Roger Nicole and Theonomy: A Scholarly Critique

Polemics Report

An excellent introduction to the problems of the modern theonomic movement (as I call it, to distinguish from classical theonomy), the late Roger Nicole provides this discussion (listen below) at the Reformed Theological Seminary.

Nicole, who passed away in 2010, was a Swiss Reformed Theologian with a ThD from Gordon Divinity and a PhD from Harvard. Born in a German concentration camp, he spoke as many as eight languages, and had a truly brilliant mind. An editor for the New Geneva Study Bible and archivist of over 20 thousand Reformation-era publications, having personally penned over four dozen books and hundreds of articles, Nicole’s clout among the Reformed academic community cannot be over-stated. Brilliantly balancing both Reformed or Calvinistic and Baptist theology, Nicole was respected for treating the viewpoints of others fairly.

A note on Nicole’s noteworthy impartiality when presenting opposing viewpoints, Mark Dever writes:

Roger was especially fair to…

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