Michael Horton has responded to idiotic claims that his blurb on the jacket cover Scott Hahn’s Covenant and Communion was somehow an endorsement of Pope Benedict XVI’s theology. Horton’s clarification is here.
Of course, all of this should be obvious. Michael Horton is one of the foremost defenders of Confessional Reformed theology. Some might say he is a strident defender of Reformed Orthodoxy. His Reformed bona fides are impeccable and beyond dispute. And yet. And yet even the slightest word of encouragement of a book related to the theology of a Roman Catholic Pope and commentators on this blog and around the internet offer words of uncharitable suspicion at best and outraged condemnation at worst.
What is wrong with the conservative Reformed community? Why this posture of constant suspicion when dealing with each other? Why this incestuous insistence that we only read books written by other Reformed authors, that we never find insights from works written outside the camp? This is nothing less than absurdity.
Have we forgotten that Samuel Rutherford Lex Rex founds its intellectual origins among the Spanish Jesuits? That Abraham Kuyper’s social theory often sounds suspiciously like 19th Century Papal encyclicals on social teaching? That the Puritans looked sympathetically upon the Jansenists during the 17th Century? That John Owen contemplated writing a history of Jansenism? And if not, are we not able to read the works of Pope Benedict XVI or Scott Hahn and appreciate their engagement with Biblical Theology in hopes that common ground can be established based on the text of Scripture?
Stop the hate!!!!