November 3, 2008

J. L. Dagg (1794–1884) on Various Senses of "Decree"

Writers on theology have employed the term Decrees, to denote the purpose of God. It is an objection to this term, that there is no inspired authority for its use in this sense. When the Scriptures use the term decree, they signify by it a command promulged, to be observed by those under authority. It is the will of precept, rather than the will of purpose. And further, its use in the plural number does not accord so well with the oneness of the divine plan.
J. L. Dagg, Manual of Theology (Harrisonburg, VA.: Gano Books, 1990), 103–104.


Edward Polhill has made similar observations about the term (click). See Edward Polhill, “The Divine Will Considered in its Eternal Decrees,” in The Works of Edward Polhill (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1998), 131–132.


Craig said...

Ynottony...I remeber you from PalTalk. I used to go there under the name KnownByHim. LOL. I remeber I once told you I had bought Owen's 7 vol. commentary set on Hebrews, and you laughed and said I would never read them? Guess what? Four down...three to go! Hee hee hee

Tony Byrne said...

Hi Craig,

Good to hear from you again! You should still be on my Paltalk friends list.

I don't recall saying that to you about Owen's commentary. Quite frankly, it doesn't sound like something I would say. I don't even recall an instance where I have ever laughingly said that another person would not read some book(s), but I am getting old. On the other hand, I do have friends on Paltalk who might say/do such a thing. Steve or Flynn perhaps? You've spoken with them as well. Now that I think about it, I vaguely recall you're buying the entire Schaff series on the church fathers. MAYBE I stated that you would not read all of those volumes. I know I haven't! LOL

Anyway, whether it was me or not, we all must show respect to the extent of your perseverance in reading those commentaries, even though some of us may think your time would have been better spent on other writings ;-)

Grace to you,

Craig said...

LOL Well, whether it was you or not who said it,I thought it was all in a humorous context, and I was in no way offended. I hope my previous comment didn't give that impression. Although I don't agree with your remark about Owen, nonetheless I respect your passion for study and research.

It's good to be remember by people from Paltalk that I had (and have) alot of respect for!

God bless, Brother!