E.J. Hutchinson

Pax Augusta, Pax Christiana

Psalm 46: 9 (45:10 Vulg.), the Psalm that inspired "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," says: "He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire." In his commentary on the Psalms, the...

“Subject Yourself to God”

For this week's "Melanchthon Monday," we're back to poetry. Below is an epigram consisting of a single elegiac couplet, which I have rendered (with a couple of liberties) into four lines of blank verse. Hope you enjoy it. Subditus esto Deo et ora eum.Subditus esto...

Bog-Standard Protestantism: A Primer

Conservative Roman Catholic intellectuals are never more likely to make a misstep than when they comment on Protestants or Protestantism. Such comments frequently mar otherwise worthwhile works, like the birth-mark in Hawthorne's story. Examples abound, to such an...

Church Orders Human, Not Divine

Did you know that it used to be the common belief that church orders (/agenda/) were matters of public concern and human law, and were not matters of "worship," actually? It's true! Take Johann Gerhard, for instance. In his discussion of "law" in the Loci theologici...

Property a Divine Right

Welcome back to "Melanchthon Monday"! Today we have a passage on the divine sanction protecting the right to own property and the tyranny involved in the magistrate laying hold of it unjustly. The passage comes from my forthcoming translation of Melanchthon's Summary...

Honoring Luther by Honoring the Word

Today, November 10, is the anniversary of Martin Luther's birthday in 1483. Luther is best remembered as the impetus and architect of the Reformation. But according to Luther himself, he did nothing; the Word did everything. Here he is, in the second Invocavit sermon...

What Is the Law of God?

Without a proper definition of terms, talking is useless, if not worse. If we or our hearers do not know what we are saying, then we are not saying it. Philip Melanchthon seems to have recognized this. Thus in the third stage of the Loci communes/Loci theologici,...

Creatio Naturaliter Christiana

Last year, I wrote an essay for the print edition of Ad Fontes on, as it were (and to paraphrase Tertullian), "creation naturally Christian," suggesting a theology and an eschatology that is built into the season of spring, the season of Cross and Resurrection. In the...

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