Archive | November, 2012

Christian Culture vs. Clan Culture

If the church fail in its duty, the temporal lords may rightly and lawfully deprive it of its temporal possessions; the judgment of such failure lying not with the theologian but with the civil politician. Imagine a nation where such is the fundamental presupposition for all church-state relations: The civil government officials keep the churches […]

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Augustine’s Two Cities Are Not Horton’s Two Kingdoms

We saw in the previous article that neither the historical context of the times nor the view of Augustine concerning the Law supports the claims that Augustine ever preached or taught a two-kingdoms theology; neither can he be considered its founder. The historical context was the very century after Constantine, when emperors openly proclaimed the […]

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Augustine vs. the Two-Kingdoms Theology

The modern argument of the two kingdoms is a fairly recent development; it appeared in the late 1990s as a rhetorical retort against Theonomy. For over 20 years after the publishing of R.J. Rushdoony’s Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) and over 10 years after Greg Bahnsen’s Theonomy in Christian Ethics (1984), the Reformed seminaries – […]

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Relationship vs. Purpose: How the Church Destroys the Christian Family

Years ago, an American Reformed missionary in Europe complained to me that in the church he had planted, there was only one family. “Well,” I said, “why don’t you encourage the single ones to marry.” “It wouldn’t work,” he replied grimly, “they are mostly women. They don’t need my encouragement. But there are no men […]

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