Monthly Archives: October 2020

Is the Eucharistology of the Anglican Reformation Patristic? – Part 2

II of III: A Comparison of Formularies In part one of my essay I argued that the Church Fathers and the “Jewel School” of Anglican theologians teach a different thing with regard to the Holy Eucharist. I also asserted (without argument) that there is a real difference between the teaching of the Jewel school and…

Is the Eucharistology of the Anglican Reformation Patristic? – Part 1

I of III: Fathers vs. Reformers The Challenge “Show that Hooker and Jewell and Ussher don’t know what they’re talking about. Until that happens, it is hard to take seriously these arguments that one cannot hold both “the faith” of the Fathers and of the Reformers.” Thus Mr. Ramsey threw down a gauntlet back in…

Against the Liturgical Optimists

Within American Christianity, and especially within American evangelicalism, we have seen a rise of interest in liturgy. Taking a quick look at InterVarsity Press’s site, one finds recent titles such as The Liturgy of Creation, Liturgy of the Ordinary, and The Liturgy of Politics. At Conciliar Post, Wesley Walker has compiled a list of articles…

Book Review: The Ark, the Covenant, and the Poor Men’s Chest

The Ark, the Covenant, and the Poor Men’s Chest: Edmund Bonner and Nicholas Ridley on Church and Scripture in Mid-Tudor England. By Mark A. Newcomb. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2020. 288 pp. $26 (paper). “In recent decades, the idea of a direct connection between Erasmian Humanism and Protestantism has been historiographically discounted” (xv),…

The Hermit Prays the Liturgy of the Hours

Although he’s not a priest, he’s made an altar Beneath his eastern window. When the first sun Strikes the maple tabletop, the shine Calls to him. It’s there he keeps his psalter Between two beeswax candles. Christ Pantocrator Gleams in red and gold, His life-book open In His hand. Unreadable words, unspoken, Catch at the…

All Your Life

You’ll earn less than you feel you’re worth, Retire in debt; Old faces framed above the hearth     Your name forget. And, friends forget your failings soon, But not your wife, Who carries them like an old tune—     Or sharpened knife. You dreamed of politics and fame But that soon faded, As no one liked you,…

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