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Thesis Thursday

This week, Lecture 25. In the introduction, Walther gives an excellent justification for what is typically seen as stereotypically Calvinist aggression and arrogance, and continues with a fine discussion of what we Presbyterians know as LC73 (faith is an instrument): … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Moving on to Lecture 24 and Thesis XIII. In the ninth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when one makes an appeal to believe or at least help towards that end, instead of preaching faith into a … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Hey folks, after a week off for Christmas, we come now to Lecture 23, and maybe some common cause between Calvin & Luther? Among the various functions and official acts of a servant of the Church the most important of … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Walther opens Lecture 22 with a very interesting introduction concerning the state of the church, which seems somewhat familiar. In the excerpts below I skip around, but you can go read the whole lecture if you want to see how … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Excerpts from Lecture 21: A week ago we were told that faith is not a dead, inert affair, but something that transforms and renews the heart, regenerates a person, and brings the Holy Spirit into his soul. Tonight we shall … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

From lecture 20. More Calvinist-bashing. Sigh. Many things might still be said in discussion of the ninth thesis, but we must not tarry at this thesis any longer if we wish to finish the series. Thesis X. In the sixth … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

In lecture 19 (finally, we come to the end of Thesis IX!), Walther criticizes conversionism. One of the most important of the many doctrinal differences that were discussed during the first half of the eighteenth century between the so-called Pietists … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

We’re still on Thesis IX. In the fifth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when sinners who have been struck down and terrified by the Law are directed, not to the Word and the Sacraments, but to … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Lecture 17 again; Walther discusses Absolution: The Protestant churches, so called, which are outside of the pale of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, know nothing of the true way to forgiveness of sin by means of the Word and, in general, through … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Lecture 16 again; Luther vs. Zwingli, Go: [from Luther's commentary on Deut 4:28] “See whether our new schismatics and fanatics are not leading the people to trust in their own works. Take the Anabaptists: what are they doing, and what … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Lecture 16, Walther vs. Zwingli. Go: Apparently Zwingli has not wielded as great an influence as Calvin, but he laid the foundation of the Reformed Church before God snatched him out of the world of the living by a sudden … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Passing on now to lecture 15, we see Walther’s attention thankfully turning from the Reformed, to Lutheran Pietism. The quotes below are taken here and there from a much longer narrative. I omit “…” everywhere for the sake of flow. … Continue reading

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Horribly Resistible

Apropos of some recent discussion of Lutherans and resistible grace, I was listening to the latest episode of Table Talk Radio in the car this morning, and they addressed this topic again. For the fuller discussion, crack open the podcast … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

OK, so in the last post on lecture 14, I quoted what I saw as Walther’s legitimate (although Lutheran-biased) beefs with Calvinism. Here I’ll quote some straw-mannery in which Walther confuses “The Reformed” with “the sects of Reformed origin, including the Baptists, … Continue reading

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Methinks He Doth Protest Too Much?

I think this explains a lot. From the most recent Office Hours, RSC is interviewing Horton about his joint For/Against Calvinism project with Roger Olson. At about 7:50 in the audio, RSC has this to say: Let’s focus a little … Continue reading

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