Category Archives: Augustine

Augustine Contra Aristotle: The Stimulus for Martin Luther’s Vision for Reform

It is often believed, especially among Roman Catholics, that Martin Luther, and the Reformation that he inspired, set in opposition the individual’s conscience and interpretation of Scripture against the authority of the Catholic Church. Who did Luther think he was, … Continue reading

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Undivided in Being and Act: Karl Barth on the Inseparable Operations of the Trinity

As a prelude to what I plan to post for Good Friday, I would like to offer Karl Barth’s summary of what St. Augustine called the orthodox faith of the catholic [universal] church, namely, that as the being of the Triune … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Pope Francis: God Forgives Those Who Follow Their Conscience (Even Atheists Who Reject Christ)

Pope Francis has the reputation of being someone who would rather embrace than argue, who would rather feel than think, who would rather love people than theologize, who would rather dialogue than debate. Although I view these as false dichotomies, they certainly … Continue reading

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Reforming Calvinism, pt. 15.1: Irresistible Grace (Critique)

With this entry in my series on Reforming Calvinism, I begin with my Evangelical Calvinist treatment of the “I” in TULIP which stands for “Irresistible Grace”. Consistent with my approach thus far, I will first refer to and then offer a … Continue reading

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Reforming Calvinism, pt. 10.2: Limited Atonement (Critique)

In the second half of this tenth entry in my series on Reforming Calvinism, I continue my critique of the traditional understanding of the third element of TULIP, the doctrine of ‘limited atonement’. In the first half of my critique, I observed that the … Continue reading

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Reforming Calvinism: Total Depravity (Addendum)

Before moving forward in my series Reforming Calvinism to the atonement, I would like to briefly revisit my Evangelical Calvinist revision of ‘total depravity’ to add a few important thoughts. I am doing this because I always aim to learn new things and refine … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Election of Christ

In my series Reforming Calvinism, I have been proposing ways in which the five points of Calvinism (TULIP) can be brought into greater harmony with Scripture. In recent entries, I have been specifically addressing the doctrine of ‘unconditional election’, proposing corrections … Continue reading

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Augustine, Aaron’s Beard, and Psalm 133

For a bit of biblical reflection on this Sunday, I thought that I would quote a great passage from St. Augustine’s exposition of Psalm 133:6, specifically with reference to Aaron’s beard: Let the Psalm tell us what [the brethren who … Continue reading

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