Nevin’s Federal Vision

Reading D.G. Hart’s excellent biography of John Williamson Nevin (the Mercersburg theologian who, along with Philip Schaff, insightfully critiqued American Protestantism) is one Deja vou after another. The Auburn Avenue Gang is not the first group in church history to say what they are saying. Hart quotes Nevin on the Supper: “‘Low views of the sacrament,’ Nevin deduced, ‘betray invariably a low view of the mystery of the incarnation itself, and a low view of the Church also, as that new and higher order of life, in which the power of this mystery continues to reveal itself through all ages,'” (Hart, John Williamson Nevin: High-Church Calvinist, 126).

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