Category Archives: Authority

A Crucial Question: Westminster on Bonhoeffer

Indeed, what part of Romans 13 or 1 Peter 2 implies that civil disobedience, to say nothing of conspiracy to assassinate a magistrate, is a Christian virtue? The Valiant for Truth wonders: Here’s a crucial question: should “minister of the … Continue reading

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Objective Value

Reading Abolition of Man, and Lewis is blowing my mind with this sentence: A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery. In … Continue reading

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Guess Who

From a discussion of secular schooling: [Objection:] But participation in state schools is unwise for Christians. It aids and abets a movement toward greater state power, and hence toward a greater domination of unbelief in our society. I respect this … Continue reading

Posted in Authority, Christian life, Church and State, Church relations, Civil religion, Culture, Culture War, Education, Family, Legalism, Quotes, Reformed piety, Spirituality of the Church, Transformationism, Two-kingdoms, W2K, Who Said That | 39 Comments

But What About Anne Frank?

In my last post, we saw that Rahab’s treason and lying were not sinful, because God’s figurative consummation justice intruded into Jericho’s previous state of common grace, thus “the enemies of the theocracy lost the ordinary right to hear the … Continue reading

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American Polity Versus Christian Piety

The Christian life may be summed up in one word: obedience. The spirit of obedience is much harder to pursue than the letter of obedience. Though it certainly must include this sort of honest citizenship, Mark 12:13-17 is about much … Continue reading

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