October 23, 2020

This is the second installment in my series of notes from 17th and 18th century New England election sermons (see the first post here). In 1765, it was Andrew Eliot’s (1718-1778) turn to preach the annual sermon in Boston on election day, this time before Francis Bernard who, unlike Governor Shirely, was very unpopular in the Bay Colony. (Eliot’s sermon preached at the day of execution of Levi Ames in 1773 is also worth reading.) By way of brief biography,… Read more

October 23, 2020

It’s that time again, when well-know, platformed pastors provide their unsolicited, generally unhelpful, advice on electoral politics. Given that I always, almost without exception, find said advice to be subpar (to put it gently), I thought I’d provide some notes from an 18th century election day sermon, that is, from a time when pastors were more equipped to pontificate on matters of the state. Drinking deeply from the well of New England election sermons is, in my experience, surer to… Read more

October 21, 2020

There has been much talk of late about the adiaphora (“things indifferent”) in the context of church-state relations, especially in Reformed Evangelical circles (probably the only circles nerdy enough to have such discussions). The things indifferent, it is said, are those that fall into the temporal realm (as opposed to the sacred realm) to which Scripture either does not directly speak or is silent. These indifferent things are, therefore, it is maintained by some, strictly subject to Christian prudence and… Read more

October 7, 2020

Jonathan Leeman was recently on the Defend and Confirm podcast. The guys (Sean DeMars and Russell Berger) at D&C have been doing a series on critical theories, which I commend to you (especially for the uninitiated listener wanting an introduction to the relevant concepts). The Leeman interview is a bit of an interruption of said series but is, nevertheless, not totally off topic. The discussion between Leeman and the D&C hosts revolves around how Christians should engage with one another… Read more

October 3, 2020

  This is the beginning of a new series here at TCC. On the weekends (either Friday or Saturday, and probably in the wee hours) we will run short commentary on events, developments, hot topics, etc. from the preceding week. These posts (as often as they run) will be categorized under “Miscellanies” in honor of Jonathan Edwards. The thoughts (we almost went with “Pensées” as the title) will not necessarily be complete or definitive. Look for updates. Enjoy!  The latest… Read more

September 18, 2020

Over the past several decades, Reformed theology has enjoyed what has been called, in the spirit of the Reformers themselves, an ad fontes, a return to the sources, movement. The works of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Reformers are now more widely appreciated and studied thanks (and translated), in part, to the work of Richard Muller, and others, who have spent their careers drawing from obscurity the wisdom of the past. The result has been a broadening, deepening, and enriching of… Read more

September 5, 2020

Last week I took some live notes during the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation webinar, which marked the launch of the new organization dedicated, as the title indicates, to celebrating and furthering Scruton’s accomplishments and influence. I broke off my notes right before Roger Kimball and Douglas Murray started talking about Scruton’s treatment of religion. I wanted a chance to go back and watch the whole thing again before publishing that protion of the notes. The first round of notes can be… Read more

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