Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Beef up your Latin ...

Fellow Conventiclers:

In case you didn't hear about it, there is a (medieval) Latin reading group for postgrads with novice-and-up Latin knowledge at our institution, meeting Thursdays at 3PM, starting tomorrow. We're going through Aquinas' 'Five Ways' together. Right now it looks like the number of participants is small, but I'm sure the profs leading the group would welcome more.

If you want more info, email me. Please! I need some support in there ...

Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim (Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.)

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Haykin on Owen on Sin and Temptation

Michael Haykin gives an excellent summary of Justin Taylor's and Kelly Kapic's forthcoming unabridged, updated edition of Owen's classic works on sanctification.

Folks, if you have never read Owen, buy and read this book!

Monday, October 2, 2006

Muller: Medieval Prologemena

Notes on Muller's PRRD I.88-96 on Medieval Prolegomena are up. Here is a summary.

The development of Protestant theological system did not occur in a vacuum. The process was complex. Instead of creating an entire new system and language to articulate their insights, the Reformers utilized and modified elements of extant theological systems available to them – particularly from the middle to late Middle Ages.

A Sure Foundation: The story begins with a promise...

“The first promise, Gen. iii. 15 – truly called protoevangelion – was revealed, proposed, and given, as containing and expressing the only means of delivery from that apostasy from God, with all the effects of it, under which our first parents and all their posterity were cast by sin. The destruction of Satan and his work in his introduction of the state of sin, by a Saviour and Deliverer, was prepared and provided for in it. This is the very foundation of the faith of the church; and if it be denied, nothing of the economy or dispensation of God towards it from the beginning can be understood. The whole doctrine and story of the Old Testament must be rejected as useless, and no foundation be left in the truth of God for the introduction of the New.”

-John Owen, Christologia (1679) in Works, 1.120.


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