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By way of introduction I should like to forestall any expectation that this essay will give a clear cut solution of the problems involved and a vest-pocket rule of conduct. In the first place the question is a very difficult one and no less a man than Dr. K. Schilder has said: To my mind there may be cases where limitation of the number of children is desirable, yea even demanded. In such a case there are measures to be used which I do not need to name specifically, because I as theologian find these measures indicated for us in...

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In writing on the above subject one is inclined to help the reader just a little by rendering the technical term Eschatology by our simple phrase ‘The Doctrine of the Last Things.” However some caution is necessary here, for especially with Barthians, more than with other theologians we must be very careful in rendering his terms and concepts. This is true with respect to all of his work for Barth often struggles for an entire page trying and trying to say what he means, using: that is, I mean, in other words, by manner of speaking, etc. But this is...

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Since the above term is historically a shifting conception an attempted definition must serve provisionally to bring our discussion under way. We may, then, provisionally define it as the knowledge or system of knowledge of God derived from a reflection upon nature (embracing man himself, creation, and history) or an attempt to form such a system. And our interest in the discussion shall not be from a neutral History-of-religion viewpoint, but an approach and evaluation from the viewpoint of Reformed Theology. The main material for such a discussion may be found in the well-known standard Theologies of Calvin, Brakel, Ch....

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A clearer passage we have in Rom. 1:19-20 teaching that which is knowable of God is manifest in them, for God has showed it unto them: His invisible things. . . .are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, namely his eternal power and divinity. Now it is strange that Dr. Schilder would deny even this passage its probative force on the ground that Prof. Greijdanus would interpret conditionally “if the unseen things are grasped with the spirit, the mind, they are seen! The spiritual activity must continue, otherwise the seeing stops.” I cannot see anything that...

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Negative. It will be understood that in undertaking the negative arguments in this debate it is only with great reluctance that I contribute my side. The work that we shall discuss has so endeared itself to the hearts of thousands upon thousands of God’s people; the throb of life resounding in it is so correspondent to the life that throbs in the life of the Christian; the true church of God, in what we hold to be its purest historical manifestation has, so consistently used it and so strongly defended it against the inpugnments of the enemies; and we as...

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Negative Rebuttal: When the Negative now undertakes a refutation of the arguments of the opponent, we must clearly understand what the justified assumptions are. The Affirmative has plainly assumed too strongly the a priori validity of his position, and also assumed that he was defending the status quo. We take this connection to remind our esteemed opponent that his position far from a priori valid, is rather the decretal of group of men subject to the weaknesses that mark all men and its apriori probability of inherent truth is as weak or strong as their power of judging ultimate things,...

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By the “Ordo Salutis” is understood the series of acts or steps whereby the salvation which Christ has merited for His elect people is applied to them by the Holy Spirit of the exalted Christ. From this work the activity of the sinner himself is not indeed always consciously excluded. So, for example, Dr. Gerk. Vos in his definition uses the expression “subjectief toegeigend wordt”, and Dr. Bavinck says “Christ and His benefits are first actually applied and distributed in the internal calling, and from man’s side passively accepted in regeneration (en passief van s’ menschen zijde aanvaard)Dogm. Vol. IV,...

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In one of our recent Ministerial Conferences a paper was given on the “Biblical Conception of the Multiformity of the Church” and in the discussion of the paper that followed it became apparent that the greatest difficulty of the problem lay in factors of a naturally multiform race in a growing and developing dispensation, and the following is an attempt to enlarge somewhat on this phase of the problem. The so-called multiformity question is not a question of merely academic interest but is a question of tremendous importance because it concerns the will and the command of Christ to His...

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Before we enter upon our subject it may not be superfluous to determine what we mean by idolatry. This is the more necessary because of the definition which is so familiar to us, from the Heidelberg Catechism. For it is only because of the very practical purpose of the Catechism on the first commandment that we accede to and justify the very broad and somewhat figurative definition. It is also from this motive that Dr. A. Kuyper in his commentary, “E VOTO” includes all those things in which men seek their welfare without God and with bold and forceful strokes...

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The first point upon which the Holy Spirit will convict the world is with respect to sin. In our attempt to make real to our minds what is meant by this convicting work we might be inclined to transfer this operation to the day of Christ’s return and judgment of which the Bible so often speaks as the day when the secrets of men shall be revealed, as the day when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess to God, and when every man shall give account of himself to God. (Rom. 2:16; 4:11, 12). Yet this idea...

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