Sunday, February 3, 2008

Name the Author (without google)

This post is intended to illumine some of the real thoughts of the theological giants (keep in mind they are all giants) of the past:

1. "In this [fallen] state, the free will of man towards the true good is not only wounded, infirm, bent, and weakened; but it is also imprisoned, destroyed, and lost. And its powers are not only debilitated and useless unless they be assisted by grace, but it has no powers whatever except such as are excited by Divine grace."

2. "No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief."

3. "God decreed to save and damn certain particular persons."

4. “Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.”

9 comments:

jeremy zach said...

give us a hint......
maybe era or time period??

My first thought was a reformer theologian??

Jake C. said...

thats true, it is a little hard without an era...

so, they are all 16th century writers. thought is in the right direction.

St. Brianstine said...

Seems like a woman

uscang said...

just curious... why does it seem like a woman?

jeremy zach said...

Jacobus Arminius


yes!!!!

This is how I got here:
I saw Brian's post and immediately thought Calvinism, which lead my mind to start thinking about election. Then bam:: Arminius.

Jake C. said...

You got 50% J, only the first and third quotations are Arminius, but nice job, ur genius

St. Brianstine said...

So by default (if I know you) one of the others (I am guessing #2) is Calvin...which means #4 must be a woman....

Jake C. said...

u do know me brian. but there is an equal symmetry between the two. 1,3 are Arminius and 2,4 are Calvin...so counter-intuitive

St. Brianstine said...

No woman! Dangit!