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Friday, March 18, 2011

Quinquicentennial of the Birth of Perre Viret

I planned for some time the short recent posts here on the Quadricentennial of the KJV and the Fiftieth Anniversay of The Genesis Flood, whose great importance were long familiar to me.

But it was not until the March/April issue of Faith For All Of Life (FFAOL) magazine that I had ever heard of Pierre Viret and that 2011 is the quinquicentennial of his birth (1511). Most of the articles in the magazine deal with Viret, and the front cover sports an excellent painting of him. For me the most noteworthy thing was that the academy at Geneva for which Calvin was famous was begun by Viret in Lausanne, and then moved from there to Geneva when the stupid governmental authorities in Bern kicked Viret out. Calvin took it over after Viret left Geneva to minister in southern France. This and many more interesting facts are discussed in this issue. I found the article on Viret's view of war to be very good, and dealing with issues often omitted in Reformed discussions of this topic.

While I am on the subject of FFAOL, let me encourage any of you who are not familiar with it to check it out. It was founded by Rushdoony and is now run by his son Mark and Martin Selbrede. For info on the magazine and the other activities of The Chalcedon Foundation, go to



Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Fiftieth Anniversary of The Genesis Flood


by Forrest W. Schultz

In 1961 an extremely significant book was published, Whitcomb & Morris's The Genesis Flood, which conclusively demonstrated both from Scripture and from the facts and laws of science that the Genesis Account of The Creation and The Flood really happened. I first heard of this remarkable book in a lecture given in 1963 near Philadelphia by Dr. Gary Parker, who then was a biology professor at what was then Eastern Baptist College at St. Davids, PA and who later traveled all over the place delivering the message of that Earth-shaking book. I was so astonished I went up and spoke with him afterward and copied down the exact info on the book so I could purchase it, which I did several days later, and WOW, what an experience -- WHAT an eye-opener that was!!

I could go on and on but I need to get off the computer now, so I will refer you for further info to the magazine of the Institute for Creation Research, Acts & Facts, their February 2011 issue which features a special article on the subject and notes a new book which updates TGF.

Info on ICR is available at



Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Peter Lilback's GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SACRED FIRE -- a few remarks

A Few Remarks on

Peter Lilback's George Washington's Sacred Fire

by Forrest Schultz

I am in too much of a hurry for a book review, so I will just quickly say what I want to say.

I intended to read this book right after it was published in 2006, ,but just now finally got around to it.

In my judgment, Lilback has proven his thesis that Washington was a Christian, not a Deist.

However, it needs to be made plain, as Lilback does, that the term "Christian" does not mean all of the things associated with the term today by fundamentalists and evangelicals. Washington was an 18th century orthodox Episcopalian, which needs to be kept in mind

Another distinction which needs to be made, which Lilback makes, concerns the term "Enlightenment". According to the way we usually use the term today to mean Humanism, Washington was not an Enlightenment man. But the term Enlightenment sometimes is used in a broader sense in which genuine christians are included. In that sense there are two kinds of Enlightenment -- a christian one and a humanist one, and Washington was an enlightenment man in the christian version of the enlightenment.

There is also lots and lots of great info in the book, including a chapter about the Masons.