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 First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, April 19, 2013

R. L. Dabney, Systematic Theology, and Knowing God

The southern presbyterian, R. L. Dabney, wrote a Reformed systematic theology.  Nineteenth century Calvinism had already become infected with the semi-Arminianism of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck.  Dabney was also an infralapsarian and thought that God was not absolutely immutable.  I say that because Dabney was inconsistent on the anthropopathisms in Scripture.  

If God does not literally have a physical body or body parts, why is it so difficult for Calvinists to see that God literally does not have emotions either?  If God can be "moved" by emotions, then God is not immutable.  That's simple enough logic.  God has no succession of thoughts in His mind.  He perceives and understands all of creation and all the temporal succession of time from beginning to end all at one time.  God literally is not mutuable or susceptible to change whatsoever.  

As Gordon H. Clark rightly asked, why do those who have no problem with anthropomorphisms have a problem accepting the anthropopathisms in Scripture?  This is difficult to understand given that Scripture is logically consistent.  (Listen to Clark's MP3 lecture, How Does Man Know God?).

See also, J. Ligon Duncan III on God's immutability and anthropopathisms here:  Does God Have Emotions or Feelings?

Click here to see Dabney's systematic theology:  R. L. Dabney

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