Category Archives: Christology

The Pure and Utter Centrality of the Homoousion in the Theology of Thomas Torrance: God Become Man and What That Means for Us

The homoousion is the key piece of language the council of Chalcedon borrowed from the Greeks in order to put it in the service of grammarizing a way towards speaking of the reality of the eternal Son, Jesus Christ, as … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Vicarious, Vicarious Humanity | 4 Comments

Christ as the first-fruits and first-born from the death of death: Reflecting Further Upon Sin and Its ‘Sensuous Origin’

As I continue to get into researching ‘sin’ I am doing so through reading, in part, stuff from Dutch theologian, Herman Bavinck. I am reading a section he has from his Dogmatics, Vol.3, called The Origin of Sin; how fitting. … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Christology, Doctrine Of Sin, God's Holiness, Herman Bavinck, Incarnation, Salvation, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance | 1 Comment

The Elevation-Line in Theology: The Primacy of God in Incarnation and His Reality in ‘EC’ Theology

I have written on the primacy of Christ and ‘elevation-line’ theology before (a theology articulated in the medieval period by John Duns Scotus), here at the blog; but I thought I would revisit it (it has come up in my … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Salvation, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 2 Comments

God’s Love is the Incarnation: Why Christians Celebrate this Season

It is so easy to get caught up in the fast paced materialistic trappings of pagan/secular Christmas rituals; it is all around. But as Christians we are content with a slower pace, a redemptive rhythm that is contingent not upon … Continue reading

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Thank God for Jesus! Corrupted Interpreters that We Are

Karl Barth saw quite clearly, as a modern theologian himself, the hermeneutical problem that plagues each and every one of us. He had the 18th and 19th century theologians in mind when he penned the following, but the critique is … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Christology, Hermeneutics, Kenneth Oakes | 3 Comments

The Christology of Leo’s Tome, The Chalcedonian Settlement, and Miscellaneous Thoughts on Church Trad and Biblical Interpretation

I wanted to share J.N.D. Kelly’s summarizing of the theses presented in Pope Leo I’s Tome. The writings which helped contribute to what became known as the Chalcedonian settlement which occurred at the Council of Chalcedon in 451ad. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Christology, Hermeneutics, J. N. D. Kelly, Patristic, Patristic Theology, Theological Exegesis, Tradition | 2 Comments

The Mystery of Godliness in Flesh: Engaging with K Sonderegger’s “Immutable-Mutability” in the Hypostatic Union

Katherine Sonderegger’s recently released (2015) Systematic Theology. Volume 1, The Doctrine of God is a theology text that is textured and dripping with doxological prose towards a God who you sense is truly holy as you work your way through … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Doxology, Katherine Sonderegger | 1 Comment

The Fallen Humanity of Christ with Reference to John Calvin and Oliver Crisp

I just finished reading a really provocative and intriguing essay by Ho-Jin Ahn in the Scottish Journal of Theology. In it he takes Oliver Crisp to task (at least at the ground clearing level) on Crisp’s argument that Christ could … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, John Calvin, Oliver Crisp

God’s Plight as Our Plight in Christ; Death Couldn’t Hold Him Down

I have read loads of theology books over the years, but I can’t ever recall being moved to tears as a result of reading them. That just changed as I’m finishing up Robert Dale Dawson’s book (published PhD dissertation) The … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Christology, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Doxology, Robert Dale Dawson

New Creation in Christ: The Resurrection of Christ and Its Implications for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of God

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is as primal, and more so, than original creation itself. It is such because original creation (i.e. Genesis 1–2) was always intended for greater things, in Christ. We can see creation’s original telos or purpose … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Christology, Doctrine Of Creation, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, John Webster