Vernacular Scripture in the Reformation Era: Re-examining the Narrative

by Trevor Anderson  I. The ‘Protestant Paradigm’ In this post I examine what historian Andrew Gow calls the “Protestant Paradigm” (PP) – a narrative regarding the status of popular piety and vernacular Scripture in the pre-Reformation era. Andrew Gow studied Reformation history under Heiko Oberman and is currently a professor of religious studies at the University… Read More Vernacular Scripture in the Reformation Era: Re-examining the Narrative

A Note on Aquinas and Penal Atonement

by Trevor Anderson Elsewhere I’ve discussed two aspirations of New Calvinist theology: a commitment to clear thinking and argumentation, and competent engagement with relevant conversations (viz., “scholarship”). Here I’d like to note an instance in one prominent New Calvinist resource that falls short of these two ideals and so illustrates the need for more promising modes of inquiry and argument. Steve… Read More A Note on Aquinas and Penal Atonement

St. Thomas and Christian Hedonism: Desiring Good

by Trevor Anderson In this and some following posts, I’d like to highlight what I see to be some notable convergences between the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, the 13th century “common doctor” of the Church, and Pastor John Piper, whose philosophical theology exerts considerable influence on New Calvinist thought. Christian Hedonism and Practical Reason First,… Read More St. Thomas and Christian Hedonism: Desiring Good

Chris Castaldo, cont’d: Further Resources

Dr. Chris Castaldo was recently interviewed on our site. Below are some more resources from Castaldo; all make for excellent viewing. At a moment when many Reformed traditions are reassessing the optimism of the modern ecumenical movements, and cautiously charting possibilities for a chastened dialogue with Roman Catholics, Castaldo stands out as a Reformed evangelical who is eminently… Read More Chris Castaldo, cont’d: Further Resources

The (im)possible conversation: clarifying the intent of Catholics & Calvinists

(** Note: This post was written in the early stages of our website, when it was still dubbed “Catholics & Calvinists,” in order to spell out more fully the aims and goals of our interest in Calvinist and Catholic dialogue. While it still serves as a helpful guide to our conversation, we recommend also reading… Read More The (im)possible conversation: clarifying the intent of Catholics & Calvinists