Exegetical Gains vs. Theological Losses

Exegetical Gains vs. Theological Losses

I was recently hanging out with a PCA pastor friend, and we were discussing the exegetical and theological issues surrounding the Federal Vision. As you may know, one of the biggest difficulties one encounters when comparing the confessional Reformed theology with that of the Federal Vision is this: How are we to understand the New Testament’s descriptions of the baptized? For example, when Paul writes to “the saints  in...

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On the Magisterium’s (Sort Of) Superiority

On the Magisterium’s (Sort Of) Superiority

In a recent comment in this thread at Called to Communion, Ray Stamper provided what I think is a helpful distinction with respect to the kinds of problems the Catholic view of authority can solve, versus the kinds it can’t (who, us  triumphalistic?). He writes: But are you not able to acknowledge that the kind of crisis being pointed out by CTC and CCC is different than the kind of crisis you keep pointing to in the Catholic Church?...

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Divide and Dismiss

Divide and Dismiss

I’d like to take a quick break from our series on the atonement and make an observation for the benefit of my Catholic readers. I would suggest that the default posture of confessional Protestantism, particularly the Reformed variety, is one of separation and division. The old school Presbyterian seeks to distinguish himself from all others and insist that he is every bit as much a non-evangelical as he is a non-papist (heck, it’s...

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On Paradigms Protestant and Catholic

On Paradigms Protestant and Catholic

Anyone who has followed Catholic/Protestant discussions recently has undoubtedly heard more about “interpretive paradigms” than they care to recall. By the time one is five or six lines into an online debate, the charge of “Well, you’re just answering the question from within your own paradigm” will probably be leveled, and it can cause much confusion and frustration. What I’d like to do here, and perhaps in...

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Presuppositional Hermeneutics Revisited

To be honest, I was hoping my post on presuppositional hermeneutics would have generated more discussion, but I realize I was a bit vague about what I was getting at and I didn’t give any concrete examples, which I plan to do here. To bring you up to speed, here’s what I wrote on the subject: … if one wants to study the issue of baptism, he can do what most people do and jot down all the relevant NT texts and seek to carefully...

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Paradigmatic Hermeneutics

My most recent Facebook status reads: “I sometimes wonder if instead of asking, ‘What kind of theology derives from the New Testament?’ we should be asking, ‘What kind of theology would have produced it?’” The question sort of occurred to me as I was falling asleep Saturday night, and it kind of ties in with some of what I was trying to say in this post. Now, I’m not really going anywhere with this, I just think it’s an...

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