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Dear Editors,

Congratulations on a magnificent job! For some time I have said there is more solid thinking going on among Calvinistic groups in this country than among all the liberals -- theological and secular -- put together. The quality of Antithesis is point number one in my offer of proof.

J. Robert Brame III
Richmond, Virginia

Dear Editors,

I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how great I think Antithesis is. In an age when many evangelicals would rather avoid the realm of political and social issues (and, sadly, theological as well), your periodical affirms the lordship of Christ over all aspects of life. The spread and growth of Antithesis will surely mean the spread and growth of a Biblical world and life view in our confused, darkened century. Thank you for your commitment, and may God bless your work.

Phillip Palmertree
Macon, Georgia

Dear Editors,

I appreciate your publication. It is a refreshing, stimulating, and welcome contribution to the Reformed arena. May our Lord use it greatly for His Church and Kingdom!

Paul Murphy
Caledonia, Michigan

Dear Editors,

I'm impressed with your articles discussing present world problems in a spiritual light.

Joyce Timmer
Almond, New York

Dear Editors,

I have been very pleased with the issues of Antithesis that I have so far received. I would like to share the blessing with some missionary friends....Thank you for your help and thank you for your wonderful publication.

Ray Retzlaff
Troy, New York

Dear Editors,

I have thoroughly enjoyed the issues thus far and look forward to forthcoming issues. Thanks so much.

Michael Miles
Santa Clarita, California

Dear Editors,

I am very much impressed and pray for your success.

Paul Duggan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dear Editors,

The Issue and Interchange between Jones and Matatics was excellent. As an ex-Mormon, I am amazed at the essential agreement in argument that Mormon apologists and Mr. Matatics use in attacking Sola Scriptura. Both Mr. Matatics and Mormons have to justify their commitment to extra-Biblical authority.

Jack Kettler
Denver, Colorado

Dear Editors,

I suppose that when Jeffrey Tucker says (Sept./Oct. 1990) his conversion to Roman Catholicism was a step he shall never regret, he is telling us not to bother trying to refute his apologetic dissertation. He is convinced. If his small step involved throwing out 400 years of Protestant history, what would a large step entail? A larger step of some 1500 years would return him all the way to Eastern orthodoxy, which Rome left when it adopted the Nicene Creed. It seems to me that the invocation of historical roots and continuity has most often been the glue of crumbling tyrannies, rather than any real help in the discovery of truth....

Mr. Tucker rhetorically asks why Christ would allow His church to wallow in the mire of falsehood and heresy for so long. Mr. Tucker's all-or-nothing doctrine of the church cannot be sustained in light of Biblical anthropology. Must Christ's people as individuals be without corruption in order for them to claim to be His? Can the church be in Christ's hands and yet be in serious error? Paul's epistle to the Galatians and the first three chapters of Revelation indicate that Christ's church is not preserved from error....

To answer Mr. Tucker regarding Augustine, it has been said that the Reformation was the triumph of Augustinian soteriology over Augustinian ecclesiology. Roman Catholicism is the triumph of Augustinian ecclesiology over his soteriology, which direction was set by the second council of Constantinople....

James Plummer
Trenton, New Jersey

Dear Editors,

I am a Christian who expresses as a Catholic, and I want to thank you for your various reflections regarding Catholicism in the Sept./Oct. '90 issue of Antithesis. If I might offer a few remarks: First, I thought the scholarship (both Catholic and Protestant) was first rate. The analysis was light-years away from the strawmen contained in such works as Boettner's Roman Catholicism or Jack Chick's comics. Unfortunately, many non-Catholics obtain their facts concerning Catholicism through such works rather than repairing to Catholic works (as cited in Antithesis) and balanced Reformed works.

Regarding Hagopian's article on Catholic conversions, I can hardly believe that the steel-trap minds of Hahn, Howard, Reichert, Vanauken, Matatics, Kreeft, Hudson, Vree, and Neuhaus were convinced by the bells, smells, and whistles of the Catholic church. I was also intrigued by the name dropping passage --Augustine, Chysostom, Aquinas vs. Luther, Calvin, Zwingli -- are you serious? Why didn't Hagopian provide a more in-depth treatment of the intellectual odysseys of the converts?

I most enjoyed the exchange between Jones and Matatics. I was hoping Jones would answer Matatics' objection to Sola Scriptura -- that is, "Did God inscripturate all things He wanted to preserve to replace oral tradition rather than be passed along as II Thessalonians 2:15?"

Joseph Gallegos
Fountain Valley, California

[Jones: For an answer to this particular objection, see the discussion on pp. 54 & 59, Sept./Oct. 1990.]

Dear Editors,

I am truly delighted with the clarity of scholarship that is shown in the Sept./Oct. issue of Antithesis. There is no doubt in my mind that you have a full understanding of Sola Scriptura and the whole Reformed Biblical position. It is also evident that you clearly discern the fundamental error of Rome.

Richard Bennett
[Former Roman Catholic]
Portland, Oregon

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