Posted by: reformedmusings | August 31, 2007

News Around the Blogs

Time has been critically short here. I anticipate a gap in blog participation for a week or more due to work commitments. I thought that I’d catch folks up on the happenings around the blogosphere.

Green Baggins offered an Analogy for DW, which created a firestorm of over 200 comments. That has to be close to a record. Lane also posted on Wilkins’ parallel theology to Westminster, as well as Wikins’ comments on Imputation and Merit. He also critiques Dr. Leithart on the Psalms and Prophets. As usual, I have a number of insightful comments in these discussions.

Over at the Heidelblog, Dr. R. Scott Clark is expositing the Nine Points of Synod Schereville. Here is Point 1, Point 2, Point 3, Point 4, Points 5-6, Points 5b-6, and Point 7 so far. He also links to a great interview with Gary Johnson.

On the news front, Federal Vision ushered another supposedly Reformed man to Roman Catholicism (HT:Dr. Clark). Like Dr. Clark, I expect to see more of this. While there are significant differences between Federal Vision and Romanism, it has enough commonality that it can usher people in that direction very easily, especially through its sacramentalism.

UPDATE: The author of the Roman Catholicism post wrote a clarification. Although he attempts to limit the damage of this original post to Federal Vision, I find the clarification largely irrelevant. He may not have intended to speak against the Federal Vision, but the content certainly does.

Also, John Piper wrote The Future of Justification: A Response to N.T. Wright which will be released soon. One Federal Vision proponent initially trashed Piper and the book without ever reading it. He later retracted his comments after he found out that Doug Wilson (who actually read an early draft) endorsed the book as worth reading. Oops. Everyone makes mistakes, but one should at least actually read a book before publicly trashing it and its author. I’m grieved to say that this particular Federal Visionist is a PCA teaching elder. I wonder if all this counts for covenental faithfulness at the Federal Vision’s “final judgment.”

There’s a very nice summary of the whole Federal Vision thing as it appears on the web at gajunkie’s blog. gajunkie seems to be an observer of Presbyterianism in general. There are quite a few good articles on his site. The cited page is a nice one-page reference point.

I have a post started on the New Testament view of election and how it contrasts with the Federal Vision’s erroneous views. It is on hold until I can finish it when the workload here lightens up a bit. Again, that will probably be a week or two. In the meantime, be sure to keep up with Green Baggins and Dr. Clark.



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