Blog Posts by Aaron Denlinger

Luther on Divine, Human, and Puppy Love

Article by   February 2015
We tend, perhaps, to think of divine love as something akin to, albeit much greater than, human love. We tend, in other words, to assume that God's sentiments towards us are much bigger and stronger than, but fundamentally similar to,... continue

Two Ways to Build a Tower: Calvin on Gen. 11.1-8

Article by   January 2015
The details of the story are fairly well known: Noah's descendants, still within Noah's lifetime (by Calvin's reckoning), pooled their various talents and employed their common tongue towards the end of building a really big tower. God, unimpressed by their... continue

On Snobbish Felines and the Freedom of the Human Will

Article by   January 2015
Our local veterinary clinic -- where our dog, for reasons I'd rather not relate, is not welcome -- has a letter board on their grounds which typically displays humorous messages about animals. The message on display earlier this week caught... continue

Scotland, Reformed Orthodoxy, and Tobacco

Article by   January 2015
Despite its premature appearance on Mark Jones's Top Ten List Of Books That Will Never Make A Top Ten List, tomorrow marks the official release of Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland: Essays on Scottish Theology 1560-1775 (Bloomsbury Academic). Scholarly views on... continue

Back to Business as Usual: Calvin on Gen. 9

Article by   January 2015
The flood waters having receded, and Noah and family having disembarked from the ark, it was back to business as usual on earth in a number of discernable ways. Thus we see, firstly, the restitution of the creation ordinance of... continue

Putrid vs. Perfumed Worship: Calvin on Gen. 8.20-21

Article by   December 2014
Noah's first deed upon exiting the ark -- at least as recorded in Scripture -- was to build an altar and offer unto God sacrifices from the "clean" animals and birds which had accompanied him and his family on his... continue

A Tale of Christmas, Kirk, and King

Article by   December 2014
As is generally known, the Scottish reformers took a dimmer view of Christmas festivities than their continental peers. When Knox and company drafted the (First) Book of Discipline for the newly Reformed Kirk, they identified Christmas -- along with "holy... continue

The Deceitfulness of Atheist Advertising

Article by   December 2014
Atheist activists are making headlines for recent advertising efforts, this time in the southern states of America. Several years ago a similar effort in the United Kingdom caused some degree of consternation among British evangelicals. I was living in Scotland at the... continue

Noah's Miraculous Floating Zoo: Calvin on Gen. 7.1-24

Article by   December 2014
In Calvin's judgment, the biblical story of Noah's ark constitutes "history" in the proper sense of the term (i.e., it happened more or less as described). Calvin is quite concerned, however, to emphasize to his readers that God played an... continue

Exclusive Psalmody in the Early Modern Kirk?

Article by   November 2014
On more than one occasion I've heard advocates of exclusive psalmody invoke the supposed practice of singing only the inspired psalms by the earliest generations of Scottish Reformed believers as historical precedent and support for their position. There's no question... continue
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