Word and World: Reformed Theology in America

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James W. Van Hoeven
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986 - Religion - 166 pages
From its beginning the Reformed Church gave a prominent place to intellectual discourse and insisted that its theology inform and judge all its actions. This book examines the history of that discourse and defines the theology that remains a crucial element in the denominations identity.

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Page 54 - Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.
Page xi - Away with all attempts to produce a mottled Christianity of Stoic, Platonic, and dialectic composition!
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Page 54 - He would grant unto us that we might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our life...
Page 89 - Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
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Page 110 - ... devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ in the services of the Church; and shall faithfully fulfil the obligations of his call, in preaching, catechizing, and visiting his flock; and be instant in season and out of season; and, by word and example, always promote the spiritual welfare of his people. SEC. 14. No person shall be ordained to the ministry of the Word, without settling in some congregation, unless he be sent as a Missionary to Churches, or employed to gather congregations where none have...
Page 130 - For right is right, since God is God ; And right the day must win ; To doubt would be disloyalty, To falter would be sin ! FREDERIC WILLIAM FABER.
Page 19 - In consequence of that liberty wherewith Christ hath made his people free, it becomes their duty as well as privilege, openly to confess and worship him according to the dictates of their own consciences. To perform this aright, and bear a proper testimony against the heresies and false opinions which have always disturbed the peace and corrupted the purity of the Church, it has been found necessary to explain with candour...
Page 19 - ... equal liberties of others, or as fixing boundaries and terms of communion, inimical to Christian charity. The unerring Word of God remaining the only standard of the Faith and Worship of his people, they can never incur the charge of presumption, in openly declaring, what to them appears to be the mind and will of their divine Lord and Master. The Church is a Society, wholly distinct in its principles, laws, and end, from any which men have ever instituted for civil purposes. It consists of all,...

About the author (1986)

Van Hoeven received his undergraduate education at Hope College, Holland, Michigan. In addition, he earned the B.D. degree from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, the S.T.M. degree from Oberlin College, and the Ph.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Van Hoeven is an ordained minister of the Reformed Church in American. Since 1979, Mr. Van Hoeven has served as Senior Minister of The First Church in Albany, New York.