Polemics: A Defense of Defending

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po-lem-ic (pelem'ik) n-1 an argument, dispute, etc., especially a written one, that supports one opinion or body of ideas in opposition to another (The New Scholastic Dictionary of American English). "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to […]

Michael S. Horton
Sunday, September 1st 1996

Doctrine. Theology. For many evangelicals these words are as pleasant as the phrase, "impacted tooth!" That theology is irrelevant to Christian life has essentially become a received dogma. Nevertheless, as much as indifference about Christian truth reigns among evangelicals, to the same degree we have actually adopted a competing religion, and therefore the Christian explanation […]

R. Scott Clark
Thursday, August 9th 2007

Jesus said to his apostles, "If you abide in my word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31b-32). He asked the Father to sanctify his apostles in the truth, for the Father's word is truth (John 17:20). He promised his […]

Rick Ritchie
Thursday, August 9th 2007

Odium theologium is a rather ugly sounding Latin expression that was used in days gone by to refer to the bitter doctrinal rivalries that were fairly common among theologians of all stripes. These ardent polemical debates did at times degenerate into acrimonious personal attacks. Because of this we are prone-living as we like to assume […]

Gary L. W. Johnson
Thursday, August 9th 2007

A few years ago, contemporary Christian music artist, Leslie Phillips, left evangelical Christianity and became a secular singer/songwriter (now Sam Phillips). In her 1994 CD, Martinis and Bikinis, Phillips included a song entitled "I Need Love," in which she exclaims, "I need love, not some sentimental prison." That's an interesting line-a line which probably had […]

Shane Rosenthal
Thursday, August 9th 2007

This Address was originally delivered in London on June 17, 1932. There are, indeed, those who tell us that no defense of the faith is necessary. "The Bible needs no defense," they say; "let us not be forever defending Christianity, but instead let us go forth joyously to propagate Christianity." But I have observed one […]

J. Gresham Machen
Thursday, August 9th 2007

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

Picture of J. Ligon Duncan, IIIJ. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church
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