Book Review: The Belgic Confession Of Faith And The Canons Of Dordt

Reblogging for future reference:

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Belgic Confession Of Faith and The Canons Of Dordt, by Joel R. Beeke

I must admit that I found this very brief (4 page) work to be highly entertaining, although I suspect it was not meant to be that way.  In four pages, the author manages to give a brief historical summary of two important documents in the history of the Dutch Reformed Church and of Calvinism in general.  As someone who has strong opinions about the Council of Dort and Calvinism in general, I found it a worthy read even if my perspective is not that of the author or his intended audience [1].  The first of these documents provides a look at the Belgic Confession of Faith as an attempt by early Dutch Calvinists to frame their beliefs as being loyal and biblical and law-abiding so as to avoid persecution from the ruling Spaniards.  This effort was…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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