Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Myth of the Merely Hypothetical

A recent proposal in a Canadian Reformed classis to alter the Belgic Confession is already generating contentious discussion. The proposal specified:

God created the human race by making and forming Adam from dust (Gen. 2:7) and Eve from Adam’s side (Gen.2:21-22). They were created as the first two humans and the biological ancestors of all other humans. There were no pre-Adamites, whether human or hominid.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Canadian Reformed Classis Rejects Human Evolution

Yesterday, on March 11, 2015, Classis Ontario-West of the Canadian Reformed Churches held in Kerwood, Ontario adopted an important overture regarding theistic evolution.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Relations Between Australian and Dutch Reformed Churches

The Deputies Report to the Synod of the Free Reformed Churches in Australia (to be held in June 2015) has just been published. Of special interest is its recommendations regarding relations with its Dutch sister church, the Gereformeerde Kerken vrijgemaakt (i.e., GKV, referred to in the report as the RCN = Reformed Churches in the Netherlands).

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: More Than Myth?

Review: More than Myth? Seeking the Full Truth about Genesis, Creation, and Evolution, P.D. Brown and R. Stackpole, editors (Chartwell Press, 2014).

This recent book defends Old-Earth Creationism (OEC), also known as "Progressive Creationism". It consists of 11 chapters, written by 7 different authors, including one by Dr Hugh Ross. It is edited by Dr Paul Brown, science professor at Trinity Western University, and Dr Robert Stackpole, a Roman Catholic theologian.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

More Debate on Genesis

1. Creation Days - Real or Analogous?

At The Gospel Coalition website, Justin Taylor has just posted an article, Biblical Reasons to Doubt that the Creation Days were 24-hour Periods. According to their website, The Gospel Coalition is "a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Westminster Standards vs Theistic Evolution

Dr. William Schweitzer, adjunct professor at Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, has just published a worthwhile article, The Eight Elements of the Westminster Doctrine of Creation: Why They are Incompatible with Theistic Evolution [Puritan Reformed Journal 7 (2015): 256-268].

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Biologos, Evolution, and the Bible

PCA Pastor Rick Phillips has just posted an article Is Evolution Biblically Acceptable? the Question of Genesis 1.  He is reacting to the efforts by Biologos to promote the acceptance of evolution among evangelical Christians.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Lectures in Brazil

Recently I was had the privilege of visiting Brazil. I gave a series of four lectures on "Science and Christianity", hosted by the John Calvin Institute, the seminary of the Igrejas Reformadas do Brasil (IRB = Reformed Churches of Brazil), held at the Northern Presbyterian Seminary in Recife on Oct.23-25, 2014. The IRB was originated through mission work by the Canadian Reformed Church, which still supports it by sending missionaries and mission aid workers.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Lectures in the Philippines

Recently I spent two weeks in the Philippines. I had been invited by Pastor Glimar (Glem) Melo to give a series of lectures on "Science and Christianity". I gave these lectures three times, at three different locations.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Defective Case for Biblical Faith

How should we defend the faith? Dr Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy at Denver Seminar, addresses this question in his recent book, Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (IVP Academic, 2011). At 752 pages, this is a rather massive volume. It is quite readable, and contains much useful material. Unhappily, in my opinion, it has some serious flaws.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Guest Post: Herm-and-you-ticks

[This article appeared earlier in Una Sancta (Feb.8, 2014), a magazine of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (FRCA). Dr Anderson, a pastor in the FRCA, gives another useful analysis of the Hermeneutics Conference in Hamilton. He has permitted me to post it here].

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hermeneutics Conference Overview

The Hermeneutics Conference (Hamilton, Jan.16-18, 2014) is now long over (see previous post). This conference featured speakers from the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary (CRTS) and the Theological University of Kampen (TUK) of the Gereformeerde Kerken Vrijgemaakt (GKV), the Dutch sister-church of the Canadian Reformed Church. The main purpose was to debate traditional Reformed hermeneutics versus the "new" hermeneutics advocated by TUK.

Monday, December 30, 2013

God's Two Books and History

In discussions regarding origins, it is often asserted that God reveals truth through two books: His Word ("special revelation") and His works ("general revelation" or "nature"). Since God is the infallible author of both, they cannot contradict each other.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hermeneutic Showdown in Hamilton?

The Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary (CRTS) is currently advertising a conference entitled "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today", scheduled for Jan.16-18, 2014 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Combining Adam and Evolution

Can we harmonize an historical Adam with evolution? Many Christians believe so. Consider, for example, a recent Christianity Today article, "Where Did We Come From?", by Pastor Andrew J. Wilson. According to Wilson, Genesis says nothing about Adam and Eve that is contradicted by Darwinian evolution.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

No Bible for Christian Academia?

What role should the Bible play in Christian scholarship?

Only a very minor one, according to various Christian scholars.

Dr David van Drunen (professor at Westminster Seminary West, and OPC minister) argues that Scripture plays a major role only in theology, whose primary role is to interpret and explain special revelation.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Creation Days - Real or Analogy?

Are the creation days real days - or not? This has become a contentious issue in Reformed and Presbyterian circles.

In recent posts, Rev. G.I. Williamson (retired minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church) defends six-day creation, whereas Dr Vern S. Poythress (professor at Westminster Theological Seminary) favours analogical days.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Creation, QIRC, and QUACK

Dr Scott Clark (Associate Minister at Escondido United Reformed Church, and Professor at Westminster Seminary California) does not believe that God created the world in 6 historical days. Nevertheless, he still considers himself to be solidly Reformed. He is thus strongly opposed to those who affirm creation in 6 historical days as the only valid Reformed interpretation of Genesis 1 (I shall call this notion "6 historical days only" or 6HDO for short).

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Theistic Evolution: A Sinful Compromise

 Rachel Miller has just posted an informative review of Theistic Evolution: A Sinful Compromise, a recent book written by John Otis, pastor of a Reformed Presbyterian Church US (RPCUS) church in Burlington, North Carolina. Here a few points from the review.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Lectures in West Timor

I have just returned from West Timor, Indonesia, where I taught a short course on “Science and Christianity” at the Indonesian Reformed Theological College, near Kupang.