Singing Pictures: Georgette de Montenay’s Emblems


Thanks to the work of E. J. Hutchinson, many of us are aware of Theodore Beza’s emblems. The enigmatic woodcuts and poetry of emblem books were also employed by less well-known Protestant writers, but no less vividly and even hauntingly, to picture life in light of God. Among these was Georgette de Montenay, a lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Navarre.

Divine Incomprehensibility and Man’s Knowledge of God


Can we know anything about God? The deity’s traditional designation as “incomprehensible” is apt to make the unsuspecting nervous that those who talk in such a way mean we cannot. This would be problematic, of course, because Scripture clearly indicates that we do know God, and things about God. As Jesus says in John 17.3, “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

“Plainly Diabolical”: Bishop Davenant Weighs in on Clerical Celibacy


John Davenant, as Lady Margaret Professor of Theology at Cambridge, gave a lecture in the 1610’s defending the thesis that: “Thus, marrying in the Sacerdotal Order is lawful, and the decree for its prohibition in the Church of Rome is unlawful, anti-Christian, and plainly diabolical.” In this post, I want to highlight some of the more pertinent parts of Davenant’s lecture as they relate to the present problems facing the Roman Catholic Church.

“Male and Female He Created Them: Genesis 1-3 and the Meaning of the Sexes” Lecture by Dr. Alastair Roberts


About the Lecture

Dr. Alastair Roberts argues for an understanding of male and female vocation within creation that mirrored the structure of God’s own creative work of first “forming” and then “filling” his world. In the Q&A, he particularly draws attention to the changed social and economic conditions of modernity which have rendered formerly intelligible distinctions of gender roles increasingly difficult to understand and apply.

Common Places: Aaron Denlinger on Being a Christian Historian


Dr. Aaron Denlinger joins the podcast and discusses some of the dangers surrounding a simplistic understanding of history and how his calling as a Christian historian compels him to be honest about heroes of history and the context of their lives.

 

Highlights

 

3:00-5:00 The dangers of a simplistic understanding of the Reformation.
5:00-10:00 Ways to grow in our understanding of our Protestant roots.
10:00-16:00 What is meant by “Reformed Orthodoxy” and what are some of its major characteristics?
16:00-19:00 How did the Westminster Standards become so influential in Scotland?
19:00-20:00 How do confessions help the Church?
20:00-21:00 The strength of the Scots Confession
21:30-26:00 How does a Christian historian make charitable judgments about the past?
26:00-30:00 How can a Christian historian serve the church?
30:30-33:00 Advice from a Latin teacher about teaching Latin.
33:15-35:00 The need for additional reading and translation of Early Modern theology that is still only accessible in Latin

 

Common Places: Fred Sanders on the Triune God


Systematic theologian Dr. Fred Sanders speaks of his discovery of theology, then discusses the Trinity. How is Trinitarian theology an act of praise? What do the missions of the Son and Spirit reveal about God? In classical Trinitarianism, what is a “person”? This and more!

 

 

Highlights

2:10 Fred Sanders’ advice to prospective graduate students
4:40 Sanders’ journey to the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA
6:20-7:40 His discovery of the Trinity through reading Ephesians 1
8:45-The importance of church membership for graduate students
12:30-16:30 How Trinitarian theology is an act of praise
18:15– The importance of Chalcedonian Christology
20:00– Fred’s program for fixing underdeveloped understandings of the Trinity by grounding confessionalism in Scripture
21:30-24:00 What do the missions of the Son and Spirit reveal about God?
24:00-26:00 In classical Trinitarianism, what is a “person”?
28:00-30:30 Discussion of the Spirit’s procession
31:00-33:00 Fred’s reflections on last summer’s online Trinity debates
33:25-35:45 The distorting influence of the gender debate on Trinitarian theology
36:00-39:45 His view of Eternal Functional Subordination and Eternal Generation
40:00-Jesus’ baptism and its relationship to Trinitarian theology