Not Calvin vs. Arminius, but Calvin vs. the Papists

I began reading Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (a translation of the 1541 French edition) in order to understand his own perspective on what we know as the Calvinism vs Arminianism debate. I knew that Arminius actually came later, but I wanted to see what undergirded Calvin’s theology and how he reasoned against those …

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Restoration for a Nation in Exile and a World without Hope

The nation of Israel was in exile.1  They had their temple but were under the sovereignty of a pagan nation that did not know, nor respect, their God, Yahweh.  Over 500 years earlier during the reign of the Persian king, Cyrus the Great, the tribes of Benjamin and Judah returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple …

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