Re-Framing Reformed Baptist Doctrine
A Reformed Baptist who gets it. The section on John Frame’s triperspectivalism alone is worth the read.
A few highlights…
“To lay my cards on the table from the outset let me say this: it is my firm opinion that John Frame is one of the most dangerous characters in the broadly Reformed world today. His ideas are so disruptive of any system of doctrine and ultimately of any reasonable approach to holiness that I find myself distrusting of those who cite him.”
“What did not surprise me at all was the number of my fellow students who emerged from Westminster as distinct anti-VanTilians. Having learned Van Til at the feet of Frame, they found the entire system dangerous in the extreme. Needless to say, I was tremendously relieved when Frame left Escondido for Orlando, where he became a Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy.”
“Frame’s epistemology is relativistic, and if all relativists are necessarily dishonest, the dishonesty is even more necessary for someone trying to pretend not to be a relativist in the context of a biblical institution.”
As a graduate of Westminster Seminary in California during the mid-1990s, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is some variant of, “What did you think of John Frame?” The question is unsurprising. By 1992, when I entered seminary, Frame was among the better-known professors in Escondido. Just a few years after I graduated he had also left Escondido after a prolonged and not very secret dispute with the Westminster administration – largely over the matter of worship. Then in 2011 he published The Escondido Theology, a wide-ranging attack on his former employers which suggested that Westminster Seminary in California has departed from Reformed tradition.
That such a colorful figure invites curiosity is not surprising. Furthermore, Frame is a thinker whose unique philosophical system and its accompanying linguistic usage is not immediately accessible to the reader. It is to be expected that I hear periodic…
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