Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The purpose of "The Full Assurance of Understanding"

This is a Greek scholar by the name of John Eadie who wrote on Colossians 2:2. A very interesting take, and he justifies it by the way the Greek is set up. I found this to be quite a nugget of truth and wanted to share with everyone else:

"that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself"  Col. 2:2 NASB

The full assurance of understanding” is the fixed persuasion that you comprehend the truth, and that it is the truth which you comprehend.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Obligatory Paper on Calvinism

There was a first part to this paper, but it wasn't that good and was only there because my class required it.  

Consistent Calvinism
This paper however, is not concerned with what Calvin may or may have not believed1 but with the goal of consistent theology. The author believes that one cannot throw out the doctrine of Limited or Particular Atonement without the whole system of Calvinism breaking down. As Lorraine Boettner put it, “Prove any one of them [the five points] false and the whole system must be abandoned” (Boettner 46) RC Sproul also agrees:

I think that if a person really understands the other four points and is thinking at all clearly, he must believe in Limited Atonement because of what Martin Luther called a resistless logic. Still, there are people who live in a happy inconsistency. I believe it’s possible for a person to believe four points without believing the fifth, although I don’t think it’s possible to do it consistently or logically. However, it is certainly a possibility given our proclivity for inconsistency (Sproul 142).

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Problem of Enoch: Articles and Sources

Main Enoch post
Hey guys! I have listed some of the main resources I have found helpful for the study of 1 Enoch. I am sure I will be adding more to it. I have sections for:              

  • 1 Enoch translations
  • Analysis
  • Jude and Pseudepigrapha
  • Early Church Sources                      ** = freely available online

Translation of 1 Enoch:

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 1 - a collection of the OT psuedepigrapha including 1,2, and 3 Enoch, Charlesworth is the standard these days and incorporated much of the new manuscripts.

**Text of 1 Enoch with commentary - This is a standard translation of 1 Enoch by RH Charles, a respected scholar in the field. He has a great introduction and shows how the Jews, the Early church, and even how the New Testament parallels 1 Enoch. He then has a great commentary on every verse of Enoch. It is old though, and we have found more manuscripts of 1 Enoch since Charles, but it is freely available online.