Category Archives: Five Solas

The Witness of Martin Luther to the Catholic Church of Today

As an introduction to this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Catholic Church, under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), prepared and published the following statement [full text here]: In 1517 Martin Luther raised … Continue reading

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An Ocean of Love Unspeakable: Martin Luther’s Rediscovery of Christ’s Centrality (Reformission Monday)

It is Martin Luther week here at Reformissio! Last week I had the privilege (and fulfillment of a long-time desire) to visit Wittenberg, the home of Martin Luther and the birthplace of the Reformation. Living in Europe has its perks, one … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Christology, Church history, Five Solas, Gospel, H.R. Mackintosh, Incarnation, Martin Luther, Mission & evangelism, Protestant theology, Protestantism, Reformation, Reforming Catholicism, Reformission, Roman Catholicism, Scholasticism, Theologia crucis | 2 Comments

Forgotten in the Dust: Martin Luther, Scripture, and the Insignificance of Theological Writing (Reformission Monday)

This past Friday I had the privilege and opportunity to debate Don Ermis Segatti, an eminent Catholic priest and professor of theology, on the topic of Martin Luther and the start of the Reformation. Although both of our presentations were well … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Five Solas, Martin Luther, Mission & evangelism, Protestant theology, Reformation, Reformission, Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Word of God

Post Tenebras Lux: After 500 Years, Can Reformation Finally Come to the Heart of Roman Catholicism?

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, that is a picture of Martin Luther posted on the right in front of a Catholic Church in Italy in remembrance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Don’t believe me? Here … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Ecumenism, Five Solas, Italian evangelicalism, Italian Reformation, Italy, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Personal, Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Francis, Protestantism, Reformation, Reforming Catholicism, Reformission, Roman Catholicism, Scripture

God’s Speech is His Act: On the Contemporaneity, Power, and Unicity of the Word of God (with reference to Karl Barth)

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host…For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. (Psalm 33:6, 9) In the beginning was … Continue reading

Posted in Five Solas, Karl Barth, Protestant theology, Reformation, Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Sovereignty of God, Word of God

The Continuity of the Faith: Irenaeus on Church Tradition and Apostolic Succession (and Why I, as a Protestant, Can Wholeheartedly Agree)

In this post, I would like to continue discussing the relation articulated by early church father Irenaeus of Lyons between Scripture, tradition, and church authority. The response to my first post on this topic (which you can read here) was to … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Critiques of Protestantism, Five Solas, Irenaeus, John Behr, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Protestant theology, Reformation, Roman Catholicism, Scripture, Sola Scriptura

“According to the Scriptures”: Irenaeus, the Word of God, and the Tradition of the Church

One of the common criticisms of sola Scriptura is that it has no support prior to the Reformation, especially in the early centuries of church history. Not only is sola Scriptura without patristic support, but (so it is claimed) it represents a total contradiction … Continue reading

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Sola Scriptura Does Not Mean Scripture Alone!

Prefatory note: The purpose of this post is not to delve into the “practical” side of the debate over sola Scriptura (i.e. Who determines proper interpretation? What about the thousands of Protestant denominations?). Nor does it intend to deal with claims about … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Confessions, Creeds, Critiques of Protestantism, Evangelical theology, Five Solas, John Calvin, Protestant theology, Protestantism, Reformation, Reformed theology, Richard Muller, Roman Catholicism, Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Word of God | 6 Comments

The Living Voice of God: John Calvin on the Supreme Authority of Holy Scripture

I have noted in the past that perhaps none of the five Solas constituting the heart of what Kevin Vanhoozer calls “mere Protestant Christianity” is as misunderstood (and for this reason as maligned) as sola Scriptura. Usually objections to this principle trade on … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Critiques of Protestantism, Evangelical theology, Five Solas, Holy Spirit, John Calvin, Protestant theology, Reformation, Reformed theology, Revelation, Richard Muller, Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Word of God

The Only Fountain of Salvation: Sola Scriptura and the Faith of the Early Church

One of the most common objections that I hear from Roman Catholics against the five solas of the Reformation, especially to sola Scriptura, is that these were complete novelties invented by the Protestant Reformers in blatant contradiction to the first centuries of church history. … Continue reading

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