Irenaeus of Lyons: Contending for the Faith Once Delivered

Today’s posting was originally published in Again Magazine. St. Irenaeus is considered by many to be the greatest Christian theologian of the second century.  Irenaeus is well known for Against the Heretics — a theological classic in which he defended the Christian Faith against the heresy of Gnosticism.  He was a third generation Christian, a disciple of Polycarp, the disciple of the Apostle John.  He was born between 130 to 140 and…

Work In Progress

Dear Folks, I’m still working on Plucking the TULIP (2). Your patience is very much appreciated. Robert

Plucking the TULIP (1) – An Orthodox Critique of the Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  The doctrine of double predestination is the hallmark of John Calvin and Reformed theology. (#1)  It is the belief that just as God predestined his elect to eternal life in Christ, he likewise predestined (reprobated) the rest to hell.   With blunt frankness Calvin wrote: We call predestination God’s eternal decree, which he compacted with himself what he willed to become of each man.  For all are not created in equal…

Why We Need an All-English Liturgy

  In 2007, Christianity Today published an article, “Will the Twenty First Century be the Orthodox Century?”  In it Bradley Nassif argued that Orthodoxy will indeed grow and expand in this coming century.  But in an Again Magazine article, “The Orthodox Christian Opportunity,” Nassif noted although many people are converting to Orthodoxy, significant numbers of these converts are also leaving through the backdoor discouraged and disenchanted.  Much of the reasons for their…

Why I Did Not Become Roman Catholic — A Sort of Response to Jason Stellman

I recently read Jason Stellman’s explanation for why he decided to head towards Rome.  As I read through his “I Fought the Church, and the Church Won” I was struck by the absence of any mention of the Eastern Orthodox Church.  It is as if he had no awareness of the other major non-Protestant option – the Eastern Orthodox Church. Rather than critique Stellman’s reasons for becoming Catholic, I will be describing…

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…

Tradition: Family, Friend, or Foe?

Contributed by “Nicodemus” Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes,our ancestors.   It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.  Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.  The Vindication of Tradition, Jaroslav Pelikan First, let us establish Orthodoxy’s…