Aquinas: Not Among the Protestants

This article is taken from Appendix 1 in my book, The Failure of Natural Theology.  Also see my other book, Saving Natural Theology from Thomas Aquinas at freegracepress.com. And until the end of the week, enter discount code: "Aquinas" for 25%.   Thomas of Aquino was a member of the heretic hunters: the Dominicans. The Dominicans were … Continue reading Aquinas: Not Among the Protestants

Reforming Thomas? Whether Thomas’s Epistemology and Theology Harmonizes with the Reformers (Part 2)

Recap This is part two of a blog post looking at Thomas Aquinas and to what decree he can harmonize with Reformed theology. Part one looked at whether Thomas’s epistemology and theology harmonizes with the Solas of the Reformation. This post will question his harmonization with the Doctrines of Grace. Doctrines of Grace The history … Continue reading Reforming Thomas? Whether Thomas’s Epistemology and Theology Harmonizes with the Reformers (Part 2)

Reforming Thomas? Whether Thomas’s Epistemology and Theology Harmonizes with the Reformers (Part 1)

Introduction “At the Council of Trent (1543–63) the Roman Catholic reformers used the works of Aquinas in drafting their decrees; and in 1879 the pope declared Thomism (Aquinas’s theology) eternally valid.”[1] Such a statement surely solidifies Thomas as an invaluable resource in the mind of any Roman Catholic today. Somewhat surprisingly, Thomas has found a … Continue reading Reforming Thomas? Whether Thomas’s Epistemology and Theology Harmonizes with the Reformers (Part 1)

Psalm 2:1-3 Teaching Outline

Introduction: Today we are going to begin our study of the first Messianic psalm in the Book of Psalms. It is quoted or alluded to as such a number of times in the New Testament. Although the psalm itself does not have a superscription identifying the author, the early Christians, including the Apostles, attributed the … Continue reading Psalm 2:1-3 Teaching Outline

Toward a Proper Understanding of the Lord’s Supper as a Visible Word

Introduction In my own past study of the Lord's Supper, some twenty six years ago now, I spent some time wrestling with John Calvin's understanding of the Lord's Supper, especially as he addressed the matter in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, and it started me thinking in a different way about it than I … Continue reading Toward a Proper Understanding of the Lord’s Supper as a Visible Word

How to Determine Whether a Practice Is Biblical

Given the current cultural milieu, in which pluralism and relativism are becoming ever rampant problems, many Christians and churches struggle with how to apply the Bible to the many issues we face. Indeed, I often hear disagreements about whether or not a particular practice is Biblical, and it seems that a significant part of the … Continue reading How to Determine Whether a Practice Is Biblical