Category Archives: Athanasius

The Self-Communicating God of Athanasius Against the Mute God of Arius: God’s Being As Love Rather Than An Absolute Self

The doctrines of old never really get old. The heresies of old never really get old, they just re-emerge in new language games per the periods those language games are played within. Aspects of what is known as Arianism continue … Continue reading

Posted in Arius, Arthur McGill, Athanasius, Doctrine Of God, Patristic Theology, Trinity

The Athanasian God of Love: He Hasn’t Always Been the Creator; But He Has Always Been Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

I think an important reality to grasp when thinking about God’s relationship to us is that there is nothing in that relationship that is contingent upon us; it is all contingent upon who God is in himself as Father, Son, … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Barth, Doctrine Of God, Paul Molnar, T. F. Torrance

The Patristic Calvinists versus the Medieval Calvinists: Engaging with Athanasius’s Theology of Theosis in Conversation with Barth’s and Torrance’s Themes

I write about the same themes over and over again; someone even griped about that about me on FaceBook (I don’t think he thought I could see his gripe). But there’s a reason; I’ve been taken aback by the theology … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Barth, Evangelical Calvinism, Patristic Theology, Scottish Theology, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance | 3 Comments

‘The Eternally Fruitful Father’: How Creation and Salvation only Make Sense if God is Father of the Son in Athanasius’s Theology by Weinandy

Thomas Torrance picks up on the Athanasian idea that God has always already been Father, Son, and Holy Spirit but that becoming Creator was something new for God. As we dig further into Athanasius’s theology itself, as told by Thomas … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Patristic Theology, Soteriology, Thomas Weinandy

I am an Athanasian: How the Homoousion Saved Christianity by Inimically Implicating the Reality of Salvation

Thomas Torrance is known for his deployment of the homoousion, the grammar developed primarily at the Council of Nicaea in 325ad. It is the attempt to articulate how it is that Jesus, the eternal Logos, and Son of God is … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Evangelical Calvinism, Patristic Theology, Salvation, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Weinandy | 2 Comments

Athanasius’s Salvation as Logos Grounded Christ Conditioned Image of the Image Theology

I have written on this Athanasian Christological and soteriological theme previously, but I thought it would be good to reiterate it; particularly as I am continuing to read through Thomas Weinandy’s book Athanasius: A Theological Introduction. What I am referring … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Barth, Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, Salvation, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Weinandy | 1 Comment

St. Athanasius and Thomas Torrance in Collusion on the Assumption of the Fallen Human Nature in Christ

As an evangelical in Bible College and Seminary (I still consider myself, broadly construed, an ‘evangelical’) I held to the impeccability view of Christ’s humanity. In other words, I believed that not only could Christ not sin*, but that the … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Christology, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Doctrine Of Sin, Evangelical Calvinism, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Weinandy | 2 Comments

Athanasius and T.F. Torrance Contra Mundum, Against the World of classical Calvinist Forensic Conception of the Atonement

Here’s a post I originally wrote in 2011. It illustrates how evangelical Calvinists, following T.F. Torrance and Athanasius are at odds with classical Calvinist or Federal theology. In this post I use Michael Horton as the representative of the Covenantal/Forensic … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Evangelical Calvinism, Federal Theology, Salvation, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 6 Comments

The Athanasian Barth: The Holy Spirit of Christ in Salvation

Again, because this is important, in evangelical Calvinist theology, After Barth and After Athanasius, the work, the being and reality of salvation cannot be separated from the person of Christ (and the unio personalis). That said, how is the integrity … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Barth, Evangelical Calvinism, Robert Dale Dawson, Salvation, Soteriology | 5 Comments

Collapsing God Into Creation: On Athanasius and Evangelical Calvinism

Khaled Anatolios, in his most masterful book Retrieving Nicaea, offers something on the Trinitarian theology of Athanasius that is simply splendid! He is getting at something, relative to the neglect of a central aspect of Athanasius’s theology that indeed is key to … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Athanasius, Classical Theism, Doctrine of God, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book | 4 Comments