Response to Robin Phillips “Questions About St. Irenaeus and Apostolic Succession”

On April 1, 2011, there appeared on Robin’s Readings and Reflections an interesting and important posting: “Questions About St. Irenaeus and Apostolic Succession” by Robin Phillips.  I have reposted Phillips’ article as is followed by my response. Robin Phillips writes: Between now and June 24 I am finished up a book for Canon Press about different heroes of the faith. The publishers kindly gave me an extra year to allow me time…

A Retrospective View — Concession and Challenge

After close to 100 days of blogging, I would like offer some perspectives on this blog site. Some readers have drawn attention to (rightly) my lack of exhaustive scholarly mastery of Reformed writers! 🙂 There is no doubt about it, and I have never tried to present myself as an expert on Reformed theology — though some seem to have assumed it of me. No, the intent of this blog is NOT my…

Response to Robin Phillips’ “Questions About Sola Scriptura”

On April 29, 2011, Robin Phillips posted: “Questions About Sola Scriptura” on his blog: Robin’s Readings and Reflections.  What is so striking about Phillips’ comments is that he brings to light the internal inconsistencies within sola scriptura.  This presents an opportunity to show that Orthodoxy provides a more coherent and compelling alternative.  I would like to thank him for inviting me to respond to his blog posting.   Synopsis of Robin Phillips’…

Book Review: Incarnation and Sacrament

Incarnation and Sacrament: The Eucharistic Controversy between Charles Hodge and John Williamson Nevin.  By Jonathan G. Bonomo In 2010, Jonathan Bonomo published his Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary M.A. thesis under the title: Incarnation and Sacrament.  The book’s small size (135 pages including references) belies its significance for Reformed theology and interfaith dialogue with Eastern Orthodoxy.  A number of well known Reformed theologians spoke highly of the book: Gabriel Fackre, Michael Horton, Peter Leithart,…

Reformed Church or Reinvented Church?

  Today’s posting is by Michael Bressem, Ph.D.  Michael studied theology at a Reformed seminary, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.  Welcome Michael! According to the Oxford Dictionary, to reform means: “to make better by the removal of faults and errors.” Martin Luther famously started this process by the posting of “The Ninety-Five Theses” (1517)—a disputation against clerical abuses, especially the sale of indulgences. However, the Protestant reformers were not content merely to “correct”…

The Biblical Basis For Icons

In recent years there has been a growing interest among Evangelicals and Reformed Christians in Eastern Orthodoxy.  However, one of the major stumbling blocks for many is the use of icons in Orthodox worship.  The use of icons seems to violate the injunction against graven images found in the Ten Commandments.  Moreover, there seems to be a dearth of biblical texts pointing to the use of icons in the New Testament.  For…

Contra Sola Scriptura (Part 3 of 4)

Where Does Sola Scriptura Come From? The Humanist Origins of the Protestant Reformation   Evangelicalism is facing a crisis as growing numbers of Evangelicals convert to Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy.  One reason is the crisis of sola scriptura — Scripture alone.  Scott Hahn, a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and later a professor at a small Presbyterian seminary, tells the story how he was floored by the question: “Professor, where does the…