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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Twelve Theology Books of Christian History

Over at The Scriptorium, Fred Sanders offers a list of the top twelve theology books of Christian history, as used at the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University. Here are the books:

  1. Selections from the Bible: Paul's Letters and John's Gospel

  2. Irenaeus of Lyons, Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching (circa 150)

  3. Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation (circa 325)

  4. Gregory of Nazianzus, The Five Theological Orations (circa 381)

  5. Cyril of Alexandria, On the Unity of Christ (circa 440)

  6. Augustine of Hippo, The Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Love (circa 430)

  7. Anselm of Canterbury, Cur Deus Homo (Why God Became Man) (circa 1100)

  8. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae selections (circa 1270)

  9. Martin Luther, Selections (circa 1530)

  10. John Calvin, The Institutes (circa 1559)

  11. The Heidelberg Catechism by Ursinus and Olevianus (circa 1563)

  12. John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (circa 1678)

Click here to learn more about these selections.

--The Catechizer


Friday, July 19, 2013

Cut Time in Purgatory by Following Pope on Twitter!

Finally! Since the sufferings and death of Christ are obviously insufficient to cover my guilt, an adequate substitute has been discovered...Twitter! That silly Martin Luther (tsk, tsk, tsk); thinking a man could be justified by faith alone. If he only knew that indulgences would come so far in the modern era, he may have understood their usefulness.

All sarcasm aside, in its question and answer #61, the Heidelberg Catechism responds to the idea that faith in the satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, alone, is somehow lacking, pertaining to what is required by God of man. In question and answer #30, the catechism addresses the assertion that in addition to Jesus, ones' self, so-called saints, or any other source might be a reasonable increment to the Savior's work. In its response, the confession states that, "...although they make their boast in (Jesus), yet in their deeds they deny the only Savior; for either Jesus is not a complete Savior, or they who by true faith receive this Savior, must have in Him all that is necessary to their salvation."

Forsake all others and place the whole of your faith and trust in the substitutionary righteousness and atonement of Jesus of Nazareth. He alone can save, and that to the uttermost. His works are complete (John 19:30), and need no improvement or supplement (Romans 9:11b).

--The Deacon