Blog Posts by Aaron Denlinger

The Fireproof Martin Luther

Article by   February 2015
The sixteenth-century papacy never succeeded in setting fire to Martin Luther, much to its chagrin. Support from a string of Saxon princes and political events in the Holy Roman Empire combined to keep Luther from Rome's grasp until he succumbed,... continue

"Your thoughts about God are all too human"

Article by   February 2015
So wrote Luther to Erasmus in his Bondage of the Will. Few if any phrases from Luther have been more misunderstood. One regularly sees Luther's words invoked to emphasize the transcendence, the otherness, of God. Luther criticized Erasmus, it is... continue

Luther on God's "Hardening" and "Softening" of Human Hearts

Article by   February 2015
In scholastic theological discourse, 'moral suasion' and 'physical influence' represent two different ways of getting someone to do something. If my goal were, say, getting my four-year-old daughter to the dinner table, I might employ 'moral suasion' by promising her... continue

Luther on Divine, Human, and Puppy Love

Article by   February 2015
We tend, perhaps, to think of divine love as something akin to, albeit much greater than, human love. We tend, in other words, to assume that God's sentiments towards us are much bigger and stronger than, but fundamentally similar to,... continue

Two Ways to Build a Tower: Calvin on Gen. 11.1-8

Article by   January 2015
The details of the story are fairly well known: Noah's descendants, still within Noah's lifetime (by Calvin's reckoning), pooled their various talents and employed their common tongue towards the end of building a really big tower. God, unimpressed by their... continue

On Snobbish Felines and the Freedom of the Human Will

Article by   January 2015
Our local veterinary clinic -- where our dog, for reasons I'd rather not relate, is not welcome -- has a letter board on their grounds which typically displays humorous messages about animals. The message on display earlier this week caught... continue

Scotland, Reformed Orthodoxy, and Tobacco

Article by   January 2015
Despite its premature appearance on Mark Jones's Top Ten List Of Books That Will Never Make A Top Ten List, tomorrow marks the official release of Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland: Essays on Scottish Theology 1560-1775 (Bloomsbury Academic). Scholarly views on... continue

Back to Business as Usual: Calvin on Gen. 9

Article by   January 2015
The flood waters having receded, and Noah and family having disembarked from the ark, it was back to business as usual on earth in a number of discernable ways. Thus we see, firstly, the restitution of the creation ordinance of... continue

Putrid vs. Perfumed Worship: Calvin on Gen. 8.20-21

Article by   December 2014
Noah's first deed upon exiting the ark -- at least as recorded in Scripture -- was to build an altar and offer unto God sacrifices from the "clean" animals and birds which had accompanied him and his family on his... continue

A Tale of Christmas, Kirk, and King

Article by   December 2014
As is generally known, the Scottish reformers took a dimmer view of Christmas festivities than their continental peers. When Knox and company drafted the (First) Book of Discipline for the newly Reformed Kirk, they identified Christmas -- along with "holy... continue
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