Clearing the Way for Reformed-Orthodox Dialogue on Icons

  Book Review: Early Christian Attitudes toward Images by Steven Bigham (1 of 4) In recent years icons have become a matter of public debate among Protestants and Evangelicals, and Orthodox Christians.  Where in the past Protestants thought of icons as an Orthodox peculiarity or a quaint dispute quickly passed over in church history class, they are coming to grips with the fact that icons present a serious theological challenge to their…

Book Review: Saints and Scoundrels by Robin Phillips

 [Revised 7 November 2012] It is a distressing fact that many Protestants nowadays are ignorant or indifferent about church history.  This mindset is dangerous on several levels.  One, it in effect denies God’s role as the Creator and Sustainer of his creation.  Two, it denies that there is a moral dimension to history.  Three, it implicitly denies that God is at work redemptively giving human history purpose and meaning.  And four, it…

Response to Michael Horton

Response to Michael Horton — Are Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism Compatible?   NO   In this blog posting I will be responding to Pastor Michael Horton’s chapter in Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism “Are Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism Compatible?   NO.” Pastor Michael Horton is a prominent leader among Reformed Christians.  His position is that Eastern Orthodoxy and the Reformed faith are incompatible. Horton divides his essay into two parts: Range of…

Review: Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism

THREE VIEWS ON EASTERN ORTHODOXY AND EVANGELICALISM     General Editor: James J. Stamoolis Contributors: Bradley Nassif, Michael Horton, Vladimir Berzonsky, George Hancock-Stefan, and Edward Rommen Among the more important developments in the Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue is: Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism.  The book was written by authors who are acquainted with each other’s faith traditions and are seeking to discuss the commonalities and differences between two quite different expressions of…

Book Review: Light from the Christian East

Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition.   By James R. Payton When a Reformed Christian or an Evangelical joins the Orthodox Church, the first reaction of many friends and family is: What is the Orthodox Church?  They need a book that can help them understand what Eastern Orthodoxy believes and how it differs from Protestantism.  James Payton’s Light from the Christian East (2007) was written for that purpose.…

Book Review: Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom

Tell me the history of the church and I can tell you your theology. Church history is not neutral but is shaped by our theological beliefs.  This is especially the case with Emperor Constantine: to many Evangelicals and Anabaptists Constantine was the arch villain who caused the early Church to fall from its apostolic purity, to mainstream Protestants and Roman Catholics Constantine was a pivotal historical figure who made Christianity into a…

Book Review: The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity

The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity.   By W. Bradford Littlejohn In recent years there has been a growing interest in Mercersburg Theology among young Reformed scholars.  Why the interest in a “dinky little German seminary, and its two underpaid and unrenowned teachers”? (p. 170)  The answer lies in the growing pained awareness of modern Protestantism’s dysfunctional and fractured state.  W. Bradford Littlejohn found in Mercersburg Theology a corrective…