Berkouwer, Calvin and Calvinism

Berkouwer has close affinities with ‘the old Dutch biblical piety, not seized by dogmatic insights but steadily pressing toward a purified life of faith according to the Scriptures’ (Carl Bangs, Arminius: A Study in the Dutch Reformation, p.21). This ‘old Dutch biblical piety’ is similar to Berkouwer’s insistence that election is not a special gnosis […]

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Only for the sake of the truth

“If apologetics becomes a fight over a system … it becomes something very different from the ‘giving an answer’ for faith that the New Testament asks for. The struggle may not be waged for the sake of a fight, but only for the sake of the truth. There must, therefore, never be lust for victory […]

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Hearing and Speaking the Word of God

If theology is to speak adequately of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it must be thoroughly committed to hearing “the powerful witness of the ‘tremendous’ Word that always speaks against us so that we can learn to stop speaking against it.” (A Half Century of Theology, p. 74). This quotation is taken from Berkouwer’s account […]

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