How May We Know that There is a God?

One of the leaders of the Westminster Assembly, John Arrowsmith (1602-1659) sought to answer this question. His remarks are very interesting: There are six several acts which every man of [...]

Caterpillars and Butterflies: A Review of New Covenant Theology

The following is a review written almost 10 years ago on a topic still relevant today. Caterpillars and Butterflies:A Review of New Covenant Theology By Tom Wells and Fred Zaspel(Frederick, MD: [...]

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Divorce

The careful reader will notice that 2LCF chapter 25 differs from WCF 24 (remembering that after chapter 20 the numbers differ between the two confessions) in that it does not contain the [...]

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Praying in A Known Tongue

Here is a question I have been asked several times–sometimes with real concern. In 2LCF 22:3, which describes acceptable prayer in a variety of ways, the doctrine concludes with the phrase [...]

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Elect Infants

In many modern editions of 2LCF, chapter 10:3 begins simply ‘infants dying in infancy . . . .’ Other texts read ‘elect infants dying in infancy . . . . ‘ Which text is [...]

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Elect Angels

In 2LCF 3:3, we read ‘By the decree of God for the manifestation of his glory some men and Angels, are predestinated, or fore-ordained to Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ to the praise of [...]

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Private Spirits

Over the years, I have taught Symbolics in many places. Without fail, my students are bright and interested and ask me very useful and thought provoking questions. In a few posts over the next [...]

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Heresy

2. Archetypal error: the great heresies. We must consider the other side of this coin. Not only did the Puritans employ the writings of the Fathers as an aid in support of their orthodoxy, so [...]

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Theology

Let’s consider two key points. The study of the writings of their predecessors were important for two reasons—it established right and wrong doctrine and practice: 1. Archetypal theology and [...]

Puritan Patristics: Historical Continuity

Puritan Patristics A statement cited by Alister McGrath may serve as an entrée to our study. While not a puritan, the great Anglican Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626; a chief translator of the AV [...]