Tag Archives: Phillip Cary

Mortal Sin, Reflective Faith, and the Search for Assurance

The problem with mortal sin is that it’s so damned mortal. It scares me—as it rightly should. Mortal sin is nothing less than a state of spiritual death and impenitence. I know that the reason I was drawn to Martin … Continue reading

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Clinging to Externals: Weak Faith and the Power of the Sacraments

by Phillip Cary, Ph.D. Behind the debates about the objectivity of Christ’s presence in the Reformed view of the supper are crucial pastoral questions about the nature of faith, and I think it will bring clarity to the debate if … Continue reading

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Calvin and Luther: Is Jesus REALLY Present in the Supper?

by Phillip Cary, Ph.D. Is Christ’s body objectively present in the sacrament, according to John Calvin? Unfortunately, that depends on what you mean by “objective,” which is a slippery and ambiguous word with no exact equivalent in the 16th-century discussion. … Continue reading

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St Augustine and the Varieties of Monergism

by Phillip Cary, Ph.D. Synergism is just a Greek way of saying “co-operation,” which in turn is just a Latin way of saying “working together.” Paul uses the corresponding Greek verb when he describes himself and his colleagues as “co-working” … 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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Irresistible Grace: Is Sergius Bulgakov an Augustinian?

“The theophany of the parousia,” Sergius Bulgakov declares, “has all-conquering power and irresistible force” (The Bride of the Lamb, p. 492). As we saw in the previous article, he believes the persuasive power of the parousial manifestation of the glorified … Continue reading

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