Bainton on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Reformation

Just finished Roland Bainton’s classic work The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Bainton’s is an evenhanded treatment of the complexities of the Reformation scene, allowing for the messiness of sin and politics while reading the principle players sympathetically. There were a number of fun little gems, but just one this morning. In his chapter on…

The Reformation was an Exodus

The Reformation was an Exodus: Luther, Bucer, Calvin, Knox and their sidekicks were the Moses and Aaron and Joshua and Caleb of the 16th century, and they led a great mixed multitude out of an Egypt that had arisen in the very Church of God. The Pope had become a tyrannical pharaoh, and his bishops…

Christmas Means We’re All Calvinists After All

Isaiah says that when God restores Israel, He will go before them and behind them (Is. 52:12). The first Advent of God was the incarnation, when God went before us, leading us out of the dungeon of sin and death. The final Advent of God at the end of history is when God comes up…

Preemptive Evil

Speaking of Pharaoh’s wisdom/cunning to reduce the Israelite “threat” Calvin writes: “But this is a wicked kind of cunning, (however it may be varnished over with the specious name of foresight,) unjustly to molest others for our own security. I fear this or that person, because he both has the means of injuring me, and…

Jesus, Paul, and the People of God

I just listened to Kevin Vanhoozer’s talk from the recent Wheaton conference, a dialog with N.T. Wright, and I recommend it to you. If you have the slightest interest in N.T. Wright and the conversation/controversy surrounding his reformulation of the doctrine of justification and how that should be received and evaluated by those of us…

Calvin and Music

James Jordan’s recent lecture on Calvin and Music is now available on the New St. Andrews College website, as well as a round table discussion with Peter Leithart and Douglas Wilson.

Calvinism in NYT

Mark Driscoll is in the New York Times here. As the postscript notes, Molly Worthen, the article’s author, last contributed an article on New St. Andrews College in NYT. I don’t think she pointed out that this year is the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birthday. Leon Podles has a short comment here on the Touchstone…

Calvin in a Year

Here’s a way to read the Institutes over the next year: Princeton Theological Seminary has set up a daily reading and commentary that begins January 1st in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth. Notice the podcast and rss feed options. Pretty nifty.

Calvin and the Thunderbolt of Anathema

“In bearing with imperfections of life we ought to be far more considerate. For here the descent is very slippery and Satan ambushes us with no ordinary devices. For there have always been those who, imbued with a false conviction of their own perfect sanctity, as if they have already become a sort of airy…

Calvin the Schismatic

While Calvin insists that “ministry of the Word” and “celebrating the sacraments” in purity are the marks of the true Church, he maintains that so long as any church retains those two principles, we may “safely embrace” them as a church “even if it otherwise swarms with many faults.” He continues: “What is more, some…