7 Theses on Historical Loyalties

Grounded loyalty is an inescapable part of historical studies, and attempts at academic detachment are simply attempts that reveal misplaced loyalty to a guild of¬†historians (say) instead of to (say) your nation. What I want to do here is offer seven theses that might help us approach this most helpful truth from various angles. 1. …

Consolidation, Expansion & Revival (1600-1800)

Recovering truth is one thing. Preserving it is quite another. In the Reformation, the great truths of justification by faith and a gospel of sovereign grace were wonderfully recovered. In the centuries that followed, these truths were consolidated, expanded, and, in many cases, set on fire. In other instances, unfortunately, they were dried like pressed …

The Reformation Was Personal

Last post on this topic we looked at the central doctrines of the Reformation. Here I hope to identify some of the central characters of the Reformation, and to fix some of the key dates in this great period of the church’s history. Because of the Incarnation, all doctrinal issues are ultimately personal in an …

A Millennium of Decline and Hope

Many moderns like to speak of this period in history as the Dark Ages. This terminology, unfortunately, is almost completely misleading, and was popularized by those who hated the Christian faith. Such terms are never neutral. For a counterexample, the Enlightenment was thoroughly humanistic, and must consequently be considered by us as the Endarkenment. From …