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Against the Divine Right of Kings

August 24, 2021 · Chris Carter

Resistance Theory

Church History

Evangelical Political BlundersIn some parts of the world, the dominant political theory from the late 16th century to roughly the late 18th century was a doctrine known as the Divine Right of Kings. This doctrine states that a monarch is not answerable to any earthly authority. The reasoning behi...

In Defense of the Reformed Baptist Position

August 17, 2021 · Chris Carter

Reformed Theology

Exegesis

Church History

The Reformed world is one which is largely characterized by agreement. For all that Reformed men and women like to debate the minutiae of Reformed Theology, the fact remains that these disputes are largely insignificant when contrasted with the larger issues of the faith. The Reformed world is a ...

The Decadence of the American Empire

July 17, 2021 · Chris Carter

Politics

History

A few months ago, a good friend of mine sent me an essay written by notable British general and historian Sir John Bagot Glubb called The Fate of Empires in which he examined the lifespans of eleven different empires across history. Glubb’s observation was that each empire spanned a period of app...

Casting this Mountain into the Sea

July 12, 2021 · Chris Carter

Exegesis

And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have fa...

Reclaiming the Premodern Worldview

May 19, 2021 · Chris Carter

Philosophy

History

There are chiefly three regimes of thought that have developed throughout human history. These are, in historical order: the Premodern, the Modern, and the Postmodern. All three of them have different ways of determining what is True, what is Good, and what is Beautiful.In general, the regime of ...

A Vindication of Resistance

April 12, 2021 · Chris Carter

Church History

Political Theology

On the day of the feast of St. Bartholomew in the year 1572, thousands Huguenots were slaughtered in the streets of Paris by mobs of Roman Catholics under the decree of the French monarchy.The Huguenots were a Protestant theological minority in France. They were importers of Calvin’s theology, an...

Secularism and the Culture of Death

March 18, 2021 · Chris Carter

Social Commentary

Political Theology

With the recent flurry of news stories around the Equality Act flying around, as well as last week’s episode of The Briefing by Al Mohler, we need to consider the theological significance of what’s going on. Mohler’s treatment of this current event is fantastic, and personally, I wish I could see...

The Nature of the Reign of Christ

February 16, 2021 · Chris Carter

Eschatology

Exegesis

And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)Many evangelicals associate this verse with the return of Christ. The language “...

The Meaning of "This Generation"

January 15, 2021 · Chris Carter

Eschatology

Exegesis

One of the strongest arguments for the historicity and divine inspiration of the New Testament manuscripts is known as the Olivet Discourse, so-called because it was given by Jesus to His disciples on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24:3). In this discourse outlined in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark ...

The Everlasting Kingdom of God

January 12, 2021 · Chris Carter

Eschatology

Exegesis

As I have said before, the study of eschatology does not begin with ends. It would be unreasonable to expect that we could understand the end of a book without understanding its beginning and middle too. And so, I’ll be starting in the middle today, by investigating a set of passages from the boo...

The Eschatology of Christmas

December 25, 2020 · Chris Carter

Eschatology

Exegesis

In the same way that you can’t understand the end of a book just by reading the last few pages, you can’t understand the end of history without understanding history. The right way to understand history is to examine it according to the Biblical narrative and craft a sound exposition of the perso...