The faculty of the PRC Seminary have just published the next PRC Seminary Journal. The November 2015 issue (Vol.49, #1) contains an interesting variety of articles and book reviews, which make for profitable reading for pastors, officebearers, and Reformed believers (see the cover image here and the editor's notes below).
The following are Prof. R. Cammenga's "Editor's Notes" for this issue:
Welcome to the pages of the frst issue of volume 49 of the Protestant Reformed Theological Journal. The frst article in this issue is the transcript of the speech that Dr. John Bolt gave to the student body and faculty of the Protestant Reformed Seminary, as well as area ministers this past Spring. Dr. Bolt is familiar to the constituency of the Protestant Reformed Churches as an outspoken critic of the treatment of Herman Hoeksema by the 1924 Synod of the Christian Reformed Church. Besides critical of the treatment of Hoeksema, he also fnds fault with the doctrinal formulations of the 1924 Synod defining and defending common grace. In his article, Dr. Bolt points out what he believes to be the inadequacies of the “Three Points” and offers alternative formulations. Even though the very worthwhile question-and-answer session that followed Dr. Bolt’s speech cannot be reproduced here, we trust our readers will proft from the transcription of the speech.
Our readers are once again favored with an article by a familiar contributor to PRTJ, Dr. Jürgen Burkhard Klautke, professor in the Academy for Reformed Theology in Marburg, Germany. This article is the transcription of a speech by Dr. Klautke at a conference sponsored by the PRCA denominational Committee for Contact with Other [Foreign] Churches. The speech is a stirring defense of the truth of God’s covenant of grace, according to which elect believers are “in Christ,” as is the language of our Lord in His High Priestly prayer. Along the way, Dr. Klautke engages in necessary polemic against those who have perverted the truth of God’s Word that believers are “in Christ.
This issue contains the frst three parts of an eighteen part “John Calvin Research Bibliography” by the undersigned. This bibliography was constructed over the course of a number of years and copies of it were distributed to students who took a newly developed interim course on “The Theology of John Calvin.” It was thought that publishing this bibliography would make available a valuable resource for any who are interested in doing research on the great Reformer John Calvin. Each section of the bibliography corresponds to a class session devoted to that main topic, with the related sub-topics that were covered in the class listed beneath each main topic.
Prof. David Engelsma, emeritus Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary, contributes a review article of Reformed Thought on Freedom: The Concept of Free Choice in Early Modern Reformed Thought, edited by Willem J. van Asselt, J. Martin Bac, and Roelf T. te Velde. The book examines the teaching of leading Reformed theologians of the sixteenth through the early eighteenth centuries on the freedom of the will. It demonstrates that the Reformed tradition has consistently rejected the
error of “free will,” while at the same time upholding genuine human freedom. Be sure to read this very worthwhile extended review—and then perhaps get the book and read it for yourself.
As always, this issue of PRTJ contains a number of excellent book reviews. This is a much appreciated feature of any theological journal, and that certainly is the case with our journal. We take this opportunity to express our thanks to the men who regularly contribute book reviews. Hopefully they know how much our readers anticipate their regular contributions in each new issue and beneft from them.
We remind our readers that our journal is made available free of charge. The cost of its production and mailing are covered by the seminary. Your gifts, therefore, are appreciated. And many of you do send gifts periodically. We are grateful for your support.
Now read and enjoy. Soli Deo Gloria!
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