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First Prophets, Then Reformers

Sons and Daughters of the Reformation: It was exactly 437 years ago that a young man stood near a church with a hammer in one hand, a parchment in the other, and it nail in his pocket. If we are to sense something of the vast significance of Martin Luther’s act we must look at more than […]

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Calvinists – Are They Worthy of the Name?

Upon re-reading Georgia Harkness’ well-known book on John Calvin and his gallant fight for the truth of the Word against the heretics and for moral purity against the Libertines of his day, I could not help but marvel again at this great Reformer. Surely Calvin sought to put the stamp of God upon all of life! The holiness of […]

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Calvin, Trent and Justification

(This is a chapter in a forthcoming book, Christ the Lord, edited by Michael Horton, published by Baker Book House.) Justification has long been known among Protestants as the article of faith by which the church stands or falls. Justification, along with the authority of Scripture and the nature of the Lord’s Supper, was at the center of debates […]

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The following excerpt is from the book, INERRANCY by Norman L Geisler. Copyright© 1980 by The Zondervan Corporation. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. The Reformation was not a revolution. The intent of the Protestant Reformation was not to create new doctrine or establish a new church. Rather, the impetus of the movement was […]

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(Edwin Mellen Press, 1993, Vol. 1 in 2 Parts, 1033 pp.) In this issue of The Outlook we are featuring three opinion pieces which are based on recently published books (and one videotape). Because they are serious reflections on issues raised in the books, we are treating them as articles rather than book reviews, with […]

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8. What does Oberman say Holtrop is up to? In his “Foreword” Oberman writes, “This study is at once courageous and significant. It is courageous because Philip Holtrop brings an ‘ugly Calvin’ out of the closet….” (p. xvii). (That was not among the credits Holtrop awards himself, but it is a, if not the, dominant […]

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Faith on Trial: The Sufferings of John Calvin

Eternal life is promised to us, but it is promised to the dead; we are told of the resurrection of the blessed, but meantime we are involved in corruption; we are declared to be just, and sin dwells within us; we hear that we are blessed, but meantime we are overwhelmed by untold miseries…Faith is […]

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Luther and Calvin on Biblical Interpretation

In the early 1520’s Elector Fredrick the Wise commissioned Martin Luther to prepare a homily for each Sunday throughout the year. In one of his homilies for the Christmas season, Luther suggested a somewhat peculiar interpretation of Luke 2:16: “And they found both Mary and Joseph and the babe lying in the manger.” Luther held […]

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