Baptism: Infant or Believers'?

Baptism: Infant or Believers'?

Baptism is a function of the doctrine of sin. That is the point the Dutch Reformed theologian Oepke Noordmans makes in his book, Liturgy in the Reformed Tradition . Interestingly, he makes this point in the context of a discussion of liturgy. To wit, ...
Dedication at the Founding of the Free University in Amsterdam

Dedication at the Founding of the Free University in Amsterdam

Delivered on October 19th , 1880 in the New Church, Amsterdam, by Dr. P. J. Hoedemaker And no blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “The Hebrews must not be allowed to make swords or spears.” Instead, all...
Politics, Church, and Kingdom

Politics, Church, and Kingdom

A Critique of Neocalvinist Politics A. A. van Ruler translated by Ruben Alvarado From the chapter “Church and State,” in Droom en Gestalte [Dream and Reality] (Amsterdam: Holland Uitgeversmaatschappij, 1947), pp. 189—214. All of this makes clear...
The Autonomy of Reason Considered from the Viewpoint of the Roman, the Lutheran, and the Reformed Church

The Autonomy of Reason Considered from the Viewpoint of the Roman, the Lutheran, and the Reformed Church

Translated by Ruben Alvarado (The fifth in a series of lectures on the subject of Cartesianism, given at the Free University, published in 1886) That the confessions of the Lutheran Church and of the Reformed Churches do not correspond in everything...
The Darkness Behind the World Stage

The Darkness Behind the World Stage

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 “Our struggle is not against flesh a...
The Politics of God and the Politics of Man

The Politics of God and the Politics of Man

Book Review: Stephen C. Perks, The Politics of God and the Politics of Man: Essays on Politics, Religion and Social Order (Taunton: Kuyper Foundation, 2016) This is an incisive, timely, needed book, because it addresses the two fundamental issues...
The Reformation and the Reformed Church

The Reformation and the Reformed Church

The principle of the Reformation: God's Word alone
Bohatec on Church and Law

Bohatec on Church and Law

The following is the concluding chapter from Book II of Josef Bohatec's magnum opus, Calvins Lehre von Staat und Kirche: mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des Organismusgedankens [Calvin's Doctrine of Church and State: with special attention to his ...
Fountainhead of Liberalism

Fountainhead of Liberalism

Fountainhead of Liberalism Ruben Alvarado Copyright © 1994 Ruben C. Alvarado this edition published 2013 on commonlawreview.com Originally Published in Contra Mundum, No. 10, Winter 1994, Symposium on Fountainhead of Federalism: ...
Church, Kingdom, Liturgy: The Political Language of the New Testament

Church, Kingdom, Liturgy: The Political Language of the New Testament

This article developed out of my reading of, in particular, Aristotle. I noticed that the word used in the New Testament, ekklesia, had a particularly charged political meaning in Greek. That led me to look for other words pertaining to the church and ...
Libertinism and Slavishness in Church and State

Libertinism and Slavishness in Church and State

This article dates from 2000, and was originally entitled, "Overblown Views of the Clergy and Sacraments." As such, it was directed against tendencies I had personally experienced in the church. The actual culprits I will leave unnamed; I imagine they...
New Light on the Spanish Inquisition

New Light on the Spanish Inquisition

This book review discusses one of the most misunderstood institutions in history. But what one needs to understand is that inquisition in one form or another is inescapable, and forms part of every society. Even today, in our oh-so-tolerant and liberal...
The Domestic Balance of Powers: Church, State, and Civil Liberty

The Domestic Balance of Powers: Church, State, and Civil Liberty

This article dates from 1991. It was one of my original forays into the area of church and state. As such, it is somewhat lacking in the nuance or balance of my later work. The basic principles nevertheless merit the deepest consideration, especially...
Kuyper versus Hoedemaker

Kuyper versus Hoedemaker

This is the text of a talk I gave back in early 1991 to various interested groups. The issue it raises is one that has only gotten more urgent; in fact, today it is a question of spiritual life and death. When will the church wake up to the dangers she...
The Judicial Role of the Church

The Judicial Role of the Church

This rather didactic piece follows the logic of church discipline into the arena of culture and public life. There can be no question of relegating the church to the private sphere; she will inevitably impinge on public life, or she will not be the church....