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Some Hermeneutical Principles of Seventeenth-Century Federal Theology (Part 4)

We will now identify and discuss four principles utilized by the federal theologians. 1.      The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture. 2.      The Analogy of Scripture (Analogia Scripturae) 3.      The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei) 4.      The Scope of Scripture (Scopus Scripturae)   Terms such as Christ-centered and Christocentric are used

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Some Hermeneutical Principles of Seventeenth-Century Federal Theology (Part 3)

We will now identify and discuss four principles utilized by the federal theologians. 1.      The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture. 2.      The Analogy of Scripture (Analogia Scripturae) 3.      The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei)   Muller defines analogia fidei as follows:   the use of a general sense of the

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Some Hermeneutical Principles of Seventeenth-Century Federal Theology (Part 2)

We will now identify and discuss four principles utilized by the federal theologians. 1.      The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture. 2.      The Analogy of Scripture (Analogia Scripturae) Here is Richard A. Muller’s definition of analogia Scripturae: “the interpretation of unclear, difficult, or ambiguous passages of Scripture by comparison with clear

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Some Hermeneutical Principles of Seventeenth-Century Federal Theology (Part I)

  We will now identify and discuss four principles utilized by the federal theologians. 1.      The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture. As an example of this principle, John Owen says, “The only unique, public, authentic, and infallible interpreter of Scripture is none other than the Author of Scripture Himself…that is,

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How the Doctrine of the Covenant of Works was Formulated (from SCRBPC 2014 lecture)

We are now asking this question: how did the older covenant theologians go from the Garden to the covenant of works? The answer is that they utilized long-standing hermeneutical principles somewhat typical of the entire Christian theological tradition from the early centuries to the post-Reformation era.[1] In other words, they utilized a pre-critical or pre-Enlightenment

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How the doctrine of the covenant of works was not formulated (from SCRBPC 2014 lecture)

We will now address the issue of how the doctrine of the covenant of works was not formulated. It was not formulated because the Westminster divines came up with a theory then tried to find it in the Bible, forcing biblical texts into a pre-conceived theological system (The same goes for the Savoy Congregationalists and

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A Typical Objection to the Covenant of Works: Stated, Answered, Concluded (from SCRBPC 2014 lecture)

A Typical Objection to the Covenant of Works   Many have denied the covenant of works for various reasons. For the sake of time, I want to deal with one typical objection.   1.      The Objection Stated   Probably the most obvious objection, and a very common one, is that the word “covenant” is nowhere

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