John Pearson on the History of “Believing” vs “Believing in” and its Definition as Assent

In a previous post John Brown noted that the distinction between “believing” vs “believing in” appeared to have originated with Augustine. He likely had John Pearson’s 1659 “Exposition of the Creed” in mind, given that Pearson references the same quote from Augustine that Brown does. Here are Pearson’s comments, preceded […]

John Brown on “Believing” vs “Believing in”

John Brown was a 19th century Scottish minister (grandson of John Brown of Haddington). Spurgeon said in his Commenting and Commentaries, ‘Brown is a modern Puritan of the utmost value.’ In his commentary on Galatians, Brown discusses the nature of saving faith in a very interesting footnote. He argues that […]

Scripturalism and Analytic Philosophy

According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP), the school of analytic philosophy originated at the beginning of the 20th century as G.E. Moore and Bertrand Russell broke away from the tradition of Absolute Idealism and instead advocated a kind of Platonic Realism that was expressed in terms of “propositions” […]

James Bannerman on “Scripture Consequences”

Appendix F: SCRIPTURE CONSEQUENCES “The whole counsel of God,” says the Confession of Faith, “concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or, by good and necessary consequence, may be deduced from Scripture; unto which nothing at any […]

What is it to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ?

  Introduction What is saving faith?  In Acts 16, Luke recounts the immediate question of a jail-guard after he realizes that his prisoners, Paul and Silas, are evangelists from God. The Philippian jailer says:  “What must I do to be saved?”  It is hard to overstate the significance of this […]

Scripturalism and the Gettier Problem

By Doug Douma and Luke Miner   So the story goes, epistemologists had long held knowledge to be justified true belief (JTB). (A story to be doubted according to Alvin Plantinga.) (That Clark held to JTB rather than just “true belief” (TB) Doug has argued in Gordon Clark’s Theory of […]

Obscure Clark-Quote on the Trinity

In The Trinity, Clark points out that Platonic Realism helps to answer many questions regarding the doctrine of the Trinity.  However, Clark’s solutions also raise additional questions.  In the quote below, Hodge attacks the view Clark holds and Clark makes a very interesting response.   “…Hodge is violently opposed to […]

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