Primarily, this is a research blog that documents how classic Augustinians and a broad spectrum of Calvinistic theologians in the past (and some contemporary men) thought about the revealed will of God, as it relates to 1) the general love of God for all men, 2) God's desire for the salvation of all men, 3) God's general grace and 4) the free offer of the gospel. I am also mainly interested in tracing the history of classic and moderate forms of Calvinism, as the pictures in my banner indicate. Below the picture of the Apostle Paul as depicted by the artist Rembrandt are the following men (starting from left to right): John Calvin, Heinrich Bullinger, Zacharias Ursinus, James Ussher, John Davenant, John Preston, Matthias Martinus, Moses Amyraut, Richard Baxter, Edward Polhill, Stephen Charnock, John Bunyan, John Howe, Jonathan Edwards and Andrew Fuller. I understand all these men to be moderate in their Calvinism.
There are three columns to this blog that are meant to help for research purposes.
First, on the left side of the blog one can find important names (as well as topics or biblical texts) that I am researching, what they have said, and what others have said about them. For example, by clicking on Augustine's name, one will not only find what Augustine himself wrote, but also what other men said about his views, such as the Puritan William Bridge's remarks about Augustine's atonement views. This system is used with all the other names and topics on the left.
In the center column, obviously, are my posts in chronological order with the latest at the top. Beneath each post are "Tags" that list some of the important topics contained in that post, such as "Nathaniel Vincent," "The Gospel Offer," "The Grace of God," etc. By clicking on these tags, one can research everything on my blog pertaining to that topic. Also, there are buttons beneath each post so that one might easily notify others about the content of that particular post on Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, Email, etc.
On the right side of the blog, starting from the top, is my Twitter page that I use to notify others of my latest thoughts, posts and research. I only use it as a kind of mini-blog for brief thoughts, links, etc. Beneath that is a worldwide map that shows where many of my visitors are located. The "About Me" section is self-explanatory. Next is a link section that will help with further research, such as a link to the excellent Calvin and Calvinism index made by my friend and research partner David Ponter. Our projects are quite similar. The Blog Archive is an expandable listing of my posts in chronological order with the title of each post. Finally, there is the recent comment section that shows the latest 10 comments made on my blog, if one wants to read what I and others are discussing.
I hope you find this blog helpful in your pursuit of the knowledge of God in all things to the glory of Christ. Feel free to contact me with your comments, opinions or with your questions.