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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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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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The Discarded Image

My new website, The Discarded Image, is now up and running. There is not a lot there at the moment, but I have a number of things “in the pipeline,” so to speak, and will hopefully be able to get … Continue reading

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Heidegger onTradition, Interpretation and the Future

Many theological and ecclesiastical controversies—perhaps all controversies—boil down to how the controverting parties relate to tradition.  How aware are they of themselves, their interpretation, and the tradition they are interpreting itself?  For example, the recent condemnations of the Federal Vision … Continue reading

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Medieval Aesthetics and Protestantism: A Reply to Peter Escalante and Cynthia Nielson

What follows continues a discussion from the comment section of the last post.  Both of you reply with the sober erudition for which you are (IMO) a boon to Christian scholarship.  Nevertheless, I am not convinced that many of the … Continue reading

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A Few Totally Amateur Thoughts on Austen’s Emma

Emma was the first Jane Austen work I had ever read, and consequently, the following thoughts must be taken for what they are–the barely coherent ramblings of a “newbie”. The incredibly socially structured life portrayed in Emma underscored to me … Continue reading

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“If God Did Not Exist, He Would Have to Be Invented”

Two maxims from Dostoevsky’s characters in Brothers Karamazov provide an organizing theme for a few remarks on the inescapability of religious foundations for society. Those maxims are: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted” and “Man has invented the … Continue reading

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

The theme of societal order is writ large in Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. From the moment that Hank arrives in the sixth century two antithetical visions of society begin to clash, and it becomes increasingly … Continue reading

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Sir Gawain Vs. the Courtly Love Tradition

“But it is no marvel if a fool goes astray in his wits, and through the wiles of women comes to sorrow…How better it would be if we could love them well, but never believe them, if only a man … Continue reading

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The Canterbury Tales: Predestination and Foreknowledge in the Nun’s Priest’s Tale

The tale of Chanticleer the rooster, told by the Nun’s Priest, is an interesting glimpse into one way that complicated theological questions were dealt with by laymen in the later Middle Ages. After an interesting (but it seems to me … Continue reading

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