Author Archives: Tim Enloe

The Adventure Continues

Hello again.  I shut this blog down a bit over a year ago for several reasons, one of which was lack of time to regularly post.  I hope to be able to redress that in the coming months, but not … Continue reading

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This is the archive of my old blog, Societas Christiana, which was in operation from 2004 to 2010. On this blog you will find a great deal of information pertaining to Medieval Christendom, the Protestant Reformation, the relationship of faith … Continue reading

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An Insufficient Understanding of “Sufficiency,” Part II

To see what the word “sufficiency” properly means, we need to look at the ends that are in view, and this takes us back to the definitions of the “sufficiency” of Scripture and of Christ given above. For the end … Continue reading

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An Insufficient Understanding of “Sufficiency,” Part I

In harmony with Scripture, we Protestants confess that Scripture is “sufficient”[1] and that Christ is “sufficient.”[2] I have noticed these past few years that in our circles these affirmations frequently exhibit the quality of moralism. That is, they perform as … Continue reading

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Rhetoric In the New Testament, Pt. 4 (Acts, Galatians, Thessalonians, Romans)

George Kennedy analyzes several speeches by Peter in the Book of Acts, and finds significant rhetorical features in them. For instance, Acts 1:16-22, though only six verses, appears to be an instance of a deliberative speech. This is seen, according … Continue reading

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“It’s All About the Gospel,” Said the Reformed Papalist

Here’s a follow-up to my post below, “Is Western Culture Worse than Sodom and Nineveh” – It occurred to me that those Calvinists whose final recourse when discussing cultural topics is “It’s the Gospel that really changes people ” may … Continue reading

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Principles of Reformed Fundamentalism

A lot of people I know, from former teachers to present friends, seem to think that Fundamentalism – the preeminent American variety of Protestantism – is really not that big of a deal in Reformed circles. To spend much time … Continue reading

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Is Western Culture Worse Than Sodom and Nineveh?

I tend to be a “glass is half empty” sort of guy, always noticing the downside of things and usually having to have others of a less melancholy temperament point out to me that sometimes, perhaps even most of the … Continue reading

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Rhetoric in the New Testament, Pt. 3 (1 and 2 Corinthians)

“Rhetoric in the New Testament” is, of course, far too large a topic to adequately explore in a short series of posts on a blog. One purpose of this post in the series is to demonstrate, mostly from some of … Continue reading

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Rhetoric in the New Testament, Pt. 2 (Rhetoric and Sophistry)

In Part 1 of this series, we saw that even while teachers such as Plato and Aristotle were seeking to develop rhetoric into an art form that would be of great service to finding truth and expressing it well, there … Continue reading

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