Calvin Dissing the Fathers

                    In an earlier blog posting “Plucking the TULIP,” I marshaled an array of patristic citations showing that a wide range of early church fathers affirmed human free will: Irenaeus of Lyons, Cyril of Jerusalem, John of Damascus, John of the Ladder, Gregory of Nyssa et al.  I did this to show that the theological consensus of the early Church refuted the Calvinist…

John Calvin on Incense

  Protestant visitors to the Orthodox Liturgy are often surprised by the abundance of images in the sanctuary.  Where Orthodox churches have icons all over, Reformed churches shun icons having only bare walls.  Another surprise for the Protestant visitor is the smell of incense when the priest comes out swinging his censer.  Aside from the smell of the ink on the bulletin or from the bible in their hands Protestant churches are…

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…

In Defense of “Plucking the TULIP”: A Response to Jacob Aitken

  On 8 August 2013, Jacob Aitken, the administrator for Reformed Principia aka Bayou Huguenot aka Outlaw Presbyterianism, posted what he claims to be a rebuttal of my article: “Plucking the TULIP: Part I.”  PDF file. See Aitken’s Responding to Orthodox Bridge: Part One.  Below is my response to him.   TULIP = Calvinism? Jacob Aitken writes: Arakaki identifies Calvinism with TULIP with Predestination.  In doing so he is operating off of the…

An Eastern Orthodox Critique of Mercersburg Theology

  Mercersburg Theology’s High Church Calvinism: A Dead End? In recent years a renewed interest in Mercersburg Theology has emerged among Calvinists.  This can be seen by Keith Mathison’s Given For You: Reclaiming Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper (2002), W. Bradford Littlejohn’s The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity (2009) and Jonathan G. Bonomo’s Incarnation and Sacrament: The Eucharistic Controversy between Charles Hodge and John Williamson Nevin (2010). See also…