Monthly Archives: June 2022

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J. C. RYLE ON THE 39 ARTICLES OF RELIGION (PART 4)

One thing that really did strike me about Ryle’s thoughts on the Articles of Religion is that he views them as a thoroughly Protestant document: (4) Let us mark, in the fourth place, as we read the Articles, the thoroughly Protestant spirit which runs throughout them, and the boldness of their language about Romish error. What says…

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J. C. Ryle on The 39 Articles of Religion (Part 3)

Reading further in Knots Untied, this is what Ryle says about the sacraments and the Articles of Religion: (3) Let us mark, in the next place, as we read the Articles, their wise, discreet, and well-balanced statements about the Sacraments. They declare plainly the Divine authority of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper They use high and reverend…

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As Light Dissolves

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” I John 4: 7. As light dissolves the shadow’s sway So love drives out all fear. The night retreats before the day, As love turns hate to cheer. The army of advancing love Fools night without deceit No raptor strikes; instead a dove…

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Putting Natural Law in Its Place

For at least three decades now, contemporary natural law advocates have been making the same two points[1]: first, that natural law—defined as “the rule, order, or norm of all human actions…in terms of what is right or wrong, good or evil”—can be “known through the rational consideration of the natural ends of humankind through consideration…

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When I Consider the Heavens

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and…

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Feminist Torquing and the Bird Man

In his “Word from the Bird,” Michael Bird provocatively, and mistakenly, claims that “certain theologies enable sexual abuse”—all this shortly after the SBC independent report revealing sexual abuse cases amongst ‘complementarian’ leaders. While the argument by Bird is unclear, he is clear that complementarianism (e.g., the view that there is some functional difference between man…

Book Review: “Anglican Dogmatics”

Anglican Dogmatics: Francis J. Hall’s Dogmatic Theology, Abridged in Two Volumes. Edited and annotated by John A. Porter. Nashotah, WI: Nashotah House Press, 2021. 684 pp (Vol. 1); 710 pp (Vol. 2). $24.95 per volume (cloth); $19.74 per volume (paper). Writing as a priest in the Church of England, I am aware of the intense…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XVI (Part 1)

Article XVI. Of Sin after Baptism. NOT every deadly sin willingly committed after baptism is sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. Wherefore the grant of repentance is not to be denied to such as fall into sin after baptism. After we have received the Holy Ghost we may depart from grace given and fall…

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Lancelotian Romanticism, Biblical Interpretation, and Nicea II

While River Devereux’s recent article “Anglicanism and Nicaea II” makes a good point here and there, it also embodies an unhistorical and cognitively dissonant approach to the Church’s first millennium. The so-called “classical Anglican” position on the Ecumenical Councils — accepting only the first four as authoritative — might be more plausible if it did…

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On The Rightful Rejection of Nicea II

From Charlemagne to the Homilies: An Addendum to Mr. Devereux   I was delighted to see Mr. Devereux’s recent article on Anglican rejection of Nicea II as enshrined in our 16th century formularies. I take his article to be the knock-out punch of an intellectual opponent I myself have buffeted for some time. To extend…

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