Category Dialectical Theology

Making a Distinction; an Existential Theologian vis-à-vis Sapiential Theologian: Finding the Dialectical in the Singular Person, Jesus Christ

David Congdon offers an insightful quote on the distinction between being an existential theologian versus a sapiential one; for his purposes he is using this distinction to help draw some lines between Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann. Whoever the characters are, whether Luther/Aquinas (which is the original pairing), Barth/Bultmann et al. I think the distinction […]

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 attempt to popularly introduce a rather technical conception, that in the history is known as […]

Theology is Really Dialogue with God. What Does It Mean to be Dialectical in Our Thought?

I was going to write a post after I got some shut eye quoting the exact quote I quote in full from Barth in this already written post (sometimes I even surprise myself at my prolificacy in blog posts). Anyway, this really only serves as an introduction to what being dialectical meant, theologically, for Barth. […]

Mysterium Trinitatis: George Hunsinger on Barth’s Trinitarian Dialecticism, and the Deus Incarnandus

Here is one more post from another old blog of mine from back in 2008. This one is also engaging with George Hunsinger, but this time with reference to uncle Karl rather than Torrance. The way I run with the quote from Hunsinger is interesting to me as I look at it again. You will […]

Theology is really dialogue with God.

Instead of thinking about theology as an analytical science such as philosophical inquiry represents I think it would be much better if we started with the confessional reality that ‘God has spoken’ (Deus dixit). If we approach theology this way our categories will be different (from the typical ways that theology is usually construed, and […]

Thesis 9. Evangelical Calvinism is a form of dialectical theology.

*The following is taken from chapter 15 from our Evangelical Calvinism book. Myk Habets and I cowrote this chapter which offers 15 theological theses that represent Myk Habets’ and my understanding of what Evangelical Calvinism entails at least by way of contours of thought. Thesis 9. Evangelical Calvinism is a form of dialectical theology. The […]

Against the Metaphysical Machine: Being Biblical and Avoiding ‘Systems’

Myk Habets and I have written in our Evangelical Calvinism book for our thesis number 9, this: Evangelical Calvinism is a form of dialectical theology. The systematic theology of Evangelical Calvinism is dialectical in character rather than strictly philosophical or analytical. It is not content to formulate a system of theology whereby Christianity is reduced […]

An Open [Instead of Shutdown] Theology of Grace and Election Funded by God in Christ: In Response to the New Book: From Heaven He Came and Sought Her. Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective

Today I just became aware of a new book out by Crossway entitled: From Heaven He Came and Sought Her edited by David Gibson and John Gibson. Justin Taylor, Crossway’s general editor who, put this book together (at his level), just posted on this book at his blog here. And the book itself has a promotional website here,  where you can […]

Salvation for All, but for Some: The Universality of God’s Grace, and the Particularity of Christ’s Faith in Salvation

Okay, I don’t know how else to do this, so I am going to transcribe George Hunsinger on Karl Barth and Barth’s understanding of the dialectic between the universality of grace, and the particularity of existential faith (for individual people); and how all of this reflects a kind of tension latent within the pages of […]

Theo-logic and Scripture’s Teaching in Dialectic

What is theo-logic? And how does dialectic and the teaching of Scripture relate to theo-logic as a regulative mechanism? Now there are a couple of questions that I am sure you have been pondering lately (ha!). The way I understand theo-logic is that it is what we end up with when we follow the inner-logical […]