>John Williamson Nevin: An Evaluation

>Evaluating Nevin and his theological scheme is quite difficult because, by and large, few of his ideas took hold and few have been tested over decades or centuries of church life. However, dismissing them as wrong simply because they did not attract a large following, reshape the evangelical landscape, or “work” would be utterly pragmatic … Continue reading >John Williamson Nevin: An Evaluation

>John Williamson Nevin: On The Lord’s Supper (part 2)

>Several more points of contrast between the old Reformed view and “modern Puritan” view gives us a fuller appreciation for Nevin’s position. First, Nevin points out that in the Calvinistic view, the communion of the believer with Christ occurs which is beyond that experienced in common worship. Believer’s commune with Christ in the Supper in … Continue reading >John Williamson Nevin: On The Lord’s Supper (part 2)

>John Williamson Nevin: On the Lord’s Supper (part 1)

>Nevin’s theology of the incarnation and the church struck many as mystical and Romanist. Those charges were redoubled when it came to Nevin’s view of the sacraments. According to Nevin, the American church, even the Reformed branches, had veered away from a Calvinistic understanding of the Lord’s Supper in favor Zwingli’s memorialism – a move … Continue reading >John Williamson Nevin: On the Lord’s Supper (part 1)

>John Williamson Nevin: On the Church (part 2)

>Regarding the catholicity, Nevin articulates his position clearly in a sermon preached in 1844, “Catholic Unity.” Walter Conser Jr. explains Nevin’s vision, “Not the Church divided and splintered but the Church unified, emerging out of its necessary organic development, encompassing its historical past, and pressing forward to its future accomplishments, this was Nevin’s vision of … Continue reading >John Williamson Nevin: On the Church (part 2)