Augustine’s Retractations, Perfectionism, And Fakespectations (2)

Secular institutions and even extra-ecclesiastical Christian institutions have always been, in their essence, law. The civil magistrate may exercise mercy—Calvin’s first published work was a commentary on Seneca’s De Clementia (On Clemency), Seneca’s defense of the virtue of mercy to Nero. When . . . Continue reading →

Augustine’s Retractations, Perfectionism, And Fakespectations (1)

For a long time I have been thinking about and planning to do something which I, with God’s assistance, I am now undertaking because I do not think it should be postponed: with a kind of judicial severity I am reviewing my . . . Continue reading →

Turretin On The Covenant Of Nature (6)

IX. Although natural liberty agrees in essentials with the liberty of man constituted in other states, still it differs greatly in accidentals. For the liberty of glory in blessedness is not to be able to sin (non posse peccare). The liberty of . . . Continue reading →

Augustine On Christ’s Present Reign

3. Therefore let the Church of Christ, the city of the great King, full of grace, prolific of offspring, let her say what the prophecy uttered about her so long before by the mouth of this pious mother confesses, “My heart is . . . Continue reading →

Augustine On The Hermeneutics Of Love

While Augustine argues that ‘there are two things on which all interpretation of Scripture depends: the mode of ascertaining the proper meaning and the mode of making known the meaning when it is ascertained,’ it should be evident that the first step . . . Continue reading →

Heidelberg 48: Making Some Sense Of The Republication Debate Pt 1: History

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Parts of the confessional Reformed world in North America are in the midst of a controversy over whether it is biblical, confessional, and historically Reformed to teach that the Mosaic covenant was, in some sense, a republication of the covenant of works. . . . Continue reading →

Augustine on Signs and Things Signified

2. All instruction is either about things or about signs; but things are learnt by means of signs. I now use the word “thing” in a strict sense, to signify that which is never employed as a sign of anything else: for . . . Continue reading →

Augustine on the Beginning of Self-Knowledge

“the beginning of understanding is to know yourself to be a sinner” (intelligentia prima est ut te noris peccatorem) Augustine, on Ps 32 (English/Ps 31 Latin)

Augustine On Grace Before and After the Fall

Chapter 29—What then? Did not Adam have the grace of God? Yes, truly, he had it   largely, but of a different kind. He was placed in the midst of   benefits which he had received from the goodness of his Creator; for  he had . . . Continue reading →