The Curious Case of St. John Cassian

St. John Cassian, in his 75 year life lived at the turn of the fifth century, interacted with every major Christian figure of the Patristic Age, founded monasticism in the West, laid the theological foundation for the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, wrote the papal brief for the position of the Roman See at the Third Ecumenical Council, and wrote the most read work‚Ķ

An 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‚Ķ

The “Biblical” Argument for Abortion

A fellow pro-life friend of mine recently sent me a post by the theologically and politically liberal Christian writer Fred “Slactivist” Clark in favor of abortion titled The ‚Äėbiblical view‚Äô that‚Äôs younger than the Happy Meal. It begins this way: In 1979, McDonald‚Äôs introduced the Happy Meal. Sometime after that, it was decided that the Bible teaches that human life begins at‚Ķ

We’re All Children Now – A Response to Bledsoe (and Leithart) on Orthodoxy

Peter Leithart (a minister in the PCA, author of multiple books on theology, literature, etc.) has recently re-blogged some thoughts from a counterpart in the “Federal Vision” movement, Rich Bledsoe. These thoughts were directed towards both Roman Catholicism and the Eastern Orthodox Church. For those unaware (likely the vast majority of you), the “Federal Vision” is¬†a theological movement within present-day Reformed Presbyterianism,‚Ķ

Ecclesiological Darwinism: Reformed Catholicity’s Denial of the Foundation of the Reformation

It has always been one of the central claims of the Protestant Reformation that what was being reformed was a distortion of Christian life. The foundational narrative of the Reformation has always been precisely one of return, which is why the watchwords ad fontes (“to the sources”) rang with such power. With an embrace of sola scriptura, it was believed the Protestant‚Ķ

No True Scotsman does Church History Polemics

One of the criticisms of Orthodoxy’s understanding of its own history (not to mention, Roman Catholicism’s) is that there really is no unbroken Christian tradition of anything at all, that Church history is really just about multiple movements, doctrines and practices that cannot coherently be traced back to the Apostles. This is essentially one version of the historiography of the anti-ecclesiologists. If‚Ķ