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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Is All Scripture "Apparently" Contradictory? Patrick McWilliams Reponds

Over at the God's Hammer blog an article by Patrick McWilliams reveals the contradiction of the late Cornelius Van Til's view of Scripture with the view espoused in the Westminster Confession of Faith:

Cornelius Van Til was a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church who is well-known today for his apologetic method and his views on analogical knowledge and paradoxical theology. While many uphold Van Til as a bastion of orthodoxy in the Presbyterian church, his view of Scripture as paradoxical – appearing to be contradictory – was actually anti-Confessional.  -- Patrick McWilliams

Click here to read the article.


Unknown said...

Calvinism is Christianity? If you mean that Calvinism is exactly the same thing as Christianity, are you implying that Christianity existed only after Calvin's birth?

Charlie J. Ray said...

Since Christianity is defined by the system of propositional statements in the Scriptures, it logically follows that Calvinism preceded Calvin. What we know as Calvinism is only called that because Calvin rediscovered the authority of Scripture and deduced the system of theology known as Calvinism from the Bible. The first doctrine of Christianity and of Calvinism is the doctrine of sola Scriptura. The first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith is the doctrine of Scripture and the system of theology deduced from Scripture in the WCF prioritizes Scripture as the first doctrine of Calvinism followed second by the doctrine of God as Trinity and the third most important doctrine is predestination. The chapters in the WCF are listed in descending order of importance. Calvinism is Christianity and Christianity is Calvinism.

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