• Spence Conradsen posted an update 5 months, 1 week ago

    Trent Et Quarante (the origin of the term Trent) is a charming treatise of biblical naturalism. The book is a response against the naturalism espoused by the Reformation and seventeenth century church fathers who rejected the doctrine of instant salvation by grace alone. Through this book, Et Quarante argues that grace is a work of free will while faith is a work of predestination, wherein we choose to believe according to our free will.

    The book’s main part consists of three chapters that are divided into three parts. Each section deals with one or more of the three main theologies of original sin, grace or merit. Parts one to three focus on the doctrines of original sin. This book contains a number illuminating conversations among its contributors. Some are surprising candid about how their religious beliefs and practices match up. Some conversations are surprisingly poignant considering the subject matter.

    Parts 2 through 3 focus primarily upon the doctrine of merit. Et Quarante offers an interesting argument against the notion of original sin. He argues that those who subscribe to this view do it because they have a misunderstood what it means. Et Quarante, John Locke and other co-writers believe that the doctrine on original sin is what gives rise to the idea merit. For Locke, the idea that original sin unites a person with all the bad consequences of their actions is self-evident. According to Et Quarante and co-writers of the book, if one followed Locke’s view about merit, one would undoubtedly become a sinner by one’s end.

    However, Et Quarante points out that there is more to merit than this. It is important to remember that we are not saved because of our sins. We are saved because we were made in the image and likeness God. It is therefore impossible to live apart from God’s union. This is Et Quarante’s metaphysics of original Sin and the core of his message. This is how he presents salvation as something that is mysterious and difficult to comprehend.

    In another interesting story, Et Quarante relates the story of David and Bathsheba, the daughters of Absorption. David had rejected the proposal of Bathsheba the daughter of Esdragel for divorce because she was unfaithful. David was ready to marry Bathsheba, the daughter of Esdragel, because she was so beautiful. This was why he chose her to undo the damage that he had done. Helpful hints The metaphysics of original sin made it impossible for David to consummate their marriage as he was bound by the Law of Moses and the commandments of God.

    Et Quarante heavily draws on the work of Robert Edward Grant and Hugh Walker in explaining this philosophy of merit, but he also acknowledges the debt he owes earlier works. Trent Et. Quarante’s interest in medieval naturaltheology is evident in his commentary on the works Basil, Origen and Augustine. All of these writers defend the doctrines of creation as well divine providence. There are several passages which echo the arguments of these authors. The book includes many references and details to biblical scripture.

    This book is one of my favorite books on natural theology. Trent Et Quarante provides a concise and clear explanation of this important topic. This is an extremely helpful guide for anyone who wants to become a strong defender of the faith.

    From Joseph cornell-levine, (eds. A Manual for Creating Christian Knowledge. First Book in the New Series. Copyright (c) 2005 by Joseph T. Trent. All rights are reserved.