Etymology tells us that theology just means "the study of God." But defining theology has not always been so simple. Giving a definition of the term according to etymological considerations alone leaves questions open such as, "Does theology only have to do with the study of an object?" "Is theology distinctly Christian?" "Can any religion have a … Continue reading What is Theology?
The Reformed generally held to a real presence of Christ in the sacrament, or ordinance, of the Lord's Supper and the Particular Baptists of the seventeenth century are no exception. The Second London says: 7. Worthy receivers, outwardly partaking of the visible elements in this ordinance, do then also inwardly by faith, really and indeed, … Continue reading Reviewing & Clarifying the Lord’s Supper
Holding to so-called "man-made" confessions in our day and age of personal independence is somewhat of a social and religious taboo. On the one hand, holding to a religious confession seems too wooden and static for our modern style of fluidity. On the other hand, confessions are often too arcane for those living in this … Continue reading Confess! Confess! Confess! | The Baptist Reformation
Before I begin writing about this, I want to acknowledge a few things. First, New Covenant Theology (NCT) is not a monolith. This makes it incredibly difficult to critique. Granted that NCT is not a confessional position, there's no one organized statement as to what NCT is, or what NCT adherents believe about NCT. The … Continue reading The Nearsightedness of New Covenant Theology
Definitions: Ontological perfection: A simple (non-composed), necessary Being Who is self-existent, omnipresent, and omniscient. In short—God. Teleological goodness: An object is teleologically good to the extent it succeeds in meeting its intended purpose. Adam was created good, not ontologically perfect. God is that Being than which nothing greater can be conceived. Anselm's ontological argument has kept … Continue reading Three Reasons Anselm’s Ontological Argument Doesn’t Work For Islands and Ice Cream Cones