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Historical Studies

In this section of our website we will be presenting a series of studies on various historical studies relating to the development of Christianity, especially from a historical point of view.

  1.  The first of these will be an examination of the development of a controversy that took place during the 1940's and early 1950's on the subject of the Covenant of Grace. -See the Hoeksma/Schilder Debate regarding the Covenenat of Grace below.

  2.  The second will be a translation of a chapter from the most definitive study that has been given on the lapsarian controversy in a book written in 1912 by the Dutch theologian, Klass Diik.  De strijd over Infra- en Supralapsarisme in de Gereformeerde Kerken van Nederland (The Struggle over Infra- and Supralapsarianism in the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands.)   The chapter given (as translated by Henry Bierling) is, Chapter 1, The Problem Itself.

       

1 - Presupposed Regeneration 2 - Growing Worldliness
3 - Conditional Theology 4 - Hope and Disappointment
5 - Fragmenting of the Churches 6 - A Declaration of Principles
7 - A Matter of Viewpoint 8 - The Declaration and Its Work
9 - The Declaration's Adoption 10 - The Split of 53
11 - When Friendship Fails 12 - When Opinions Vary
13 - When Men Think More of Self  14 - The Problem of Scholasticism
15 - But What About Logic 16 - The Logic of Rhetoricism
17 - More Than Logic 18 - When the Knitting Stopped
19 - True and False Churches 20 - The Promise of the Covenant
21 - Election and the Promise 22 The Covenant Promise Again
23 Children in the Covenant 24 - The PR Covenant View
25 - Debate on Children in the Covenant 26 - To Keep the Record Straight
27 - To Keep the Record Straight 2 28 - To Keep the Record Straight 3
29 - Further Correspondence 30 - HH-KS 30 - More About Logic
31 - A Hole in the Dike 32 - The Covenant View of H. Bavinck
33 - Bavinck, Hoeksema and Schilder 34 - The Liberated Covenant View
35 Extra Scriptural Binding 36 - A Brief Declaration of Principles
37 - The Declaration Unclear 38 - The Concerns of the Covenant
39 - The Promise and-or Law 40 - "Conditions" and the Covenant
41 - Neither Supra or Infra 42 - A Friendship that Ended
43 - Schilder's "Covenant" 44 - The Covenant as Law
45 - The Place of the Law
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