‘Bavinck: A Critical Biography,’ with Dr James Eglinton

Mere FidelityMatt, Derek, and I are joined by Dr James Eglinton to discuss Bavinck: A Critical Biography, his treatment of Herman Bavinck, the Dutch Reformed systematic theologian.

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Steven Duby and Joseph Minich on Divine Simplicity (‘The Lord Is One: Reclaiming Divine Simplicity’)

Steven Duby and Joseph Minich recently joined me to discuss The Lord Is One: Reclaiming Divine Simplicity, a book to which they both contribute essays, which has just been published by the Davenant Press. Steven Duby, associate professor of theology at Grand Canyon University, is also the author of Divine Simplicity: A Dogmatic Account and God in Himself: Scripture, Metaphysics, and the Task of Christian Theology, which was published last week.

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Davenant Hall Biblical Wisdom Course

The Davenant Institute has just established Davenant Hall, which offers online courses on a range of different theological topics at the affordable price of $99 for ten hours’ of classes. For the first semester of classes, I will be teaching a course on the subject of Biblical Wisdom, which will, in a far-reaching engagement with the text of Scripture, explore the theme of wisdom as it runs throughout it. If you are interested, there is no time to lose: the registration deadline is the 23rd of this month and there are limited slots!

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Sola Scriptura, Roman Catholicism, and the Quest for Certainty

I have been having some struggles with the doctrine of sola scriptura & private interpretation. The issue I’m running into is whether the Bible alone is actually sufficient to come to answers on primary (or what I view as primary) doctrines.

For instance, for several years I have been unable to come to any conclusive answer about what communion “is” (real presence, symbolic etc.). One can try to exegete as best as possible, use early church writings etc, but at the end of the day, it seems that it boils down to one’s best guess of what Jesus meant by “This is my body.” Luther, Calvin, Zwingli all had their own best guesses that differed from each other. Given that communion is a command of Jesus, the variety of viable opinions in Protestantism on how to practice/think about communion makes me feel that I will never be able to achieve any sense of certainty that I am even obeying Jesus’ command correctly or interpreting him correctly.

This same issue has been popping up for other doctrines, such as whether sacraments impart grace or not, is remarriage adultery etc.

At this point in my questioning, it is seeming to me that Protestantism, in framing Christianity by the Solas, is necessarily forced to subjectivize/be non-conclusive about matters that Protestants say are of secondary importance (communion, divorce etc) but may actually be of first importance.

This perceived “insufficiency” of fairly unanimously defining more crucial doctrines by Scripture alone is leaning me towards a Catholic position. On a practical level, I’m feeling that if I were to remain a Protestant, I would be piecing my religion together with no reasonable sense of assurance that I’m in the right ballpark, rather than accepting something revealed (ie. Catholicism) wholesale.

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