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One of my favorite moments in church is when the congregation recites the Apostles’ Creed after the sermon. It’s beautiful when the preaching of God’s word is followed by a collective congregational affirmation: “We believe it!” [...]

Brannon Ellis
Wednesday, November 1st 2023

Many Modern Reformation readers are familiar with the theological language of the “already” versus the “not yet.” When the authors of the Bible described salvation, they portrayed it as a foretaste of a redemption [...]

Brannon Ellis
Friday, September 1st 2023

Where are you? Maybe sitting on your couch at home or looking at your phone on a walk. But what if we try to get more specific? […]

Brannon Ellis
Saturday, July 1st 2023

The Marburg Collo­quy (1529) may have been the best chance the Reformation ever had to reconcile the early German Lutheran and Swiss Reformed parties into a doctrinally unified Protestantism. […]

Brannon Ellis
Monday, May 1st 2023

September/October 2022 The September/October 2022 issue crackles with provocative thoughts about the relationship between science and religion. Some of them expressly reject an inherent conflict between the two, but some seem to assume the reality of the conflict. As a devoted MR reader, I offer three questions for reflection to the editors and to my […]

Dan Johnson
Robert Geho
Wednesday, March 1st 2023

In all my theological study, I’ve never come across a better summary of the paradox of fallen human nature than Francis Schaeffer’s phrase “glorious ruin”: We are glorious because we were created by God for the noble purpose of being His image bearers; yet we are ruins because sin has marred the divine image we […]

Brannon Ellis
Wednesday, March 1st 2023

I remember being introduced to the articulate and passionate gospel work of Modern Reformation and White Horse Inn while at college. It was a formative time for my faith, which I had only recently begun to take seriously. Michael Horton and crew helped me discover the beautiful truth of the reformational gospel—so much so that […]

Brannon Ellis
Sunday, January 1st 2023

As we approach the end of 2022, it seems appropriate to reminisce. Looking back, 2022 has been an exciting year for Modern Reformation. We’ve celebrated thirty years with a redesign of the print magazine and website, we’ve published some significant content—tackling tough but important issues in a spirit of humility and fidelity—and we’ve engaged in […]

Joshua Schendel
Tuesday, November 1st 2022

May/June 2022 I really admire Kendra Dahl’s work, “Restoring Eve,” in the May/June issue. It is a solid effort, but I think it illustrates the problem of putting too much weight on philological exegesis. Maybe we should instead “read the Scriptures like the church fathers”? More time is spent on the philological arguments than is […]

Dan Johnson
Kendra Dahl
Thursday, September 1st 2022

This is a special issue of Modern Reformation. With it, we are wading into new waters that—to many today—may seem quite turbulent, even perilous: the relation of science to the Christian faith. As with all the issues of MR this year, we’re taking a historical approach rather than a theoretical one. In particular, we’re looking […]

Joshua Schendel
Thursday, September 1st 2022

March/April 2022 I’m a new subscriber to Modern Reformation, and I would first of all like to thank you for this edifying Reformed theological journal. Second, I’m writing in response to “Evangelicals and the Evangel Future” by Michael Horton. While I feel the article is spot on with its assessment, I do have a suggestion. […]

Jan Novak
MR Editors
Friday, July 1st 2022

The Jesuit priest Clifford Howell has claimed that the very essence of Protestantism “is the principle of private judgement.” This means, Howell charges (as do many others), that Protestantism is at its core inherently divisive. Protestants have responded to this charge over and over again, as when Protestant historian Phillip Schaff remarked that the accusation […]

Joshua Schendel
Friday, July 1st 2022

I was saddened by some of the conclusions of Daniel Treier’s article. He attributes the “rabid anti-Communism and (at best) indifference to racism” to “American pugnaciousness.” He repeats this charge by criticizing a “loss of proportion about Communism exacerbated a lack of perspective about racism” (62). First, conflating Communism with anti-racism is obscene. Yes, Communists have […]

Daniel J. Treier
Greg Scandlen
Monday, May 2nd 2022

January/February 2022 I would like to take issue with a point in George Marsden’s interesting and even enlightening article. When discussing the ways in which evangelicalism has incorporated political beliefs over the years, he points to the recent disagreements concerning mask mandates, stating: “It is hard to think of any principle in biblical ethics that […]

Claire Owen
George Marsden
Monday, May 2nd 2022

From early on, Christianity has been “a religion of the book.” Writing in the latter part of the second century, Irenaeus claimed: We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, than from those through whom the Gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, […]

Joshua Schendel
Monday, May 2nd 2022
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“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

J. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church