Wednesday, October 27, 2010

More Unpopular Opinions

1.  There are gradations of sin, just as there are gradations of evil.

2.  There will be gradations of reward and punishment in the afterlife.

3.  Not all sin rises to a level demanding eternal punishment.

4.  The curse of death and the curse of the law are not the same thing.

5.  Justification at any one point does not include the forgiveness of future sins.

6.  Justification is contingent upon personal repentance.

7.  Justification can be lost. 

8.  Future salvation is attained through perseverance.

9.  All men will be judged by God on the basis of their works.

Look for an upcoming post, "On the Sinfulness of Sin."

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Convocation Book 0f 1606, i.1

AMONGST the rest of the titles and attributes of God in the Scriptures, which are common to the blessed Trinity, these following are three, viz. Creator, Lord of lords, and King of kings; which be there applied as well to the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, the second Person in the said blessed Trinity, as to God the Father, and to God the Holy Ghost.  Agreeably whereunto, and not otherwise, our chief purpose being to imitate the Scriptures, in setting out and describing the Deity and dignity of our Saviour Christ, by His Almighty power, and universal government of all the world, as heir of all things, and head of His Church; we hold it fit to begin with His Divine power of creation:  and thereupon in the sense aforesaid do affirm that He in the beginning did create both heaven and earth; and that amongst the rest of the creatures which He then made, He created our first parents, Adam and Eve, from whose loins mankind is descended.

I Tim. 6: 15
Rev. 19: 16
Joh. 1: 2
Heb. 1: 3,10
Col. 1:16
Prov. 8:22-31
CANON I.

If any man therefore shall affirm with any Pagan, Heretic, Atheist, or any other profane persons, which know not, or [believe] not the Scriptures, either that heaven and earth [had no beginning, or that] the earth was made by angels, or [the Devil; that the world was not] otherwise made by Christ, than [as He was an instrument of] of the Father for the making [of it; or that He did not, as God,] create our said parents, Adam [and Eve, he doth greatly err.

PLACET EIS.].

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Introducing the Convocation Book of 1606

 John Overall, Bishop of Norwich


Monday, October 04, 2010

Susan Sarandon on her open-ended philosophy of relationships

From the Telegraph interview:

"They [Sarandon and actor Tim Robbins] never considered marriage. 'I've always liked the idea of choosing to be with somebody,' says Sarandon, who has two sons, Jack and Miles, with Robbins, as well as an older daughter, Eva, 25, from a previous relationship with the director Franco Amurri.

"'I thought that if you didn't get married you wouldn't take each other for granted as easily. I don't know if after twentysomething years that was still true.'

...
"She implies that her relationship with Robbins ran its course. 'You bring people into your life at certain times. Maybe you have a relationship to have children and you realise that it's fulfilled after that point.'

...
"These days she does not take anything for granted. 'What I've realised in my old age is that your relationship with people or with your job has to be a growing organism,' she says.

"'It's not something where you reach a certain point and then you start preserving it. You have to nurture it, you have to stay curious and hungry and foolish. Once you stop doing that you get satisfied and you get stuck.'"

That's some deep wisdom there, Susan.  Reeeeeal deep.