The recent debate over Christology and sacramentology has metastasized into a buffet, dishing up a wide variety of international cuisine.
Just run down the combox over at http://veritasredux.com/?p=73#comments or http://watersblogged.blogspot.com/2006/01/of-chalcedon-keys-and-300-pound.html#comments.
Lest we forget, this all began when Paul McCain dusted off the old charges of “Nestorianism” against Reformed Christology and sacramentology. McCain is never one who gets beyond bumper stickers and political slogans.
Then his fellow Lutheran, Bob Waters, weighed in. In my opinion, Waters made a weak entry. However, he has since shown himself to be far more sophisticated than McCain.
After that, Al Kimmel made a cameo appearance with a brief, but incisive comparison and contrast between Catholic and Lutheran views on Christology and sacramentology.
In addition, the Palamite position has been presented by a couple of its informal representatives in the blogosphere, provoking an exchange between Bob Waters and his Greek Orthodox interlocutors.
At this juncture I’d say the following:
1.Who speaks for Lutheranism? Bob Waters’ description of the issues at stake sounds very different from Paul McCain’s.
2.Likewise, there are dueling experts over the Nestorian controversy.
3.This debate occurs at the intersection of three different linguistic traditions: Greek, Latin, and English, each with its own philosophical and theological jargon and history of usage.
4.The reason we have three competing theories of the real presence is that we have so many theories chasing so little Scripture. Where revelation is silent, finely-spun distinctions are sustained by appeal to one’s philosophy of choice.
At this point, Calvinism is something of a spectator. Break out the popcorn and enjoy the show.