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John Calvin the Theologian

THE LEADER OF THEOLOGIANS It was Luther’s great assistant in the Reformation, Philip MeIanchthon, himself an able teacher and theologian, who called Calvin The Theologian. Another of Calvin’s contemporaries, the learned Joseph Scaliger (1520–1600), echoed Melanchthon’s sentiment when he said: “Calvin stands alone among the theologians.” Speaking of Calvin’s Institutes, a sixteenth century Hungarian reformer said […]

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The Synodical Decisions of 1924 on Common Grace

The Synod of the Christian Reformed Church, which met in Kalamazoo from June 18 to July 8, 1924, will always be remembered for its famous three points—the decisions on common grace. However, the Synod of 1924 was not a common synod. It was the Synod which rejected an overture from Classis Hackensack to print the Acts […]

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What They are Thinking

People of Reformed persuasion ought to give more attention to what other orthodox Christians are thinking on the significant issues of our day. Calvinists should take careful note of the orthodox and scholarly Missouri-Synod Lutherans. Particular attention is called in what follows to the statements on ecumenicity and neo-orthodoxy made by these orthodox Lutheran theologians.   […]

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“Without doubt the most perplexing and crucial social, moral, and religious issue in America today is the problem of racial segregation. This divisive controversy has been with us for a long time, but matters have been recently brought to a head by the legal judgment of the Supreme Court in 1954.” So wrote the editor of Theology Today […]

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In this month’s column we shall give some attention to what others arc think. ing on Paul Tillich and “the Unity We Seek.” The two are not as unrelated as may at first appear. Tillich and Revelation: Paul Tillich, University Professor at Harvard, is one of the most influential dialectical thinkers in the United States today. His writings […]

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Karl Barth and Biblical Theology Recent periodical literature has given more than usual attention to the Swiss theologian, Karl Barth. The immediate occasion for all this attention, in addition to his continued leadership of neo-orthodox thought, was his seventieth birthday last May. Theology Today, representing Princeton Seminary mainly, devoted an entire issue (October, 1956) to articles in […]

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College and Church Discussions concerning the relation of college and church are wide· spread today. In a provocative article “What Is a Church-Related College?” Dr. Winston L. King of Grinnell College, Iowa speaks of a growing tendency to seek closer alliance. He writes only of “church-related” colleges. The term is “a very elastic hamper” which “covers all those institutions […]

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The Reformed Review During the past eight years the faculty of Western Seminary at Holland, Michigan, has issued a small quarterly bulletin. With the opening of a fine new seminary building, the faculty decided “to signalize this happy event” by improving their periodical. Since last October The Western Seminary Bulletin has appeared in a new format under the […]

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The Church and Politics A five year controversy between the clergymen and the laymen of the National Council of Churches was recently “disclosed” from the laymen’s side in the U.S. News and World Report (Feb. 3, 1956, pp. 43–48). Mr. J. Howard Pew, former president of the Sun Oil Company, reports that the 190 member Laymen’s Committee, […]

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John Calvin and Educational Reform Dr. W. Stanford Reid (Professor of History at McGill University, Montreal) has written a stimulating article on “Calvin and the Founding of the Academy of Geneva” (Westminster Theological Journal, November, 1955, pp. 1–33). Calvin is known of course for his reformation of the church, but not so much for the reformation […]

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