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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, ...
The Kuyper Option

The Kuyper Option

Kuyper’s Concept of the Church in the Context of Strategic Christian Action Ruben Alvarado Original version 2015 ; this version 2021 Abraham Kuyper, the giant of Calvinistic philosophy, theology, politics, and indeed pretty much every area of life, c...
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...
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...
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....