A few Sundays ago we completed multi-week study on the history and theology of the Reformation in our college and young adult fellowship class. Below are the books I used and recommend for your own study of the Reformation. Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God by Carl Trueman - According to Trueman, the … Continue reading Book Notes – March 2018 (On the Reformation)
Almost immediately following Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, the church found herself subject to infiltration by heretics and false doctrine. While these heresies did not focus exclusively on the person of Christ, most of them did, and early Christian theologians labored to respond to these challenges in order to articulate a logically coherent, biblically faithful … Continue reading Christology from Nicea to Chalcedon: A Brief History
How familiar are you with the Trinity? I’m not asking whether you believe that God is Triune. I’m asking how often you ponder and delight in the reality that your Creator and Savior is One God in three Persons. For many of us, the doctrine of the Trinity appears too lofty and complex for us … Continue reading Reacquaint Yourself with the Trinity
It is sometimes argued by evangelical non-inerrantists that the doctrine of inerrancy is a recent theological innovation that finds little to no precedent in the church. The early church fathers, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Bavink, and Kuyper, they claim, all held to a view of Scripture that was far different than what inerrantists advance today. Furthermore, it isn't until we … Continue reading Is Inerrancy a Recent Theological Invention?
As I noted briefly in the last two articles, the church has always, generally speaking, held to the idea of an error-free Bible. This was true during the early church, the middle ages, and the Reformation. In the early 1600s, however, significant changes began to take shape in Western intellectual culture. Developments in philosophy would dislodge Christian … Continue reading Inerrancy and Church History: The Post-Reformation and Modern Period
Both Martin Luther and John Calvin spoke often of their view of Scripture. Luther’s understanding of biblical inerrancy, like his predecessors (in the early church and middle ages), grew from his belief in the divine inspiration of Scripture. As Lutheran historian Robert Preus summarizes, “Luther’s notion of biblical infallibility arose from his firm belief that … Continue reading Inerrancy and Church History: Calvin and Luther
Since 1978 and the release of Rogers and McKim's massive The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible, it has been a strategy among evangelicals who dislike the doctrine of inerrancy to suggest that the doctrine itself has a recent origin. Why some evangelical non-inerrantists continue to hold this line is baffling, however, for it is widely … Continue reading Inerrancy and Church History: The Early Fathers