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Review: Hoppe, A Short History of Man

This is a “For Dummies” version of his groundbreaking *Democracy: The God that Failed.* While it has some serious limitations, it’s last chapter, on Aristocracy and Democracy, is brilliant. And even in the earlier sections of the book there are … Continue reading

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Notes on Berkouwer’s anthropology

From his Man: The Image of God On the broader/narrower distinction: man, despite his fall, was not beastialized (38).  By narrower man lost his communion with God. the broader sense reminds us of what was not lost in the fall. … Continue reading

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Notes on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on grace

Obviously, this is not a full endorsement. Can we know God without grace? The act of the intellect depends upon God in two ways: it has its form by which it acts from God Preparing the human will The preparation … Continue reading

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Augustine, Spirit and the Letter

Initial argument: to respond to Pelagius’s claim that one can live a sinless life. Other topics addressed: justification by free grace, spiritual interpretation, the nature of human willing and choosing. Observations:  There are many important topics in this book, yet … Continue reading

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Augustine: Baptism and Forgiveness

These are some notes from Augustine’s treatise Baptism and the Forgiveness of Sins.  Once you get passed the grim assertions that unbaptized babies aren’t saved (which guaranteed that the Catholic church would come up with theories of Limbo), there are some … Continue reading

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The Scandal of the Incarnation

This is the most accessible treatment of Irenaeus’s works. Hans urs von Balthasar provides a fine introduction, discussion, and brief critique of Gnosticism–showing how Irenaeus’s theology is relevant today. Further, von Balthasar provides a matrix for interpreting St Irenaeus (von … Continue reading

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On God and Man

Review of On God and Man: The Theological Poetry of St Gregory of Nazianzus (SVS Press) {1} Some have compared this work to Augustine’s Confessions, but that’s misleading. True, Gregory does open his soul to outsiders, and the literary skill is … Continue reading

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