Where’s the Beauty? The Absence of Art in Reformed Theology

The Tipsy Teetotaler in a recent blog posting “Calvinist Concessions galore” featured Fuller Seminary professor William Dyrness‘ comments about the relation of arts to Reformed theology.  One striking feature of Reformed Christianity is its puritanical austerity, especially with respect to the visual arts.  That is why stained glass images like the one featured here are so striking.  (Actually, it’s in the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington D.C.)  So rarely are…

Orthodox Teenager Rebuts Pastor Doug Wilson

KabaneTheChristian, aka Tommy Hamilton, refutes Pastor Doug Wilson’s 13 June 2011 podcast: “Is the Orthodox Church the Only True Church?” Kabane’s rebuttal is remarkable in light of the fact that he has done his research and carefully thought through the issues.  Kabane is a young Orthodox apologist in more ways than one.  He is apparently still in high school, and he converted to Orthodoxy about two years ago.  What is striking about…

Book Review: The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity

The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity.   By W. Bradford Littlejohn In recent years there has been a growing interest in Mercersburg Theology among young Reformed scholars.  Why the interest in a “dinky little German seminary, and its two underpaid and unrenowned teachers”? (p. 170)  The answer lies in the growing pained awareness of modern Protestantism’s dysfunctional and fractured state.  W. Bradford Littlejohn found in Mercersburg Theology a corrective…

Nicodemus Calls On Pastor Wilson To Get His Facts Straight

A Response by “Nicodemus” to Pastor Doug Wilson PART I:     Pastor Doug Wilson’s   23 September 2011 blog posting “With Whoops and Happy Yells: Theology – Roman or Catholic?” A few folks brought my attention to this, and I thought it would be good if I offered a brief response. I had answered a question about Eastern Orthodoxy for a CanonWIRED clip, and this was posted by a gent named Nicodemus as a…

A Calvinist Who Crossed Over to Orthodoxy

Journey to Orthodoxy just uploaded a very interesting interview with Fr. Josiah Trenham who grew up in the Reformed tradition then later converted to Orthodoxy. Fr. Josiah grew up in the Presbyterian tradition and claims one of the Mayflower Puritans as an ancestor.  He did his undergraduate studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.  His senior thesis was on Jonathan Edwards.  From there he went to Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson,…

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.’…