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Rightly Dividing the Word

Negotiating Continuity and Discontinuity

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Often we find that differences among Christians over end-times views reveal broader disagreements about how to interpret the Bible as a whole. Ancient Gnostics (especially Marcion) rejected the Old Testament, pitting Yahweh the Creator God of the Jews against the New Testament Christ of Spirit and grace. Irenaeus, second-century bishop of Lyons, refuted Gnosticism not only at the level of its heretical doctrines, but in terms of its insistence upon a radical discontinuity between the two testaments. As a result, the church father's Against Heresies remains one of the most articulate explorations of covenant theology in the church's history.


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1 [ Back ] Paul Ricoeur, Figuring the Sacred (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1995), 162.
2 [ Back ] Ricoeur, 162.
3 [ Back ] Ricoeur, 171.
4 [ Back ] Ricoeur, 172.
5 [ Back ] Ricoeur, 173.
6 [ Back ] Ricoeur, 176.

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Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Rightly Dividing the Word" Sept./Oct. 2010 Vol. 19 No. 5 Page number(s): 15-20

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