August

15. The Principle of Protestantism by Schaf16. Through Western Eyes: Eastern Orthodoxy: A Reformed Perspective by Letham

Tertullian and Iranaeus on Sola Scriptura

Tertullian (c. 155-220): Arguing with Hermogenes’ teaching that matter is eternal, “But whether all things were made out of any underlying matter, I have yet failed anywhere to find. Where such a statement is written, Hermogenes’ shop must tell us. If it is nowhere written, then let it fear the woe which impends on all…

Clement on Sola Scriptura

Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-215): “But those who are ready to toil in the most excellent pursuits, will not desist from the search after truth, till they get the demonstration from the Scriptures themselves.” (Stromata, Bk. VII, ch. 16) By the way, Matheson notes in a footnote that Clement declares the legend of Mary’s perpetual…

Frankenstein Against Nature

Frankenstein opens as a series of letters from Robert Walton to his sister, Margaret Saville. Walton has determined to find a sailing passage through the north pole, and the letters detail his travels to St. Petersburg, Russia, and then on to the coast before finding a boat and a crew. The story begins on a…

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (1797 – 1851) lived what appears to been be a fairly horrific life. She easily stands as a sort of icon for the romantic, feminist, intellectual and bohemian lifestyle. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, famed early feminist, died giving birth to her, her father, William Godwin, was a philosopher (enough said), her step-mother openly…

Tradition

“In present day usage the term commonly denotes unwritten doctrines handed down orally in the Church. It is therefore often contrasted with Scriptures. However, a remarkable scholarly consensus shows that in the early church, Scripture and Tradition were in no way exclusive concepts because they coincided with each other completely. … The concept of “tradition”…

Was He Speaking Ex Cathedra?

Gregory the Great (Pope?) writes: “Ego autem fidenter dico, quia quisquis se universalem Sacerdotem vocat, vel vocari desiderat, in elatione sue Antichristum praecurrit, quia superbiendo se caeteris praeponit. Nec dispari superbia ad errorem ducitur, quia sicut perversus ille Deus videri vult super omnes homines; ita quisquis iste est, qui solus Sacerdos appelari appetit, super reliquos…

Doug Jones on Sola Scriptura

From Doug Jones’ Forward to Sola Scriptura by Keith Mathison: “C.S. Lewis once quipped that the more medieval he became in his outlook, the farther from Roman Catholicism he seemed to grow. The history of the doctrine of sola Scriptura tends to produce the same effect in many of us. Once one gets beyond the…

The Temporary Historical Necessity of Protestantism

Schaf insists that Protestantism earns its right to exist only for as long as we offer to the rest of the Church significant correction in areas that need it. A sect, if we are willing to admit the title, “loses its right to exist, in the same degree in which the body from which it…

Episcopacy and the Leaven of the Pharisees

Schaf also takes the Anglo-Catholic Oxford movement to task: He suggests that many who are in this school are attracted to it by a “feeling of poetical romance” and not a few of them have aspirations to the hierarchy inherent in an episcopal system. And for all their insistence on history, Schaf says that this…