today is his traditional feast day.1 Last year, on this day, I began a series of posts intending to show how St. Thomas’s theology helps explain the soteriology set forth […]



Ten Questions for N.T. Wright regarding Catholicism, Justification, and the Church

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

This post originally appeared at the Canterbury Tales blog. Let me begin by saying that I am honored to have received a response from N.T. Wright in Christianity Today last month. He is a giant and he has probably influenced me more than any other living theologian (yes, even more than Ratzinger/Benedict XVI). At the […]



St. Paul on Justification

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

Yesterday Professor Lawrence Feingold gave an outstanding lecture on “St. Paul on Justification.” Listen to the lecture and the Q&A below: Lecture: Q&A: The mp3 for this lecture (and that of the Q&A), as well as the pdf, can be downloaded here. I’m creating a forum here for us to discuss this lecture.



Aquinas and Trent: Part 1

Mar 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Featured Articles

One of the most fundamental points of disagreement between Protestants and the Catholic Church, and one that presently keeps us divided, was the subject of the sixth session of the Council of Trent. This session addressed the doctrine of justification. Some Protestants believe that in this session the Catholic Church “anathematized the gospel” and formally […]