Category Archives: Scholasticism

Mediatorial Kingdom: A Tip for subordinationists

Subordination:  talk of Christ’s subordination referred to his mediatorial kingdom, when he handed it over to the Father (115). Richard Muller, Post Reformation Reformed Dogmatics.  Triunity of God. Advertisements

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Turretin volume 3

And so ends one of the two greatest works of Christian dogmatics. Turretin covers a number of issues that were existentially pressing for Protestants in the 17th century, both concerning salvation and persecution. From surveying the topics concerning the Church, … Continue reading

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Notes on Wyclif from O’Donovan.

A running series of notes I’ve made on John Wyclif over the past decade, with help from Oliver O’Donovan. From his talk “The Human Person, Economics, and Catholic Social Thought” On the term “communication.” His view of lordship does not … Continue reading

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Notes on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on grace

Obviously, this is not a full endorsement. Can we know God without grace? The act of the intellect depends upon God in two ways: it has its form by which it acts from God Preparing the human will The preparation … Continue reading

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Outline Thomas Aquinas Treatise on Law

Question 90: Of the essence of law law is a rule and measure of acts The principal and object in practical matters is the last end, beatitude. Question 91: Of the various kinds of law There is an eternal law. … Continue reading

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McCormack on Thomas on Justification

From Bruce McCormack’s essay “What’s at Stake in the Current Debate?” I do not intend this as a “refutation” of Thomas, nor is this McCormack’s larger goal in his essay.  Thomas is simply too powerful a thinker to be refuted … Continue reading

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Outline Althusius Politica

Thesis 1: The rights of sovereignty are proper to the realm, not the magistrate (7). The general elements of politics Polity Politics is the art of associating men for the purpose of establishing, cultivating, and conserving social life. Althusius calls … Continue reading

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Two Types of Necessity

First, Scotus will say: He considers that human actions are the joint result of the causality of the human agents and God.  But God is not seen as a direct cause of the human will’s acts.  As the first in … Continue reading

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Turretin vol. 2, review

Turretin, Francis.  Institutes of Elenctic Theology vol 2. Hard to know where to start. Turretin is simply majestic. He was the greatest Reformed theologian of all time. Ideally, this review would give an indepth analysis of all of Turretin’s key … Continue reading

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Spiritual Desertion (Voetius)

We are glad to see Voetius’s writings being translated into English for the first time (not sure why it took 300 years, though). In this work Voetius and Hornbeek explore the reasons God appears to sometimes desert His children. The … Continue reading

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