Category Theodore Beza

What Does the Practical Syllogism [assurance of salvation] Have to Do With Modern Theology’s Turn-to-the-Subject?

For people concerned about such things—I haven’t come across anyone who seems to be for a long time now, which normally I would think is a good thing, but I’m afraid that the reason why is not for a good reason—the doctrine of assurance of salvation and certainty about one’s eternal destiny has a long […]

Distinguishing John Calvin from Theodore Beza

*Repost on John Calvin number four. Bear in mind that my approach, and some of my views and emphases have changed (matured, maybe?) somewhat since I originally wrote some of these posts.  Calvinism is not a monolithic reality (thus this blog), historically, often times I find, when interacting with Classic Calvinists, that there is the […]

Assurance of Salvation, The Difference Between Calvin and Beza-Between Evangelical Calvinism and Classic Calvinism

Calvinism is not a monolithic reality (thus this blog), historically, often times I find, when interacting with Classic Calvinists, that there is the pervasive belief that “their” tradition is pure gospel without development. I think the following, at least, illustrates that this is too reductionistic, and in fact there is significant disagreement between someone like […]

Responding To Tim Challies §3: Theodore Beza, "Need Some assurance . . ."

The following is a very apropos repost that I am putting up in my series “Responding To Tim Challies” on assurance of salvation. My mom is in town this weekend, so I don’t have a lot of time to devote to blogging, but I wanted to keep the flow going; and I think this post […]

Needing some assurance . . .

. . . May Theodore Beza comfort your soul: In order to resist this second [temptation], it is necessary to know if we have this faith or not. The means is to ascend (monter) from the effects (effets) to a knowledge of the cause (cause) which produces them. Now, the effects (effets) that Jesus Christ produces […]

Exposing an Aspect of Classic Calvinism: Distinguishing John Calvin from Theodore Beza

Calvinism is not a monolithic reality (thus this blog), historically, often times I find, when interacting with Classic Calvinists, that there is the pervasive belief that “their” tradition is pure gospel without development. I think the following, at least, illustrates that this is too reductionistic, and in fact there is significant disagreement between someone like […]