In the Vein of “Everything you ever learned was wrong”

There are the Jehovah’s Witness claims that the entire Christian church has always been wrong about, well, almost everything. Except for those few ECFs they could massage into some sort of superficial agreement, of course. Mormonism likewise asserts that all churches ceased to be true churches rather quickly following Christ’s ascension. Islam, with it’s idea of scriptural supercessionism and their revisionist version of what the Scriptures actually are, or taught, have a similar view of Christianity as a whole. It’s much the same with any other warmed-over historical error – be they large, as the wholesale replacement religions seen above …

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Augustine and Calvin on the Language of Corruption and Incorruption

Mortality, which in general, is the state of being susceptible, or of being subject to death, should be defined precisely, clearly, and unequivocally, if we are to speak on the subject. Not doing so will result in confusion, dissatisfaction, and eventually, error. This also requires us to speak to what this state presupposes, in order to be meaningful, or intelligible. Death, likewise, must be clearly, precisely, and unequivocally defined should we wish to deal with it.

“Now every fault injures the nature, and is consequently contrary to the nature. The creature, therefore, which cleaves to God, differs from those

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Propitiation, Wrath and Substitution

What is propitiation? That was one of the central elements of the Reformation of doctrine, and one of the most problematic issues in the modern Evangelical movement today. It has to do with many, many areas of theology, and we can’t possibly cover them exhaustively in a single blog post. But in a nutshell, what is it? In a nutshell, it is the “turning away of,” “appeasement” or “satisfaction for” the wrath of God due sinners. It is, therefore, intimately bound up to our notion of what the wrath of God actually is. It is bound up with sacrifice, atonement, …

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Why We Should Be Reformed Catholic

The role of tradition in a Protestant/Reformed theology is much broader and deeper than I can ever hope to go into here.

On the one hand there are Roman Catholics and other unbelievers who ignorantly mock the notion that Word and Spirit lead us into all truth because of the supposed abundance of disagreements within the Church.

On the other hand there are Roman Catholics and other unbelievers who piously shun the notion that Word and Spirit lead us to make such unflinchingly dogmatic affirmations of particular doctrines within the Church.

So it is a lose-lose situation for Roman Catholics …

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Debate: Annihilationism, with Chris Date

Chris Date is the host of the Theopologetics podcast, and says that he has been convinced over the past year of the truth of annihilationism, sought out the best arguments he could find, and found them lacking. He will be defending the following:

Resolution: “The final punishment of the risen wicked will be annihilation, the permanent end to the conscious existence of the entire person.”

The debate is tentatively scheduled for June, with a fairly standard debate format, to include Q&A from questions submitted beforehand.

Format:

  • 20-minute opening affirmative
  • 20-minute opening negative
  • 10-minute rebuttal affirmative
  • 10-minute rebuttal negative
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    Choosing Hats Friday Links

    Ron DiGiacomo tells Ben Wallis that he knows God – http://reformedapologist.blogspot.com/2011/12/no-true-agnostics-or-atheists.html

    Paul Manata excoriates Jerry Coyne on Alvin Plantinga – http://analytictheologye4c5.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/coyne-on-plantinga

    TurretinFan on the foundation of our religion – http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=4929

    James Anderson has moved his blog here – http://www.proginosko.com

    Anderson ties his article on logic back to Van Til – http://www.proginosko.com/2011/12/antitheism-presupposes-theism-and-so-does-every-other-ism

    Anderson rebuts Wallis – http://www.proginosko.com/2012/01/could-propositions-exist-contingently-a-response-to-ben-wallis

    There is a 50% off sale at WTS Bookstore – http://www.wtsbooks.com/sitesearch/search.php?keywords=Best-Seller+2011

    And a sale on some academic sets at CBD – http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/cms_content?page=329111&sp=1013&p=1165962

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    Answering Seven Reasons: Christ is Head of (the) Mormon Church?

    Continuing the series I started with in my prior post, we’re examining the About.com article “Seven Reasons Why Mormons are Christian”, by Rachel Bruner. In our prior post, recall that we examined 1) The remarks of their elder statesmen on this topic, 2) The distinct tendency on the part of the LDS to “redefine” terms in the Christian lexicon, and 3) The necessity for a transcendental argument to settle the question.

    In this installment, we will examine the first reason we are given for believing that Mormons are Christian.

    1. Christ is Head of (the) Mormon Church

    I’ve …

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    Sola Scriptura Debate

    Sorry for the long wait. The audio for the debate can be found here. A transcript (courteously provided by Mr. Marcum) can be found here.

    The full thesis: Sola Scriptura is an essential Christian doctrine, and necessary for instruction in faith and practice

    Debaters: Dan Marcum, myself

    Moderator: BK…

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    Responses to the assertions of Yasser Ali

    In the debate transcript, I have inserted my opponent’s answers, as I said I would. This post is intended to answer his assertions made therein, and to address the various problems I found with them. As of this posting, he has yet to offer his final questions, so I’m going to go ahead and offer comments on the debate in it’s entirety, and consider the debate closed. My questions will be italicized bold, his answers in italics, both will be in quote, and my responses in plain text. I will be offering more comments in the future, and …

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