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Thursday Theology.

We are reviewing Calvin, and he now discusses natural theology and the witness to God in nature. This argument for God is ancient — Augustine argued this way, and he was not the first one. I’m doing this chapter by chapter: the book is long, and Calvin writes tersely. I’ve turned the Latinate translation of […]

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Thursday Theology and Music.

Ask I’m restructuring things back to how they were, Thursday is theology, and we are working through Calvin’s institutes. Which is not as bad as one would think. Because some people find this dry, some music in addition. Theology, you see, imbues everything, Anyone who says that there is not theology in modern hymns has […]

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Thursday reformed: the pagans know God.

In Which our author argues from nature and Valentine’s razor: If the thing is everywhere the same, then it’s probably true. One can worship nature, or one’s self, or one’s tribe, or the ideology of historical progression towards the new post Soviet man or post human. Those who say they are atheist still acknowledge a […]

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Thursday Reformed

Last night, after putting to bed today’s lectionary — Kea and I began to discuss how many see God having created them broken, and are angry with God because of their own doing. They would prefer the blind watchmaker of evolution and the nihilism of the woke to the thought that there is a loving […]

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The goodness of God (Thursday Reformed)

The summary of this paragraph is given by Calvin The knowledge of God the Creator defined.. Calvin argues that unless God is good, and the creator, there is no reason to seek him. This is an antipostmodern position, that sees creation as bad, random, and ugly, and needing redefinition into some form of transman. Calvin […]

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Reformed Thursday.

Calvin meditates on the response to the glory of God, uniformly throughout the Old Testament. Fear. Hence that dread and amazement with which as Scripture uniformly relates, holy men were struck and overwhelmed whenever they beheld the presence of God. When we see those who previously stood firm and secure so quaking with terror, that […]

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Christianity Theology

Thursday Reformed.

The current fashion of seeing virtue in what we have done needs to be skewered. An angry atheist seems to understand this, and yes, I’m referring to Ricky Gervais because he reminded celebrities that they live in a bubble, and their virtue is but vanity. Calvin foreshadows this: yes, he knew his Thomist theology, and […]

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Reformed Thursday.

In which we look at the Institutes, as a correction to modern thought. One cannot work by reason alone, but need the divine, the true, the good. If not for anything else but a plumbline: in this fallen state we are crooked. We are told by the philosophers to know ourselves: this is not a […]

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Thursday Theology.

The observance of Christmas was shunned by the Puritans. What happens now is that we have a Christmas celebration early — it was last Sunday — and it is a point of evangelizm, and then Midnight service. This is pragmatism. No day is more holy than another, and the use of the church calendar is […]