Heidelcontest: First Person To Answer This Question Wins A Free Copy Of On Being Reformed (UPDATED)

Thanks to the generosity of Crawford Gribben (who organized the project and did the thankless work of herding cats), we have a copy of On Being Reformed: Debates Over A Theological Identity to give away. Be the first person to call the Heidelphone at (760) 618–1563 and answer this question correctly and you win a free copy of On Being Reformed. When you call, give your answer, your name, and your surface (mailing) address, your email address and Crawford will send you a copy of the book. One caveat: if you win the book, you must read it. I will expect a brief note on the book in the comments under this post.

In which question of the Heidelberg Catechism did the Reformed church assert infant baptism?

Stay tuned to the HB and I’ll post an update when we have a winner.

Thanks for playing.

We have a winner! Congratulations to John Whitt in Gig Harbor, WA. He was the first to call the Heidelphone with the correct answer (Heidelberg Catechism 74). 

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    • Daniel,

      It is very expensive. I didn’t know that it would be so expensive but one shouldn’t assume that we can simply phone a publisher and tell them to publish a book. It doesn’t work that way (at least not in my experience). Publishers take projects they think they can sell. To make money they have to print and sell a certain number of units. A project like this might not work under such a scheme. As I explained earlier:


      it’s an academic publisher. They do limited runs of niche books for libraries. We talked to different publishers and they were willing to do it. You can get it through a library for very little.

  1. Thanks for posting this edition of the Heidelberg Catechism and I’m looking forward to the John Witt’s published review of the prize – Debates Over a Theological Identity. After studying your blog for almost a year, listening to two series of Heidelcasts and reading RRC it’s simple, the only identity is of God’s choosing.

  2. I just couldn’t resist getting this book, and I’m glad I did because it consolidates so much of what has been posted and discussed on the Heidelblog in the last few months. As Dr. Hart points out, Baptists are different. They differ on the core doctrines on the covenant of grace, and that is why they differ over baptism. Central to Reformed theology is the Abrahamic covenant promising that God would be a God to Abraham and his children in the faith, as an everlasting covenant, the new, covenant of grace that unites all of God’s people from Adam until the return of Christ, variously administered throughout redemptive history, ever since God promised to send a second Adam in the garden, to crush the head of Satan. Christ’s death and resurrection is the fulfilment of the Abrahamic promise of the Seed and it inaugurates the fulfilment of the promise to make Abraham a blessing, and the father of many nations. In contrast the Baptists see discontinuity, and two different people, under two different covenants. Yet they want to call themselves Reformed, even though they differ from the Reformed on the central Reformed distinctive.

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