A Brief tour of Reformation Conditionalism (Part 2)

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{ A Brief Tour of Reformation Conditionalism  (Part 1) click here } The Zurich radicals didn’t elaborate, expound or theologically analyze the afterlife, but instead their views on personal eschatology were seen as bleeding through the pages of their letters and tracts because of their ecclesiastical eschatology. Their community mindedness formed their end-times view. A global, […]

Life Death and Destiny | Eternal Consequences

Eternal Consequences

( From Chapter Five: The Path to Immortality from Life, Death and Destiny) LIFE ONLY IN CHRIST (a) Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead. Therefore death, though real, is not the last word. There really is a final, eternal Kingdom of God. It is a huge and tragic mistake to live only for this present world. Rather, […]

A Brief tour of Reformation Conditionalism (Part 1)

When John Calvin wrote the Orléans draft of his first book, Psychopannychia, in 1534, one wonders how much direct exposure he had, if any, with the radical reformation wing of the Anabaptists.1  Calvin says that “pious persons invited and even urged” him to pick up his pen to refute “that absurd dogma” that he dearly […]

Where did all the souls go?

Souls are on the way out. Not just in our culture or in science, where some Christians may suspect “naturalism” as the culprit, but souls are on the way out of our Bibles. This is because of the ways in which our translations are getting better at conveying what was originally intended. Related posts: let […]

Life Death and Destiny | Resurrection

Resurrection

( From Chapter Five: The Path to Immortality from Life, Death and Destiny) THE TRUE PATH – Part Two As George E. Ladd observes, “Apart from the resurrection of Christ, all ideas of life beyond death are empty speculations…. The Christian hope, for Paul, is not a theory or a speculation; it was a certain fact which in turn […]

Life Death and Destiny | The Resurrected Body

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( From Chapter Five: The Path to Immortality from Life, Death and Destiny) THE TRUE PATH – Part One (a) Resurrection makes sense. Resurrection takes seriously both the reality of death and the wholeness of the human person. Resurrection means a new, transformed, immortal form of existence for the whole person who has died; new life, not as […]

Soul Sleep of the Swiss Brethren (Part 3)

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{ Soul Sleep of the Swiss Brethren (Part 1) click here } { Soul Sleep of the Swiss Brethren (Part 2) click here } Calvin’s harsh pen was the mildest form of opposition the Anabaptists faced. Another Anabaptist rose to prominence; Menno Simons in the Netherlands. Under Menno the Anabaptists circled the wagons and unified […]

Soul Sleep of the Swiss Brethren (Part 2)

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By Lerman D’Eon { Soul Sleep of the Swiss Brethren (Part 1) click here } Grebel didn’t live to see the Refutation, nor his character referred to as “a shade, in mocking allusion to the doctrine of psychopannychism”1 having recently died of plague. Manz however, was undaunted. Imprisoned, he penned a hymn still in use […]

Cast into Hell: Gehenna in Luke’s Gospel

It feels misleading to have a title like “Gehenna in Luke’s Gospel,” which gives the impression that I’m going to look at all the instances where Luke uses the word γέεννα (gehenna). Strictly speaking this is true, but Luke only uses the word once. When he does, he paints a grim but illuminating picture of […]

Soul Sleep of the Swiss Brethren (Part 1)

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During the period of Martin Luther’s challenges to the church, a somewhat parallel yet independent course of reform was taking place in Zurich. This Swiss Reformation led by Ulrich Zwingli was just as convinced as Luther that Scripture should take precedence over traditions, but how that worked itself out was very different. Both were strongly […]