Category Archives: Protestantism

Tuesday Tidbits, 9/4/18

The mid-terms, the Reformation, the Republican Ocasio-Cortez, and when one out of three is sufficient. Continue reading

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Spleen ventings (and more)

1 Spleen venting #1: I’m pleased that the American Bar Association, which marginalized itself over decades, will now be denied its long preeminence in advising the Senate on federal judicial nominees. I’m one of those who quit the ABA in … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion distortion factor, Economia, Evangelicalism, Journalism, Political Matters, progressivism, Protestantism, Religious freedom, Roman Catholicism, Speech & Press | Tagged

A collection of (one-man) rowboats

Charles Taylor, in his magisterial Sources of the Self, noted that with the coming of the Reformation, the Church is no longer the ship of salvation, but rather a collection of rowboats. … It has been said somewhere, “No one … Continue reading

Posted in Protestantism, Salvation

Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, improbable cultural “rock star,” has been on a tear, and the Christianosphere is talking. Heck, the Babylon Bee even got into it. There is no neutral standpoint, so it is legitimate to ask “where’s Jordan Peterson coming from?” … Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Christendom, Christianity generally, Evangelicalism, Orthodoxy, Pelagianism, Protestantism | 2 Comments

Cultural Conformity

A female teacher at a Catholic school married a woman and got fired. Why should anyone be surprised that a Catholic school follows Catholic teachings? The answer’s obvious, of course. National news organizations are populated with people who loathe orthodox … Continue reading

Posted in Gaying away the Pray, Marriage (real), Protestantism, Roman Catholicism

Nominally Saved

Reading a three-part Robin Phillips series on the question “Was Calvin a Nominalist?“, I came away from Part I with some reminders why I have not returned to Calvinism. I suspect I never was a Nominalist, and at a subliminal … Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Faith & Ideology, Nominalism and Realism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Sacramental Tapestry | Tagged , ,

Why we prize freedom of conscience

Luther was famously intransigent at the 1521 Diet of Worms. Legend has him saying, “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise.” What he actually said was this: “My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I … Continue reading

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How to get what you want

[I]n a world of fluid, flexible rules, the people who get what they want are the ones who possess the aptitude and education that allow them to manipulate concepts and talk in nuanced ways. [Karl] Barth bullied his wife and … Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), Faith & Ideology, Protestantism, Rhetorical fallacies, Sexualia

Tell me about the God you don’t believe in

[W]hat all the atheists, new and old, have in common is a mistaken notion of God, for to a person they construe God as one being among many, an item within the nexus of conditioned things. The roots of this … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Christianity generally, humanism, Nominalism and Realism, Protestantism

Mysteries and literalisms

The trouble with reading Scripture is that almost everybody thinks they can do it. This idea is rooted in the assumptions of Protestant thought: only if the meaning of Scripture is fairly obvious and more or less objective can it … Continue reading

Posted in Orthodoxy, Protestantism