I tell you what, if you weren’t Reformed before this tournament, you should be now. God’s providence is striking in this Elite 8 round! Calvin and Luther square off as 1-2 seeds to crown the champion of the Westminster region. (Cue Calvin versus the Puritans debate.)
Then, you have the students taking on their teachers. 3 seed John Frame survives Berkhof (by one vote) to take on the man who most influenced his thinking, Cornelius Van Til. Frame still is a friendly critic of Van Til. Though maybe Frame will have it out for his former professor after Van Til took down 1 seed Herman Bavinck (a major upset, in my book).
The lowest seed in the final eight, Sinclair Ferguson, faces his most daunting opponent in 1 seed John Owen. Ferguson has written extensively on Owen. Perhaps Sinclair’s Presbyterian polity can put himself over the congregationalist in Owen.
And finally, I contend you have two of North America’s most rigorous and intelligent theologians, Jonathan Edwards and B.B. Warfield, going at it in the other 1-2 matchup. Warfield doesn’t have the beauty of an Edwards, but his scholarship changed the game for confessional Presbyterians in the 20th century.
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1 John Calvin v 2 Martin Luther
4 Cornelius Van Til v 3 John Frame
1 Jonathan Edwards v 2 B.B. Warfield
1 John Owen v 7 Sinclair Ferguson