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The Three Sisters and Ezekelian Apokatastasis

Ezekiel 16:44-58 This passage in Ezekiel caught me by surprise, and the surprise intensified when I read Robert Jenson’s commentary. I was not expecting an eschatological turn. Suddenly we find ourselves at what might be called a last judgment. Behold, … Continue reading

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Vicarious Faith, Tom Torrance, and a Few Memories

It’s not often these days that Eclectic Orthodoxy gets noticed, but over at Reformissio, Jonathan Kleis mentioned me in his recent article “Athanasius, T. F. Torrance and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ,” and I would be remiss if I did not … Continue reading

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Cheap Grace, Costly Grace, and the Justification of the Ungodly

When preachers become troubled by the presence of so many nominal believers in their congregations, they typically begin to stridently declare Bonhoeffer’s distinction between cheap and costly grace: “Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without … Continue reading

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Jerry Walls: The Necessity of Purgatory

Purgatory—speak the word and Protestant Christians will quickly shake their heads with disapproval. Here is a doctrine that decisively undermines the good news of God’s gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. The Anglican Articles of Religion describe it as “repugnant … Continue reading

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Debating Universalism: The Need to Do One’s Homework

“Therefore the question that must be asked is what, positively, do the Holy Scriptures in their fullness teach regarding the nature of the final condemnation and its duration.” This is the task that Fr Stephen De Young sets out to … Continue reading

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Justification as Adoption into the Trinitarian Life of God

It is time to move beyond the old and new perspectives. I find myself nodding in hearty agreement to Dr Tilling’s arguments and commend it for your consideration. But as I was listening to the lecture I kept experiencing a … Continue reading

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St Augustine on Justification by Grace

by Phillip Cary, Ph.D. To ask about Augustine’s view of justification is already something of an anachronism. To begin with, Augustine does not make a distinction between justification and sanctification. Of course he speaks a great deal about righteousness (i.e. … Continue reading

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