Category Archives: Election

The Character of God in Election. Miscellanies

At a personal existential level thought about election and reprobation is no small matter, or it shouldn’t be. It says much about whom God is; viz. the way God works in this area, or at least the way we conceive … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Bruce McCormack, David Congdon, Doctrine Of God, Election, Probing, Reformed Theology, Salvation

Thinking Election from Jesus not a Decree: Thomas Torrance’s Alternative Engagement with the Trad

Election continues to be a contentious issue for many in the orthodox Christian church; I don’t intend on alleviating that tension here. In this post I will focus on contrasting the classical Reformed understanding of election with Thomas Torrance’s classically Christologically … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Salvation, T. F. Torrance | 6 Comments

Pierre Maury, “An Election without Christology,” and The Evangelical Calvinist Way Explained

John Calvin calls the reality of the absolute decree in regard to predestination a “labyrinth;” others in the tradition have equally voiced concern about election as if it is a secret thing bound up in the hidden will of God … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Pierre Maury | 2 Comments

How Karl Barth Ensnared me With His Doctrine of Election and The Pierre Maury French Connection: With Some Response to William B. Evans

Let me just say one more thing about Barth. William B. Evans over at his blog, The Ecclesial Calvinist, has picked up on what started online as a result of my posts (presumably) on Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum. Evans … Continue reading

Posted in Election, Pierre Maury | 4 Comments

An Evangelical Calvinist Critique of the Theology that Funds 5 Point Calvinism: A Critique of the Westminster Confession of Faith

Discussion about Calvinism (and Arminianism) really hasn’t waned, even if my blog posts in that regard have. The original motivation for this blog, The Evangelical Calvinist, was to be a place where I offered critique of what I have called … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Salvation, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance | 12 Comments

The ‘evangelical’ in the Calvinism: No God or Decree Behind the Back of Jesus in Predestination

Thomas F. Torrance, the patron saint of evangelical Calvinists articulates his Reformed view and reformulated articulation of predestination better than anyone else could; so here he is in his own voice from a lecture from him I’d never read before. … Continue reading

Posted in Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Predestination, Salvation, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance

Barth’s Doctrine of Double Predestination as an Encouragement

The doctrine of predestination (involving election/reprobation) can be a source of much consternation for many people; especially if people believe that the only alternatives can be found in the poles of classical Calvinism or Arminianism. But of course here at … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Christology, Election, Karl Barth, Predestination, Reformed Theology, Shao Kai Tseng, Vicarious, Vicarious Humanity | 2 Comments

Election

Election continues to be a point of discussion, and contention, among thinking Christians. In this short post I would like to offer a distinction between a classical understanding of election (held among classical Calvinists), and then an evangelical Calvinist understanding … Continue reading

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Jürgen Moltmann on Karl Barth’s Predestination at Princeton

For Karl Barth the doctrine of election is the sum of the Gospel; he writes (in CD §32): ‘the doctrine of election is the sum of the Gospel because of all the words that can be said or heard it … Continue reading

Posted in Augustine, Election, J. N. D. Kelly, Jürgen Moltmann, Karl Barth, Predestination | 2 Comments

A Brave New World for Predestination and Election: Getting Beyond ‘the dark-patch’ Behind the Back of Jesus

Something that I really think makes what we are offering in Evangelical Calvinism fruitful, among many things, is the unique and yet Reformed, but reworked understanding of the doctrine of election. I think maybe that what we are attempting to highlight for … Continue reading

Posted in Election, Evangelical Calvinism, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 6 Comments