Category Archives: john wyclif

The Promise and Challenge of Proto-Modern Politics

O’Donovan, Joan Lockwood.  Bonds of Imperfection. Question and Problem: What is the inner logic of liberal democracy? O’Donovan suggests that it stems from a specific anthropology (138). More, it is an ‘economic anthropology,’ but not economics in the sense of mere … Continue reading

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John Wyclif: Scriptural Logic and Real Presence

Levy, Ian Christopher.  John Wyclif: Scriptural Logic, Real Presence, and the Parameters of Orthodoxy. Marquette University Press, 2003. John Wyclif is best known for his Bible translation, but what is often overlooked is the strong metaphysical realism that under girds … Continue reading

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Bonds of Imperfection (O’Donovan and O’Donovan)

O’Donovans, Oliver and Joan Lockwood. Bonds of Imperfection: Christian Politics Past and Present.  Eerdmans, 2007. I’ve read this book more than any other book over the past eleven years.  Each essays is a Master’s course in social ethics.  With all the … Continue reading

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John Wyclif: Myth and Reality

This biography of Wyclif had little to do with Wyclif himself.  It was mainly GR Evans’ parable about English university life and how she was shafted by her superiors  She doesn’t actually say that, but if you are aware of … Continue reading

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O’Donovan: Ways of Judgment

This is a review from a decade ago.  I was never persuaded that Oliver O’Donovan advocated Christendom.  I think that’s obvious for two reasons:  1) he specifically rejected the idea and 2) Desire of Nations was more along the lines of examining … Continue reading

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John Wyclif and Communication

  Starting 9:23.  O’Donovan’s notes: Lordship/Dominion.  Does not depend on property. Absolute property is possession of something without an attendant obligation. God’s own lordship was not owned by God’s keeping himself to himself.  God “lends” himself.  He can’t “give away,” … Continue reading

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