Category Epistemology

Beyond the Culture Wars: Christian Theology and the Hard Sciences in Communicatio

We live in a period of history wherein scientism—the belief that modern scientific progression still has the inchoate capacity to unlock the mysteries of the universe one observation at a time/the belief that science has become the new magisteria, the new authority and foundation upon which human knowledge and progress will flourish—by and large underwrites […]

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 into an tertium quid, or even worse something completely alien to who he actually is. […]

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 at the moment (until I finish my personal chapter for our forthcoming EC book). I […]

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 rationality and wits before essence, before ‘being’ — as René Descartes was famous for intoning: […]

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 Dogmatics Vol. 1. The section I have been in orbits around this particular issue; although […]

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 multiple ways to try and tackle this. There have been mystical (Platonic) types of attempts […]

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 you would like to read where Barth develops this then tolle lege his Göttingen Dogmatics). […]

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 and his ways within a God-world relation; particularly as that God-world relation applies to Christian […]

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 first Open Theology theological conference (last year) that has ever taken place in the United […]

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, I am afraid some of this post will have to be just that. I, indeed, […]