Theology

Is there a Dabney – d’Aubigné connection?

Was Robert Lewis Dabney a descendant of the Huguenot Théodore-Agrippa d’Aubigné? I had once heard that the surname “Dabney” of Robert Lewis Dabney (1820 – 1898), a leading American Southern Presbyterian pastor and theologian, came from the Huguenot family d’Aubigné. That is, “Dabney” would be an Anglicized version of “d’Aubigné.” One of the most well-known of …

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Geneva Lecture 1: What is Religion? – On the Importance of Definitions

[This summer I’ll be giving three lectures and a speech at the Summer Studies in Christian Thought program at the Geneva Institute for Christian Thought in Elizabethton, Tennessee. (http://genevainstitute.org) If you are a junior or senior in high school or are in college, I recommend you check out the program and contact the institute if …

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Audio of the Panel Discussion at the 2018 Gordon H. Clark Philosophy Symposium

https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47182010432 Thanks to Rev. Dr. Charles Roberts of Reedy River Presbyterian Church for uploading this audio of the panel discussion from this morning (4/7/2018) at the Gordon H. Clark Philosophy Symposium. The panel consisted of myself, Dr. Bill Davis, and Dr. Bill Higgins and was moderated by Dr. John Wingard. I failed to record audio …

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Review of "Demon Possession" by John L. Nevius

Demon Possession, John L. Nevius, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1894, 8th edition Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1968. 367 pp. John L. Nevius, a Christian missionary whose writing is of a cultured and educated style, begins his book on Demon Possession by noting: “I brought with me to China [in 1854] a strong conviction that …

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Review of "Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer"

Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, ed. Lane T. Dennis, Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1985, 264 pp. In about the year 2009 I met a man at my church who was a philosophy professor at the University of Texas. Interested in his course on “Christian Philosophy” I asked him for  a copy of his syllabus. Receiving the …

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Review of "Hell on Trial" by Robert A. Peterson

Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment by Robert A. Peterson, Forewords by John F. MacArthur, Jr. & David F. Wells, P&R, 1995, 258 pp. I found the first few chapters of Robert A. Peterson’s Hell on Trail  to be rather uninteresting but perhaps valuable as a reference to interpretations of various Biblical passages relating …

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Who teaches American Presbyterian history? (and what books do they assign?)

I was curious to know what courses the various Reformed seminaries teach on American Presbyterian history. And so I have canvassed some of them and found the following information: Covenant Theological Seminary The closest course CTS offers is “Reformation and Modern Church History.” It is taught by Dr. Dan Doriani. He tells me that they …

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Review of "Race Over Grace" by Charles H. Roberts

Race Over Grace, The Racialist Religion of the Christian Identity Movement, by Charles H. Roberts, iUniverse, 2002, 109 pp. I’ve long had a fascination with oddities. I frequently read about cryptozoology, ooparts, and the JFK assassination conspiracy theories. More recently I’ve been following the blog of Jason Colavito, a critical skeptic of the ancient aliens literature …

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Low, High, and In Between – Confessional Subscription and the Clark – Van Til Controversy

https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=324181454112 Low, High, and In Between – Confessional Subscription and the Clark – Van Til Controversy by Douglas J. Douma Speech given on March 24, 2017 at Reedy River Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC Introduction The intent of my speech today is to argue for the necessity and sufficiency of the Westminster Standards as the bounds …

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Review of "The Philosophy of The Christian Curriculum" by Rousas J. Rushdoony

The Philosophy of The Christian Curriculum by Rousas J. Rushdoony, Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1981, reprinted 2001, 190 pp. In a book that essentially amounts to an extended quotation of Cornelius Van Til, the message of The Philosophy of The Christian Curriculum is clear: Secular BAAAAD . . . Christian GOOOOOD. Though the book …

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Three David Steele's in American Church History.

One of my greatest interests is church history, particularly American Presbyterian church history. In my readings of such I’ve come across the name “David Steele” a number of times. But the widely diverse historical times and geographical locations mentioned in these references brought me to suppose that there was more than one individual by that …

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Review of "Can The Presbyterian Church In America be saved?" by Sean Gerety

Can The Presbyterian Church In America be saved? by Sean Gerety, Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2009, 158 pp. Sean Gerety’s Can The Presbyterian Church In America by saved? is an excellent study on the problem of the heresy of the Federal Vision, its root causes, and its effects on the PCA. Although I read …

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Review of "Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God" by J. I. Packer

Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer, InterVarsity Press, 1961 [reformatted 1991], 126 pp. In Chapter I “The Sovereignty of God,” J. I. Packer writes to Arminians that “you know” and “you believe this already” referring to the sovereignty of God. That is, Arminians do not credit themselves with their own salvation [even …

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Review of "Before Jerusalem Fell" by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr.

Before Jerusalem Fell, Dating the Book of Revelation, An Exegetical and Historical Argument for a Pre-A.D. 70 Composition, by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr., Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1989, 418 pp. As the author of this book Kenneth L. Gentry notes, the debate over the dating of the book of Revelation is ultimately between …

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GPTS Conference 2018

This is the second year that I’ve attended the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS) conference. It is held at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, a large and rather dashing church in Greenville, SC. My current church is a financial supporter of GPTS and it is the seminary I would most likely recommend to prospective ministry students. GPTS, …

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Which preacher has the most sermons on SermonAudio?

I thought of this question, “Which preacher has the most sermons on Sermonaudio.com?” after noticing that Dr. Joe Morecraft had over 2,000 sermons posted there. So is there anyone who has more than him? I don’t believe there is a way to sort by number of sermons, so we might just look up some prominent …

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Notes on Rosaria Butterfield's speech in Charlotte, NC

My wife and I went to hear Rosaria Champagne Butterfield speak at Christ Covenant Church in Charlotte, NC this morning (Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018). I had never read any of her books nor heard her speak before, but I did have some idea of the general outline of her story. At the book tables following …

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Calvin, "Calvinists," and the Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart

There are at least three key passages in Calvin’s Institutes where he gives his view on the matter of the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. In these passages Calvin rejects the explanation that such hardening is merely by the “permission” of God. The permission view rejected by Calvin, however, has been taken up by some modern …

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Some pamphlets written by Johannes G. Vos

Johannes G. Vos (1903-1983), one of three sons of theologian Geerhardus Vos, was the founder of the journal Blue Banner Faith and Life and was for many years (1954-1973) a professor at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. I recently acquired eight short pamphlets, seven of which were written by Johannes G. Vos. Here are some notes …

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A Review of "Letters of A. W. Pink, During the Period 1924-1951"

Letters of A. W. Pink, During the Period 1924-1951, Banner of Truth Trust, 1978, 135 pp. For those who don’t know anything about A. W. Pink (1886-1952), I might note briefly that he was a Christian minister who largely left preaching to take up a writing ministry –  a newsletter he founded called Studies in the …

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From Hodge to hodge-podge, A Review of "Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture"

Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture, by James H. Moorhead, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI. 2012. 548 pp. While I must disagree with and vehemently oppose the theological perspective of James Moorhead as evidenced in Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture, I believe he has here written an excellent book. For those, like …

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Was there any person who attended both the Synod of Dort (1618-1619) and the Westminster Assembly (1643-1653)?

Did anyone attend both the Synod of Dort (1618-1619) and the Westminster Assembly (1643-1653), the two most important councils of the Reformation? If so, the likely place to look is among the Englishmen who attended the Synod of Dort. That is because, while the Synod of Dort included individuals from the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and …

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