Response to Robin Phillips — "Are Calvinists Also Among the Gnostics?"

On 29 March 2011, Robin Phillips posted an intriguing and disturbing article, “Are Calvinists Also Among the Gnostics?” in which he discussed the tendency to Gnosticism in Reformed theology.  More recently in December 2011, he posted, “A Critical Absence of the Divine: How a ‘Zero-Sum’ Theology Destroys Sacred Space” in which he discussed how this Gnostic tendency has impacted Reformed worship and church architecture.   This is not just Phillips’ own interpretation…

March for Life & Great Tradition

  March For Life Monday Monday, January 23 is March for Life Monday.  It is an annual rally in protest of the US Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion in America.  It began in 1974 with an estimated 20,000 in attendance.  Since then March for Life has grown in size over the years to over 200,000 in recent years. March for Life brings together people from the Roman Catholic, Protestant,…

Orthodox Phenomenology

  2011 © Michael Bressem, Ph.D. A Reformed Christian man and an Orthodox Christian woman are looking at an icon together of the Baptism of Christ called, “The Theophany.” The Reformed Christian states, “I have read about this icon and so I think I understand it. The dove represents the Holy Spirit and the ray of light from above represents God’s declaration: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with Whom I am well pleased.’…

Calvin Versus The Icon: Was John Calvin Wrong?

One of the most striking differences between Orthodox and Protestant worship is icons.  When one enters an Orthodox church one encounters a profusion of images.  One sees the icon of Jesus Christ the Word made flesh.  One also sees an icon of the Virgin Mary, icons of the angels, and icons of the saints.  On the other hand, when one enters a Protestant church one sees an austere absence of images.  …

Ligonier Ministries on Eastern Orthodoxy

After years of obscurity on the American religious landscape, Eastern Orthodoxy is beginning to catch the attention to Evangelical leaders.  In 2004, Ligonier Ministries sponsored a national conference “A Portrait of God” which featured: J. Ligon Duncan III, R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur.  At one of the Q&A sessions, the moderator noted that he had received several questions about Eastern Orthodoxy. It is unfortunate that these well known Reformed theologians made erroneous…