Category Archives: Classical Theism

No to the ‘Just Is’ God: Knowing God in Fulfillment Rather than Promise; Knowing God as Christians Rather than as Pre-Christian Christians

Classical theism, particularly of the medieval and post reformed orthodox (16th and 17th c.) style operates from a rather discursive notion of God. We might come to imagine that we just do know God; that is if we press our … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Christology, Classical Theism, Doctrine Of God, Revelational Theology, Theological Epistemology, Theological Ontology | 5 Comments

‘God by nature is technically indifferent towards Creatures’: Worshipping the God of the Philosophers Rather than the God of the Bible

The Bible uses metaphors, analogies even, when referring to God. One of those, the one I think is most apropos for the topic of this post is: Rock. The idea of ‘rock’ connotes thoughts of immovability, hardness, strength, stability, security … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Doctrine Of God, Steve Duby | 12 Comments

The Most Important Thing, Knowledge of God: Actualistic Faith Trumps Stabilized Being

One of the first hooks for me with Barth’s theology was his conception of what is called the analogia fidei (‘analogy of faith’ — in contrast to the classical analogia entis ‘analogy of being’). At first reading and contemplation I … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Barth, Bruce McCormack, Classical Theism | 1 Comment

Correcting the Errors of Classical Theism and Its Recovery for the Protestant Evangelical Churches: Get God Wrong, Get Everything Following Wrong

Who is God? This basic but all important question has significant ramifications for everything; it is not just a “theological academic” question, it is a question that people live out of every day of their daily lives (whether they are … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Bruce McCormack, Classical Theism, David Congdon, Doctrine Of God

Is God Really Immutable? If He Is, How Is He? Muller, Molnar, Barth

Divine immutability; it is sometimes thought of as a purely philosophical lens imposed upon the God revealed in Jesus Christ and Holy Scripture (think of people like Pinnock, Harnack, et al.). For some it has functioned very much so in … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Classical Theism, Doctrine Of God, Paul Molnar | 2 Comments

No. You Can’t Make me. I Don’t Want to Worship the God of the Calvinists and Classical Theists; I Want to Worship the God Revealed in Jesus Christ

I think since I started blogging in 2005 I’ve covered the gamut in regard to writing on all things Calvinism. But what is it that I find most troubling about what Calvinism is offering? Any ‘system’ of theology will be … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Arminianism, Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Doctrine Of God, Evangelical Calvinism | 1 Comment

Germans, Decrees, and “A God Behind the Back of Jesus”

This was the topic of my only offering to Christianity Today (2013); the issue of God’s so called transcendence and immanence, relative to the creaturely order. My article was a contribution to their Global Gospel Project, and in it I … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Barth, Classical Theism, David Congdon, Dialectical Theology, T. F. Torrance, Theory of Revelation | 1 Comment

Arius, ‘the good Greek’: And Miscellanies on the Greekification of God

This is not going to be an extensive engagement with nor introduction to Arius’s theology, in fact I will presume that those reading this will already have some sort of understanding of who, Arius was in the history of the … Continue reading

Posted in Arius, Classical Theism, Cornelius van der Kooi, Doctrine Of God, Gijsbert van den Brink | 23 Comments

The Real Reason for Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation: And How that Confronts and Contradicts what is Known as Reformed Orthodoxy Today

I was first introduced to Martin Luther’s theology, for real, in my 2002 Reformation theology class, during seminary, under the tutelage of Dr. Ron Frost (who I would later serve as a TA for, and be mentored by). Ron had … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Ron Frost, T. F. Torrance | 14 Comments

John Piper’s Conception of God (who ordains evil) Needs to Be Evangelized by Jesus

I just came across this quote from John Piper, yes that John Piper, the one I used to engage with constantly here at this blog and other iterations of my blogging life. In this quote you will read something quite … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Classical Theism, Doctrine Of God, John Piper | 14 Comments