A Protestant Exodus? – My Response to Peter Leithart

  In Rev. Peter Leithart’s recent column for First Things: “The tragedy of conversion” (7 October 2013), he describes as tragic Protestants who acquired the taste for “catholicity and unity” and instead of remaining Protestant go so far as to convert to the Orthodox Church or to Rome.  This is a crisis affecting Protestantism in general and the Federal Vision movement in particular.  The New York Times published an article in 2009…

Are Conversions to Orthodoxy Tragic? A Response to Leithart

Folks,   Today’s posting contains Gabe Martini’s excellent response to Peter Leithart.  I will be uploading my response to Rev. Leithart shortly.  Robert   Are conversions to Orthodoxy tragic? This is a continuing notion from Leithart and other, similar Protestants, who have adopted certain aspects of the Catholic tradition while refusing to adopt the fullness of the Body of Christ. This it not to say (at all) that Dr. Leithart is not a Christian,…

Geneva Bible and the City on a Hill

  Part 2 of 4. Parts 1,  3, and  4. One striking feature about the recent promotions of the Geneva Bible is the reworking of church history.  They depict a tyrannical King James who oppressed freedom loving Puritans and how the Geneva Bible played a pivotal role in the emergence of democracy in America, but history is more complicated than that.   The website for Studylight.org claims: The notes also infuriated King James, since they…

Geneva Bible and Sola Scriptura

The recent Reformed resurgence has given rise to a renewed interest in the Geneva Bible.  Many people associate Protestantism with the King James Version (KJV), but the neo-Reformed enthusiasts look down on the KJV which was produced under the sponsorship of King James and the Church of England.  They prefer instead the Geneva Bible that the Puritans and Pilgrims brought to the New World.  For them the Geneva Bible represents the truer Reformed understanding of…

Drop The Filioque .Com

September 1st marks the launch of a new site: Dropthefilioque.com.  This web site was created by a group of Orthodox Christians who want to respond to overtures by Roman Catholics seeking the reunification of Roman Catholicism with Eastern Orthodoxy. One major impediment to reunification is the Filioque clause in the Nicene Creed.  The original version of the Nicene Creed confessed: And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of Life, Who…

Eusebius and Christian Images

Book Review: Early Christian Attitudes toward Images by Steven Bigham (4 of 4) This blog posting is a continuation of three earlier reviews of Father Steven Bigham’s book.  In this posting I will be reviewing and interacting with Chapter 4: “Eusebius of Caesarea and Christian Images.” The Importance of Eusebius Eusebius is famous for his Church History (Historia Ecclesiastica) which chronicles the history of Christianity from the time of Jesus to Constantine’s…

Christian Images Before Constantine

  Book Review: Early Christian Attitudes toward Images by Steven Bigham (3 of 4)   This blog posting is a continuation of my earlier reviews of Father Steven Bigham’s book.  Chapter 1 & Chapter 2. In this posting I will be reviewing and interacting with Chapter 3: “The Early Christians and Images.” New Testament Evidence Bigham notes that the New Testament is totally silent with respect to Christian or non-idolatrous images (p. 81).  This silence can…