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The Catholicity of the Reformation

1 August 2018 | Filip Sylwestrowicz

Every week I say in the Church: “I believe (…) the holy catholic Church”. Oftentimes this causes me to meditate on this truth of the Christian faith. I do confess the catholic Church, but in everyday language I call myself a Protestant and not a Catholic. Protestantism is often perceived – also by Protestants themselves…

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The Political Implications Of Luther’s “Priesthood Of All Believers”

4 July 2018 | Jordan Ballor

The eminent historian Thomas A. Brady Jr. once observed that “in the history of political thought, Martin Luther’s role is a small one.” Usually Luther is understood as giving theological sanction to the rise of political absolutism. As Quentin Skinner writes, “there is no doubt that the main influence of Lutheran political theory in early…

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Discovering Reformed Theology through the Old Testament

9 March 2018 | Filip Sylwestrowicz

“Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed”.  Gal 3:7-8, ESV It was only a few years ago that these words turned my…

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Evangelical Reformed Church of Lithuania: Interview with Rev. Rimas Mikalauskas

10 January 2018 | Tolle Lege

Tolle Lege: Could you tell us about the history of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Lithuania? Rimas Mikalauskas: Our history began with the Reformation in sixteenth century, when Poland and Lithuania were one country – the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The country, however, was not homogenous. In the Grand Duchy of Lithuania law was regulated by the Statutes…

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Theological Dependence of Non-American Protestantism

27 December 2017 | Filip Sylwestrowicz

It is hard to underestimate the impact of American Christianity on conservative Protestant circles outside of the United States. Naturally, it is a huge oversimplification to speak about “non-American Christianity.” Protestantism in wealthy countries, for example, is different from Protestantism in third-world countries. And Protestantism in places where Roman Catholicism or Orthodoxy have dominated is…

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Faith Seeks Understanding

14 October 2017 | Tolle Lege

I acknowledge, Lord, and I give thanks that You have created Your image in me, so that I may remember You, think of You, love You. But this image is so effaced and worn away by vice, so darkened by the smoke of sin, that it cannot do what it was made to do unless…

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