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.  …

Contra Sola Scriptura (Part 2 of 4)

IF NOT SOLA SCRIPTURA THEN WHAT? The Biblical Basis for Holy Tradition Note: This posting is based upon a paper I wrote in 2001.  It was written to a broad audience: conservative Protestants and Evangelicals.  All Scripture citations are from the NIV, unless noted otherwise. Sola scriptura “the Bible alone” — one of the foundational tenets of Protestantism — is undergoing serious challenge in recent times as growing numbers of Evangelicals abandon this…

Contra Sola Scriptura (1 of 4)

Book Review: The Shape of Sola Scriptura. By Keith A. Mathison.  (2001) Keith Mathison’s book The Shape of Sola Scriptura is an apologia for the classic Protestant dogma of sola scriptura (the Bible alone).  The book is timely because in recent years a growing number of Protestants have become Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox.  Many of these former Protestants left because of a theological crisis, including the loss of confidence in sola…

This is a Test

This posting is a test to see if the new subscription feature works.  <posted 12:45 pm HST — 2 June 2011>     <updated 9:45 pm HST> <updated 10:00 am HST — 3 June 2011>

Book Review: Through Western Eyes

Through Western Eyes: Eastern Orthodoxy: A Reformed Perspective By Robert Letham The growing awareness of Eastern Orthodoxy among Evangelicals has resulted in a number of books giving an overview of Eastern Orthodoxy.  Among them is Robert Letham’s Through Western Eyes (2007).  Pastor Letham is a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and has taught at several well known Reformed seminaries. Through Western Eyes has three main sections.  The first consists of a…

My Posting Policy

Gavin asked a very important question about this blog.  I decided to turn his question into a blog posting. Hey Robert, I found your blog through a friend’s facebook link.  Looks interesting.  Just curious: since your blog is “intended to serve as a meeting place where Calvinists and Orthodox can dialogue, ask questions, exchange opinions, and debate matters of faith in a civil manner,” will you be having Calvinists or evangelicals posting…

Doug Wilson on Eastern Orthodoxy

Doug Wilson is pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho.  He is a Reformed theologian and serves on the faculty of New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. Podcasts 1 and 2 were uploaded June 3, 2010 by CanonWired, a ministry of Canon Press. Ask Doug: Eastern Orthodoxy Part I Gabe Rench: We have a question that came in regarding Eastern Orthodoxy.  What is the Reformed response to Eastern Orthodoxy? Doug Wilson:…