A Theological Reminiscence -- By: An Old Minister
BSac 75:300 (Oct 1918) p. 581
A Theological Reminiscence
BSac 75:300 (Oct 1918) p. 582
the elect being saved. This was a logical system, and each one of the points was proved by texts of Scripture. I heard it said that here was a logical chain that all the powers of earth and hell could not break. It had satisfied and captured many of the strongest minds from the time of Augustine. John Calvin, with his splendid intellect, was captured by its logic. He did not know, what is well known now, that human logic cannot be applied to the deep things of God. So far as I know, Isaac Taylor, the great Christian philosopher of the nineteenth century, was the first to make it clear that our logic cannot be applied to the deep things of God. This he did in his Review of “Edwards on the Will.”
Some of my younger brethren may wonder how it was possible that, with so many statements of Scripture opposed to the above logical formula, we could hold to it. Well, I will tell you how it was in my case. While I was at the Theological Seminary, a volume written by an able minister of the Church of Scotland, was republished in New York. This book, by the Rev. William Symington, was entitled “The Atonement and Intercession of Jesus Christ.” It was recommended to us students. I purchased a copy, and found it to be well written and ably argued. In the chapter on the Extent of the Atonement ...
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