In this episode Dr Clark continues his series on the the Canons of Dort where we are looking at the Second Head of Doctrine of the Canons of Dort on the atonement. Rationalism is a word that gets tossed around rather casually at times. It is used without careful definition. E.g., sometimes Lutherans accuse the Reformed of rationalism because we do not accept their Christology or their doctrine of the Supper. They accuse us of putting reason above Scripture. Were that true, we would indeed be guilty of a form of rationalism but in fact the Reformed Churches confess an ecumenical, ancient, high, mysterious Christology and a mysterious doctrine of Holy Communion, in which God the Spirit is said to feed believers on the true body and blood of Christ. The Reformed confession may be wrong but it cannot be called rationalist. The Remonstrants, following Arminius, however, were guilty of a form of rationalism. They really did put reason above Scripture and in this episode Dr Clark explains how that happened, why, and what the effects were. The opening audio clip comes the recent PCA General Assembly courtesy of the Presbycast.
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