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Resurrection Witnesses!

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Cor. 15:58, A.R.V.) Paul wants the Corinthian Christians to be witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This was, however, a very difficult matter, especially in Corinth. […]

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Proofs for the Existence of God

In preceding articles we have sought to indicate something of the difference between a Reformed and an “evangelical” apologetics. Both Mr. White, the Reformed apologete, and Mr. ‘ Grey, the evangelical apologete, seek to defend the truth of Christianity. Both seek to get Mr. Black, the non-believer, to accept the truth about God and his creation. […]

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Special and General Revelation

We are concerned in this series of articles with the problem of Reformed apologetics. In the first three articles we discussed the general nature of Reformed apologetics. Its method, we saw, is radically different from that of Romanist-evangelical apologetics. The latter starts from the presupposition that man has a measure of ultimacy or autonomy. This […]

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Calvinism and Rationalism

THE Concordia Publishing House of Saint Louis, Missouri, is currently publishing a translation of the late Francis Pieper’s book on Christliche Dogmatik, or, translated, Christian Dogmatics. There are to be three volumes. Two or them have already appeared. With great force and conviction, Dr. Pieper sets forth orthodox Lutheran theology. For Pieper, Lutheranism is Christianity come to its own. Non-Lutheran forms of […]

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The Authority of Scripture

The difference between a Reformed and an Evangelical method of approach to unbelievers is our main concern in these articles. Our contention has been that the very nature of Reformed theology requires a distinct approach in the matter of its defense. Let us again discuss this question, this time in relation to the central problem of […]

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Needed: A Consistent Witness!

The one main question to which we arc addressing ourselves in this series of articles is whether Christians holding to the Reformed faith should also hold to a specifically Reformed method when they are engaged in the defense of the faith. This broad question does not pertain merely to the “five points of Calvinism.” When Lutherans […]

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The Believer Meets the Unbeliever

In the first article of this series the contention was made that one who holds to the Reformed Faith in theology should, to be consistent, also hold to a Reformed method in Apologetics. In practice this means that we should try to win Mr. Black, the non-Christian, to an acceptance of Christianity as it is […]

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Defending the Faith

In this series of articles our concern will be to discover some of the main features of the Reformed approach in Christian Apologetics. While seeking light on this question, let us turn first to the inaugural address of the late Dr. Valentine Hepp of the Free University of Amsterdam. The title of this address is […]

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Calvin as a Controversialist

There is back of all that Calvin wrote a deep joy because of sins forgiven. He knew that through Christ he had been reconciled to God. He therefore looked with deep compassion upon the multitudes of men about him who knew not this reconciliation with God. These multitudes of men had no one to point […]

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Calvin and Modern Subjectivism

When we think back to Calvin and his valiant defense of the faith we can only wish that to some extent we might be filled with as much love for the truth and hatred of sin as he was. Impartiality When Calvin was about to die he had a deep consciousness of his lack of […]

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