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WHERE THE LINES SHOULD BE DRAWN… The tumult and shouting of the American political campaign of 1964 have long since died away. New situations are developing to occupy attention, challenging us with their principles and compelling us to take our position. While the fires of conflict kindled throughout the world blind our eyes, legislation to […]

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Separation of Family and State

In the current debate on school taxes, much is made of the principle of separation of church and state. This is a sound, Biblical principle, proved by American history to be salutary for our nation. It must be maintained at all costs. But equally fundamental is the similar principle of separation of family and stale. Just as […]

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Erroneous Scriptures?

In the debate within the Christian Reformed Church on the inerrancy of the Word of God, there has often been much ambiguity. Those who have questioned the traditional position of the Church (reaffirmed by the Synods of 1959 and 1961) have not always spoken with the greatest of frankness or clarity. But this cannot be said […]

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The Union Seminary of Nigeria

The proponents of a Union Seminary in Nigeria have set forth their reasons in various places with many words. It is possible to boil this literature down to a few basic arguments. Here we attempt to set forth their essential reasons and then analyze them. THE MOHAMMEDAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PERIL 1. One of the strongest arguments […]

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Book Review

The Visible Words of God by Joseph C. McLelland Wm. B. Eerdmuns Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, 1957. 291 pp. This book treats the sacramental tlleology of the Florentian Reformer Peter Martyr Vermigli (1500–1562). There are several factors that make this study one of interest and worth, especially for those of the historic Reformed faith. One […]

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In 1957 two major denominations made sharp attacks against Christian schools. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. adopted an 11,000-word document which now stands as its official statement on this subject. The Synod of the Reformed Church in America, although not adopting a report of its Board of Education on this matter, […]

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Church Control of Calvin College?

In the February 1957 issue of The Reformed Journal, Prof. John Bratt wrote an article under the above title however, without a question mark. That omission signifies the main difference between that article and the present one. In his writing he made a strong plea for the ecclesiastical control of Calvin College (as distinct from […]

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School Rights III

In the May and September 1956 issues of Torch and Trumpet we attempted to answer some objections of readers in connection with the thesis that all schools, regardless of race, creed, or color, are entitled to their fair share of public school taxes in proportion to the number of students enrolled. Herewith we conclude these questions and […]

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Impressions of the Synod of 1956

One of the thrills of the Reformed faith is that many churches may and do cooperate in the same cause. We do not believe in an independent, Congregational type of government. where each local congregation is a completely autonomous unit working with other churches only in a very loose way. Rather, being closely united in doctrine, […]

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School Rights II

The proposition that double taxation in regard to private schools is wrong has been set forth in previous articles in the Torch and Trumpet (April, July 1955, Jan., May, 1956). The thesis was, as you will recall, that all schools, regardless of race, creed, or color. are entitled to their fair share of public school tax […]

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