A good way of determining the progressive landmarks of theology might be by selecting typical texts to describe the points made emphatic by the principal teachers of the church. Thus, to take only six. I would connect the name of Athanasius with the word, 'Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost'; Augustine, with the words, 'By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God'; 'Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly'; Anselm, with the words, 'Christ suffered for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God'; Remigius: 'I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. My sheep hear my voice'; etc.; Luther: 'Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified'; and Calvin: 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who...hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.'
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Landmarks in Theology
John M. Brentnall, 'Just a Talker': Sayings of John ('Rabbi') Duncan, p. 264: