E.J. Hutchinson

The Reformation of Images

I've been doing some reading on the first commandment and its appendix on images (the second commandment according to a different division of the Decalogue). It is well known that images of Christ provoke sharp disagreement among Protestants (though you will find none...

The Order of the Commandments

The order of the commandments in the Decalogue has its own inner logic that writers have described in various ways. Below I have translated Johann Gerhard's discussion from the twelfth locus (On the Law of God) of his Loci theologici. This is followed by a long...

An Easter Egg in Plato’s Phaedo

I have a longish post I want to write on Plato's Phaedo. This is not that post. This is a different one. When reading Plato's dialogues, it is tempting to identify every view attributed to Socrates as a view of Plato's, and from there to suggest that Plato wished the...

Natural Law, Naturally Known

For this week's "Melanchthon Monday," a short passage on the law of nature, and our natural knowledge of it, that I have translated from the secunda aetas, or "second period," of the Loci communes. I think it is fair to say that it still surprises a lot of people to...

Check Your (Authorial) Privilege

It is reasonable to suggest that the deep roots of the New Criticism--the position that what matters for the critical task is “the text,” not the author, his biography, his historical context, or his intentions; for the text is a closed system to be understood on its...

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