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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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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You Say You Want a Revolution?

I’m neither a student of the philosophy of science nor the son of a student of the philosophy of science, but I do know this: Thomas Kuhn wrote a pretty important book called The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in which he argued that the way many people tend to think about the development of scientific theory is all wrong. The popular assumption is that on the one hand there is a mountain of data, and on the other there are hypotheses and...

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Did He Just Say That?

Continuing our series on the warnings of Hebrews, we now turn to another principle that we need to keep in mind when trying to tackle them: We need to distinguish between (1) what we say, and (2) how we justify saying it. We dealt with this issue at some length when we were discussing baptism. There I argued that all Bible-believing Reformed people should be able to say with confidence, “My sins were washed away in baptism,” or...

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Consider Yourself Warned….

First off, welcome to Creed Code Cult! As you can see, the entire archive of posts from my former blog, De Regnis Duobus, has been imported here (sans the comments, however). Speaking of comments, I plan to use the built-in Blogger comments feature here, unless it becomes frustrating, in which case I’ll search for something else. And lastly, if you like the look of this blog (or DRD), I would just like to point out that George Weis and the...

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The Doctor is In

Appeal has been made to Calvin’s “four-office view” to legitimize theological innovation in our churches. “Is there not a place for ‘doctors of the church,'” we are asked, “whose job is to labor in the Word, but from the study and not from the pulpit?” Furthermore, it has been urged in this connection that to the trailblazer should go the benefit of the doubt. In other words, if a man is sincerely...

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