Guess the Good Guys: Hat Trick Friday


These three quotes come from three different good guys.

“Pietist and Rationalist have ever hunted in couples and dragged down their quarry together. They may differ as to why they deem theology mere lumber, and would not have the prospective minister waste his time in acquiring it. The one loves God so much, the other loves him so little, that he does not care to know him.”

“Powerful movements, like those that Pietism had called forth in Germany and Methodism had unleashed in England and America, all had in common that they shifted the center of gravity from the object of religion to the subject. Theology followed this track in the systems produced by Kant, Schleiermacher, and their schools.”

“God has granted American Christianity no Reformation. He has given it strong revivalist preachers, churchmen and theologians, but no Reformation of the church of Jesus Christ by the Word of God….American theology and the American church as a whole have never been able to understand the meaning of ‘criticism’ by the Word of God and all that signifies. Right to the last they do not understand that God’s ‘criticism’ touches even religion, the Christianity of the church and the sanctification of Christians, and that God has founded his church beyond religion and beyond ethics….In American theology, Christianity is still essentially religion and ethics….Because of this the person and work of Christ must, for theology, sink into the background and in the long run remain misunderstood, because it is not recognized as the sole ground of radical judgment and radical forgiveness.”

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10 Responses to Guess the Good Guys: Hat Trick Friday

  1. RubeRad says:

    Somebody’s been listening to WHI, eh? I heard those first two out of Horton’s mouth just this morning (but I have no idea who he was quoting). Can I expect the third on my drive home?

  2. Chris Donato says:

    Does the last quote come out of Christless Christianity?

  3. Chris Malamisuro says:

    How about Packer, Rosenbladt, and Bonhoeffer, respectively?

  4. Zrim says:

    Chris M. has one of them correct and in the right order…

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  6. Todd says:

    Hey Zrim,

    Can you send me your personal email address at



  7. Chris Malamisuro says:

    OK, I think I got it now, if it’s not too late to win the grand prize: Warfield (not Packer), Bavink (sp?), and Bonhoeffer.

  8. Zrim says:


  9. Bruce S. says:

    Speaking of keyboard anomalies, what ever happened to the Zrim that never capitalized the first letter of sentences?

  10. Zrim says:

    The references to the quotes go like this:

    1.) B. B. Warfield, “Our Seminary Curriculum,” in Selected Shorter Writings of Benjamin B. Warfield-I, ed. John E. Meeter (Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1970), 371.

    2.) Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Vol 3: Sin and Salvation in Christ, ed. John Bolt, trans. John Vriend (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006), 556.

    3.) Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Protestantism without the Reformation,” in No Rusty Swords: Letters, Lectures and Notes, 1928-1936, ed. Edwin H. Robertson, trans. Edwin H. Robertson and John Bowden (London: Collins, 1965), 92-118.

    That sure makes it look like I am well read, doesn’t it? Rube was onto me though; I lifted it all out of a recent article by Horton:


    I stopped the lower cap thing when some snotty Presbies didn’t grasp the content of my form, namely that I don’t take myself all that seriously. Evidently, it was way too distracting to those who over-realize even this medium.

    …oh, and Chris M. wins. Good job, Chris.

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