Regeneration

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:3,8

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Subsections

Baptismal Regeneration

Presumptive Regeneration

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Order of Contents

Articles
Books
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Of Infants

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Articles

1800’s

Alexander, Archibald

‘Erroneous Views of Regeneration’  HTML, from his Thoughts on Religious Experience, 1844, 41 paragraphs

‘The New Birth’  from his Thoughts on Religious Experience, 1844, 27 short paragraphs

‘A Practical View of Regeneration’HTML, 1836, from The Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review, volume 8, 30 long paragraphs 

Buchanan, James – New Birth Repentance and Faith1847, 10 paragraphs, from The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit

Cunningham, William – ‘The Will in Regeneration’  11 pp.  from his Historical Theology, vol. 1, p. 613 ff.

Hodge, Charles

‘Regeneration’  in Essays and Reviews, pp. 1-48  1857

In this you will find Hodge taking up the interesting subjects of Regeneration, the Atonement, Theories of the Church, that the Roman Church is part of the Visible Church, the Lord’s Supper, Slavery (which he is against) and Emancipation, amongst others.

‘Regeneration Necessary to Perceive the Beauty and Excellency of Divine Things’  originally entitled, “Regeneration and The New Divinity Trend”, taken from the Princeton Review, 1846.  It is a review of “Regeneration and the Manner of Its Occurrence, A Sermon from John 5:24″ by Samuel H. Cox, D.D., which advocated some common philosophic arguments against the doctrine of monergistic regeneration.  

Hodge refutes the synergistic teaching that the natural man’s decision to trust Christ must come from an indifferent moral disposition and shows that the only reasonable explanation for holy decisions is that they must spring from holy first causes and inclinations.

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1900’s

Berkhof, Louis – ‘Regeneration and Effectual Calling’  1950  39 paragraphs, from his Systematic Theology

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Books

1600’s

van Mastricht, Peter – A Treatise on Regeneration  85 pp.

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1700’s

Doddridge, Philip – Practical Discourses on Regeneration, in Ten Sermons  d. 1751  250 pp.

Witherspoon, John – A Practical Treatise on Regeneration  d. 1794  330 pp.

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1800’s

Buchanan, James – The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit  1842  specifically Part 1, The Spirit’s Work in the Conversion of Sinners, p. 9, 230 pages, and Part II, Illustrative Cases from the Bible, p. 239, 195 pp.

Anderson, William – Regeneration  1875  330 pp.  with an Introduction by John Ker

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1900’s

Bavinck, Herman – Saved by Grace: the Holy Spirit’s Work in Calling and Regeneration  Buy  1901  230 pp.

An important work against today’s popular error of Presumptive Regeneration.  Bavinck wrote this in critique of his fellow contemporary Dutch leader, Abraham Kuyper, the father of Neo-Calvinism.  For a further analysis and critique of Neo-Calvinism, which has greatly influenced the modern American church (reformed and not reformed), read William Young’s article here.   

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Samuel Rutherford

The Covenant of Life Opened…  (1655), p. 95

“Question:  ‘Who are they who are to believe God shall give them a new heart?’

Answer:  No man is positively to believe it while God work it in Him, for no man is to believe that he is predestinated to glory while he first have the effects thereof in him, ‘the hid Manna’, ‘the white Stone’, ‘the new Name’.  But no man is to despair or to create fatal inferences that he is reprobate, since God begins kindly with him with a Gospel call.”

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On the Regeneration of Infants

Buchanan, James – ‘The Regeneration of Infants’  (1843)  27 pp.  from his The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit, p. 212 ff.

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