Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Review: Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics by Richard A. Muller (Monergism)

At the risk of oversimplification and after hearing Richard Muller's lecture on Jonathan Edwards' doctrine of philosophical necessity, it seems to me that the four volumes and over 2,100 pages of Muller's work is aimed at undermining the doctrine of absolute predestination. While Edwards may have employed philosophical terms of his day, Edward's is obviously drawing from the theology of Scripture. I'll have to get back to this later since Firefox locked up and I lost the previous link and a lengthy comment I made there. However, at a glance it seems to me that Muller is doing what he falsely accuses Edwards of doing: reading back into the oldline Reformed orthodoxy what is not there.

Muller wants to say that Edwards treatise on the Freedom of Will is an innovation. It seems more likely that Muller is trying to read his own biases back into the Canons of Dort and many other Reformed confessions, all of which directly contradict his thesis that Arminians and Calvinists did not "really" differ on free will at all. Right! When it smells like a skunk somewhere nearby there usually IS a skunk nearby. Perhaps Muller is another N.T. Wright who "claims" to be "Reformed" but is actually sneaking a Trojan Horse in the back door?

I need to look further into this issue. It seems a bit odd not to see any of the guys at Westminster California picking up on Muller's departure from the Three Forms of Unity on the issue of absolute predestination.

Review: Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics by Richard A. Muller (Monergism)

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