Category: History/Church History

Why Church History? Our Future Contemporaries

Last year, I asked “Why Church History?”, and my answer was to point to the spiritual fellowship that we share across time. We look back, and we see a great crowd all bearing witness to one great Savior. This time,...

/ June 22, 2012

Variety of the Young Reformed — A Reply to D.G. Hart

D.G. Hart has given some feedback and pushback to Matt’s and my posts on Voluntarity and the Young Reformed.  Dr. Hart is not one to back away from the rough and tumble of electronic controversy, so I am glad to...

/ July 12, 2011

Dating Easter

Last Sunday was Easter. This year was a special year, in that the Eastern and Western churches celebrated it on the same date. Easter is a variable-date feast for both families of churches, but the range of possible dates under...

/ April 28, 2011

Samuel Rutherford on Remembering Christ’s Death

Well-beloved in the lord—You are not unacquainted with the day of our Communion. I entreat, therefore, the aid of your prayers for that great work, which is one of our feast days, wherein our well-beloved Jesus rejoiceth, and is merry...

/ April 22, 2011

Why Church History? – The Cloud of Witnesses and the Body of Christ

As you may know, I am trying to make a career out of church history and historical theology. It is a field not without honor, though it is often overshadowed by the other theological disciplines, as well as the more...

/ April 14, 2011

The “Great Apostasy” and Personalities (and Rob Bell)

The Great Apostasy is a common concept among Protestants. It comes in part from a true observation. If the old Catholics were not wrong, then we were wrong to break away. And we would need to repair that breach, and...

/ March 3, 2011

Literally?

Last week, Justin Taylor highlighted an article on the history of the interpretation of Genesis 1. I almost posted a rapid response, as the history of biblical interpretation is my big specialty. But I feared the appearance of posturing for...

/ February 24, 2011

Know Your Historical Evangelicals: Samuel Rutherford

Name: Samuel Rutherford Born: c. 1600, Nisbet, Scotland Died: March 20, 1661, St. Andrews, Scotland Bio: Samuel Rutherford was appointed minister in 1627 of the parish church of Anwoth, a village near Galloway in southwestern Scotland. He worked hard at...

/ February 12, 2011

Defending Constantine: A(nother) Giveaway

Along with Fred Sanders’ Deep Things of God, the prolific Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine is in the running for the most important book of 2010. There are few more maligned figures than Constantine.   The central critique is that he subordinated...

/ December 13, 2010

Christianity and Hellenism, Part 3 of 3: On Human Nature

One of the theological areas most likely to raise questions about the relationship between historical Christian teaching and Greek (especially Platonic) thought is that of human nature. Especially with regard to two related subjects:  the relationship between body and soul,...

/ December 11, 2010