that that Jesuit Bellarmine did us a great favor in laying out his arguments, thus inviting Gerhard to respond in his dogmatics, above all in *On the Church.* What pious and comforting words came out in response! And he's not out to show Bellarmine in the wrong - for many, many times he simply agrees with him and cites his own words back to him, pointing out gently where he's contradicted himself, and inviting him to cling to what in his words were true. But what mastery of the Sacred Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers, the Roman and the Calvinist theologians! I am amazed as argument after argument I had wondered about myself is considered thoughtfully, weighed in the balance, and either accepted or rejected. I had thought a few years back how not enough consideration is given to the eschatological weight of AC VII when it speaks of the Church as one assembly. Gerhard was there centuries ahead of me. He sees the fundamental visibility of the assembly appearing only at Judgement Day. I'm only up to page 120 - many hundreds yet to go, and I'm already dreading when this joyful book will wend to its end. How on earth this man was able to produce such work - but a single locus of his many volumed dogmatics - tend a flock with regular preaching, and find time for other masterful works is a miracle all by itself. He makes me feel like a lazy lob. And he's taught me the silliness of ridiculing the invisible vs. visible distinction with regard to the Church. Excellent stuff, I cannot recommend it highly enough - especially to those troubled by Roman or Eastern apologetic attacks in the area of the Church.