Category Archives: Epistemology

Language About God’s Life: How Language Ought to Be Transformed By God’s Self-Revelation in Theological Discourse

As Trinitarians Christians often, and rightly, refer to the inner reality of God’s singular life as his ousia or ‘being.’ The fear might be that Christians might be imposing Hellenistic (i.e. classical Greek philosophical) categories onto God thus morphing him … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Epistemology, Evangelical Calvinism, Prolegomena, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 1 Comment

The Reason ‘Human Reason’ Should Not Be Trusted: A Christian Dogmatic Account

Here is a post I wrote just over a year ago. It did not get much notice the first time I posted it, so I am going to recycle it in lieu of my inability to write many blog posts … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, John Webster | 15 Comments

Jesus, the Ultimate Question and Questioner for Us: According to Thomas Torrance

As modern and post-modern Christians we are plagued with an impulse, intellectually and socio-culturally, to place the questioner before the object or subject under “question.” In other words in rather Cartesian form we have placed our existence, and thus our … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Faith, Epistemology, Ontology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Vicarious, Vicarious Humanity

Natural Theology for the Post-Reformed orthodox, for Christians in General, and for Bobby Grow in Particular

Staying on the recent theme we will continue to think about ‘natural theology’ ‘natural revelation’ ‘revealed theology’ etc. Full disclosure, the reason I’m focused on this at the moment is that I am currently reading through Richard Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Doctrine Of Creation, Epistemology, Richard Muller, Theo-Anthropology | 12 Comments

Knowing God: Martin Luther, Karl Barth, Thomas Torrance. Theologia Crucis against Analogia Entis

Knowing God, it is what we as Christians all desire; we want to not only know Him, but know that we have a more sure way of knowing God. In the history of the church and ideas there have been … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Barth, Epistemology, Karl Barth, Richard Muller, T. F. Torrance, Theology Of Glory, Theology Of The Cross, Theology of the Cross, Theory of Revelation, Thomas Aquinas, Thomism | 10 Comments

The Tradition of the Church and orthodoxy Need to be Tested by the Rule[r], Jesus: Hilary, Barth, and Bobby

It is right to only attempt to do Christian theology after the recognition that Deus dixit (‘God has spoken’). Herman Bavinck, and Karl Barth after him, in their own ways recognized this reality and proceeded in their theologizing accordingly (if … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Faith, Barth, Epistemology, George Hunsinger, Hilary

The Reason ‘Reason’ Should Not Function in Place of Revelation: Against Modernity

In my last post I quickly and from the top sketched the problem that John Shore had in his appeal to reason as if it was a new form or mode of revelation from God, and more importantly, about God … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Christian Dogmatics, Epistemology, Grace, John Webster, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance, Theo-Anthropology, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism, Trinity | 1 Comment

What do we know of evil and sin?: A Response to Open Theism from Christ Concentrated Theism

I have been having a quick discussion, once again, around the issue of so called ‘Open Theism.’ I had a “friend” on Facebook who is a strong proponent for Open Theism, so strong that he helped organize (I think) the … Continue reading

Posted in Analogy of Faith, Analytic Theology, Analytical Theology, Barth, Christology, Doctrine Of Creation, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Doctrine Of Sin, Epistemology, Karl Barth, Ontology, Open Theism | 14 Comments

Miracles Can’t ‘Prove’ God: The Evangelical Heritage

I don’t want this post to be another one of those posts that bashes the Christian Fundamentalist and Evangelical past; the past that I was weened in, and moved and breathed in (still do, somewhat!) for my whole life. But, … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Apologetics, Doctrine Of Creation, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Epistemology, Evangelicalism, Evangelism, Fundamentalism, George Hunsinger, Karl Barth, Ontology

Really, Nash? Ronald Nash’s Attempt to Critique Torrance, Barth and the Whole Crew: My Brief Response

It is always nice when an Evangelical (Reformed) philosopher of religion takes note of Christian Dogmaticians outside of their normal sphere of comfortability, but sometimes this is a dangerous path to travel. Such is the path that Ronald Nash has … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Analytic Theology, Analytical Theology, Bruce McCormack, Christian Dogmatics, Classical Theism, Continental Theology, Dialectical Theology, Epistemology, Incarnation, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy, Prolegomena, Ronald Nash, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance, Theology, Thomas F. Torrance | 3 Comments