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  • Irenaeus on the One God

    By Fred Sanders

    May. 22, 2018

    Irenaeus of Lyons (ca. 130-202) began to theologize at a crucial period in the history of the church. It was a bit of a mess. From the earlier apologists he inherited a vocabulary of Greek philosophical terms with Christian significance. At the same time, Gnostics

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  • Englishing Doctrine

    By Fred Sanders

    May. 16, 2018

    I recently read with great admiration a portion of A Briefe Institution of the Common Places of Sacred Divinitie by Lucas Trelcatius the Younger (1573 – 1607), which was translated from Latin to English by John Gawen, a contemporary of Trelcatius. Of course he translated it

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  • The Soul of God

    By Fred Sanders

    May. 16, 2018

    Does God have a soul? That’s a weird question. But here’s a tidy answer, from Amandus Polanus’ (1561-1610) Substance of Christian Religion. See the screencap for quaint spellings & suchelike. Yes, God has a soul. “By the soul is meant the life of God, that is

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  • Two Rules for Theological Work

    By Fred Sanders

    May. 15, 2018

    To keep the work of theology at its proper task, and to keep the theologian from getting distracted, and to keep the main thing the main thing (which is, after all, itself the main thing), there are a couple of helpful rules to observe. They

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  • What is so attractive about animism? As a guest on Dr. Darrell Bock's podcast, I discussed the challenges that animism poses to the church

    By Kenneth Nehrbass

    May. 13, 2018

    By Kenneth NehrbassAll over the world, people seem to agree that bad things should (and will) happen to bad people; and if people would just follow the rules, they would be healthy. This is the key tenet in animism. Various cultures have developed rituals and rites of passage to ward ...

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  • Standard Old-School Toolkit

    By Fred Sanders

    May. 2, 2018

    This Easter season, my reading on the resurrection has included the relevant section from Isaac Ambrose (1604-1664)’s book Looking Unto Jesus. The resurrection portion of the 700-page book is about 80 pages long, and Ambrose takes his sweet time examining how Christ was “carrying on the

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