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Means of Perfection

Protestants often claim that 2 Timothy 3:16-17 are a sufficient proof of their doctrine of sola scriptura: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of

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Posted in Apologetics, Solo Scriptura

Consequences of the Primacy of Conscience

An interesting exchange between a Presbyterian and some Catholics occurred recently. A Catholic mentioned in passing that Protestants hold to the primacy of the individual conscience. The Presbyterian indignantly denied holding this view, and apparently did not think that it

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Posted in Apologetics, Fides et Ratio, Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

The Catholic Appeal to Scripture

In a thread at the Protestant (and excellently-named) blog Green Baggins a Presbyterian commenter opines of the Catholic paradigm: There is no room for “asking what the Bible says” on any matter of serious importance in this paradigm. The freedom

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Posted in Apologetics, Doings on other blogs, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Protestantism, Revelation, Scripture, Solo Scriptura

Response to James Anderson

I discovered today that a few months ago Dr. James Anderson published some comments in reply to my article The Accidental Catholic. I appreciate the fact that he took the time to do so. In this post I’d like to

Posted in Apologetics, Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

Sin and Understanding

A Reformed Protestant gentleman writes: Why can’t the answer simply be that the Bible, if read perfectly, provides a system of doctrine, but due to our sin and hardness of heart no one reads it perfectly. Thus it is not

Posted in Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

Judisch responds

Neal Judisch and Bryan Cross wrote a paper effectively dismantling Keith Mathison’s argument that solo scriptura and sola scriptura are two different animals. Mathison replied with a paper that largely hinged on the assertions (which he has so far declined

Posted in Solo Scriptura

The Genealogy of Protestantism

In a new comment on the mammoth Solo Scriptura thread at Called to Communion, Bryan Cross makes an important observation about Protestantism’s roots. Protestantism is the daughter of Renaissance Humanism and the midwife of Enlightenment philosophy. In that time especially,

Posted in Fides et Ratio, Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

The Iron Vise

There is some chatter on a Presbyterian blog about the importance of actively defending the distinctives of Westminster theology, following in the footsteps of Machen (a Presbyterian from the early 20th century). I think that there is an object lesson

Posted in Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

A necessary distinction

A certain anti-Catholic objects to the characterization of Protestantism’s denominations and congregations as “voluntary associations of like-minded people.” While it may be true in general that this is not how they describe themselves, it’s pretty clear that the description is

Posted in Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

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