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Rev Dr Peter Barnes is a Presbyterian pastor who lives in Sydney, Australia. He has served on the mission field in Vanuatu, ministered on the Nambucca River in northern NSW, and is currently pastor at Revesby Presbyterian Church. He lectures in Church History at the Presbyterian Theological College in Burwood.

He is editor of the periodical Australian Presbyterian (AP), and has written several books.

Historical

July 2015
Articles > Historical

John Hus (1372–1415)

Protestants have generally looked to the Englishman, John Wyclif (1330?–1384), and the Bohemian, John Hus (1372–1415) (spellings vary, e.g. Wycliffe, Huss), as the two most significant reformers before the Reformation. Occasionally it has even been suggested that they are the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3. Hus has been owned by many who are hardly…

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Avoiding silly mistakes

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June 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Avoiding silly mistakes

Avoiding silly mistakes People who claim to believe the Bible can still manage to draw false deductions from it. Over the centuries there have been some strange efforts in this regard. Sometimes the result is almost amusing — except that it is God’s Word that is being mishandled. At times an argument which contains…

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If the foundations are destroyed … What are the issues?

Article

August 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

If the foundations are destroyed … What are the issues?

If the foundations are destroyed … What are the issues? The modern world is dominated by shades of liberalism. According to Alasdair MacIntyre, there are ‘conservative liberals, liberal liberals and radical liberals’.1 For our purposes, we can say that there would seem to be three main ingredients in the present make-up of present day…

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If the foundations are destroyed … The church’s responsibility

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July 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

If the foundations are destroyed … The church’s responsibility

If the foundations are destroyed … The church’s responsibility There is always a temptation for Christians to wring their hands, and declare that what is wrong with the modern world is Darwin, Marx and Freud, who are popularised today by Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins. Certainly, the West is a different place…

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If the foundations are destroyed … Descent into barbarism

Article

June 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

If the foundations are destroyed … Descent into barbarism

If the foundations are destroyed … Descent into barbarism   Democracy cannot long survive without moral foundations. The second president of the United States, John Adams, is noted — and sometimes resented — for his observation in 1798 that ‘Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate…

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If the foundations are destroyed… Maintaining the myth

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May 2011
Articles

If the foundations are destroyed… Maintaining the myth

Continued from Living with an echo The Dome of the Rock, erected on the site of the Jerusalem temple, has inscriptions on it from the Qur’an that declare: ‘Praise be to the God who begets no son, and has no partner’; and ‘He is God, one, eternal. He does not beget, he is not…

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‘If the foundations are destroyed … ‘ ­- Living with an echo

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April 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

‘If the foundations are destroyed … ‘ ­- Living with an echo

Continued from Undermining the Foundations Cicero defined a people as an association brought together by a common sense of what is right and by shared utility. Augustine took this up and wrote: ‘A people is the association of a multitude of rational beings united by a common agreement on the objects of their love’…

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