Posts tagged “Jordan Cooper

Is there a Patristic Consensus?

Posted on April 30th, 2014

I’ve been enjoying reading Jordan Cooper’s The Righteousness of One: An Evaluation of Early Patristic Soteriology in Light of the New Perspective on Paul. In discussing Thomas Oden, Cooper critiques his view that the first four centuries of Christian teachers produced unanimity on the doctrine of justification: Oden’s proposal that there is an “orthodox consensus” at all in the first four centuries is highly debatable. There are few issues in which one would find agreement among such varied fathers as Jerome, Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Theodoret, Augustine, and Chrysostom. Even the nature of the Trinity and the nuances of the two natures of Christ have no unanimous approval by the fathers Oden chooses to cite. Much less would there be any consensus on an issue that…

Justification prior to Augustine

Posted on March 31st, 2014

This is a very serious problem – and does much to explain how modern apologists (whether Lutheran, Reformed, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox) are able to get away with deceptive statements about their position being the sole teaching of antiquity: The teaching of justification prior to Augustine seems to be largely ignored by doctrinal historians. D.H. Williams, quoted in The Righteousness of One: An Evaluation of Early Patristic Soteriology in Light of the New Perspective on Paul (by Jordan Cooper; Kindle Locations 696-697)

How do Lutherans use the Law?

Posted on December 10th, 2013

Several posts at Gottesdienst Online (“Are you an Antinomian?” and “Luther in the Antinomian Disputations”) have highlighted the problem among Lutherans in understanding and applying the Law. Jason Braaten notes, This is how we are to preach the law according to Luther: ” . . . so as to admonish to good. . . . by way of exhortation . . . .” The law is not just for the lawless, to terrify. It is to be preached to the pious so as to admonish to good. I agree with Jordan Cooper’s observation in “Characteristics of Lutheran Antinomianism” that there is an antinomian problem in American Lutheranism. I too have heard the kind of statements he has highlighted: The believer is not the new man-Christ…