Monday, November 01, 2004

Post Tenebras Lux

The first Carnival of the Reformation is up at Jollyblogger. Not only has David Wayne done a monumental lot of work in organizing and collating this event, but he has actually found time to comment on each of the entries! Here is what he has to say about my humble entry:

There's a new R. C. in town, in fact, his initials are R. C. S. But this is R. C. Smith, not R. C. Sproul. He has the Jack of Clubs blog and enters this carnival with his post titled Sola Scriptura and Theonomy. He has some affinities with the other R. C.'s in that he speaks his mind plainly and he argues his case very biblically, confessionally and logically. In this post, he is attempting to apply the principle of Sola Scriptura to political theory, and he is applying through the grid of theonomy. If you are not familiar with the term "theonomy" it is a compound of the Greek words for "God" and "Law," and, as a movement has been chiefly concerned with the application of the Old Testament law to modern civil government. Theonomy has suffered at the hands of its advocates and critics. Some of it's advocates have been extremists who are, frankly, rather scary. On the other hand, many of its critics have failed to read the better theonomists and have criticized a caricature of the movement. This is why it is a good idea to read Jack of Clubs. He is a thoughtful theonomist who argues his case very well. In this carnival entry, he offers some good insights into the theonomic movement itself (insights which the critics need to read) and some worthy applications of the doctrine of sola scriptura to politics.
Such high praise (especially from someone who claims not to be particularly enamoured of my point of view) is rather intoxicating. Everyone involved owes David a huge amount of thanks for all his work.

The next Carnival will be on 12/20/04 and, appropriate to the Christmas season, will be on the theme of Solus Christus. Entries are due 12/16 at 6:00 PM EST.

UPDATE: For those curious about the title of the carnival, it is latin for "After darkness, light." It is the caption on the Wall of the Reformers in Geneva.

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