Category Archives: Ecclesiology

The Dispensation of Paganism

That’s Newman’s expression for “the dealings of God with those to whom He did not vouchsafe a written revelation” (from Arians of the Fourth Century, in The Genius of Newman, 178). Newman finds a type of this dispensation “in the history of Balaam … Continue reading

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Aquinas vs. Newman on doctrinal development

In discussing whether the articles of faith “creverint secundum temporum successionem,” Thomas considers the following objection: Sicut per apostolos ad nos fides Christi pervenit, ita etiam in veteri testamento per priores patres ad posteriores devenit cognitio fidei, secundum illud Deut. … Continue reading

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Priestly Authority

Hus, Wycliffe, or Luther were not the first to interpret the priesthood as a bid to monopolize the graces given to all the elect. Nor were Machiavelli and Spinoza the first to interpret Israel’s polity in secular terms. No, all of … Continue reading

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Negotiating Dual Citizenship

The thesis of The Mighty and the Almighty: “Central to a Christian theological account of the state is an understanding of the duality of state authority mediating divine authority and an aunderstanding of the duality of Christians being under the … Continue reading

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Wolterstorff on Liberal Democracy and Virtue

In The Mighty and the Almighty, Wolterstorff identifies three possible forms of state governance, arguing vehemently for the first, tentatively endorsing the second, and flatly rejecting the third. They are as follows: 1) curbing injustice (codifying criminal law and maintaining a … Continue reading

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Cyprian of Carthage on the Episcopacy

“Episcopatus unus est, cuius a singulis in solidum pars tenetur.” (De ecclesiae unitate 5) Every phrase in that sentence matters: episcopacy is one power, wielded individually by bishops in communion.

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Jews, Greeks, and Church of God

Paul’s Jewishness notwithstanding, it’s clear that at least by the time of 1 Corinthians, he had come to think of the Church as conceptually distinct from the Jews and from the pagans: ἀπρόσκοποι καὶ Ἰουδαίοις γίνεσθε καὶ Ελλησιν καὶ τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ” (10:32) Christians are, overwhelmingly, Gentile followers of … Continue reading

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