Book Thoughts #8: „Between Wittenberg and Geneva” by Kolb and Trueman

Kolb and Trueman’s Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation was on my to-read list ever since I heard that it is going to be published. Lutheran and Reformed churches have a lot in common. One would expect that this will lead to fruitful theological exchanges and indeed it is so in many parts of the world. In my native Poland, for instance, there is full intercommunion and sharing of pulpits between the Lutheran and Reformed Church. They also share one theological school and have mixed congregations in some places. And yet there seems to be relatively little contact or exchange of ideas happening between confessional/conservative Lutheran and Reformed bodies in North America. This book, therefore, appeared to be a valuable exception. And in some ways, it is so though I was hoping for more. 

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Reading Theological Classics #3: Apologies of Justin Martyr

Some time ago, I have written a blog post about the earliest group of Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers. Another group of writings that begun to form in the 2nd century are early Christian apologists. To this group belongs the Epistle to Diognetus (which is included in the corpus of the Apostolic Fathers) as well as writings of Quadratus of Athens, Tatian, Tertullian, Origen and others. Some of their works are preserved, others are known to us only from the name or short fragments cited by other authors.

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Book Thoughts #5: “Christian Baptism” by John Murray

John Murray’s famous little book „Christian Baptism” was on my list of the things to read for a long time but only recently I have found time to delve into it. I regret now that I did so that late. This brief treatment of the Reformed view of baptism is a true gem. As Murray himself stated in the preface, his aim in this book was to defend the practice of infant baptism as divinely instituted. But there is more to this book than just a defence of the paedobaptism. In fact, what I enjoyed most about it, were his thoughts on the understanding of the church and the relationship between God’s decreed will and historical administration of the covenant of grace. 

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