Exactly 20 years ago, on December 15, 1989, a small crowd of parishioners of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Timişoara gathered in front of the church flat where their pastor lived. The occasion was the eviction orders to their pastor set for that day by a Romanian civil court. The group formed a human chain around the flat. When the police arrived to remove the pastor from the flat, the crowd had grown to several hundred strong; they were singing hymns in the brutally cold weather and from their words the police guards understood that the people were determined to stay and prevent the eviction of their pastor.
This year, as many have already noted, marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Thesis, the generally-accepted official start to the Reformation. But for this monumental anniversary, let’s look at some of the most important—and almost always overlooked—factors that allowed the Reformation happen. Let’s not give Luther all the credit, though he certainly deserves a lot. […]
For immediate release: Blaming Moses: Rejections of Mosaic Civil Law during the Early Reformation. Powder Springs, GA: American Vision Press, 2016. $30.00. The published version of my doctoral thesis is finally here. Let me tell you why this is so important. If you have any affinity for biblical law at all, you’ve probably tried to […]
This Reformation Day, we will hear once again all about Martin Luther, the 95 Theses, maybe John Calvin, and maybe a bit about the five solas. It’s all good stuff, but it’s just a small portion of the legacy of the Reformation, and by focusing on the same old smidgen that is all about personal […]
In my recent piece on revisionism, I argued for the need to understand church history in its socio-economic and political setting. I would like to give you an example of that today to show why it is so important to understanding not only the history but our own time as well. A paragraph from Cantor’s […]
An unfortunate example of the fallacy of Epithet comes in the writings of John Calvin himself. That such a gifted theologian as Calvin commits this error testifies again to the insidious nature of fallacies – even the best can and do fall prey.