Category Archives: Historical Christianity

What is God? No. Who is God? The Impasse that Gave Us a Stillborn Evangelical and Reformed Faith

Who is God? Or maybe the question is: What is God? The latter question is what the Post Reformed orthodox theologians were concerned with, and it is this question that we receive an answer for in the Westminster Confession of … Continue reading

Posted in Cornelius van der Kooi, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Doctrine Of God, Gijsbert van den Brink, Historical Christianity, Historical Theology, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Ron Frost | 1 Comment

The Whole Church of Jesus Christ Needs to be ‘Always Reforming,’ Not Just the Reformed: Christian Humanism’s Significance for the 21st Century Church

In the past I have referred to Christian Humanism in my blog posts, and the significance I see in that medieval movement towards fostering the atmosphere where the Protestant Reformation could foment and burn. Personally I have been motivated by … Continue reading

Posted in Alister McGrath, Barth, Evangelical Calvinism, Historical Christianity, Historical Theology, Karl Barth, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 1 Comment

Ontology of Grace and Substance Metaphysics

Some have said that talk of ‘substance’ metaphysics is erroneous, I’ll do a post on who in the days to come. Until then I think the following is instructive towards understanding, theologically, what substance metaphysics is referring to when the … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Historical Christianity, Thomas Aquinas, Thomism | 2 Comments

The Church as the ‘Translated’ Faith, a Maasai Creed, and the Dominant ‘Faith of Christ’

The domination of Biblical exegesis and Theological development by White male Europeans in the church’s history continues to be a mantra chanted by many who are seeking to do exegesis and theology from a post-colonial, anti-empire hermeneutic; in other words, … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Christianity, Culture, Hermeneutics, Historical Christianity, J. Todd Billings | 11 Comments

Reading Scripture In the Life of the Trinity, In Theosis

I must admit, ever since encountering Patristic theology and their hermeneutics in seminary (back in 2002) for the first time, my compass for hermeneutical theory began to take a tailspin. And then a little later, as I continued to dig, … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Donald Fairbairn, Hermeneutics, Historical Christianity, Historical Theology, Incarnation, Patristic Theology | 9 Comments

“It isn’t voluntary”: Our Parents, Our History

One thing that really helped me in learning to be a more “critical” theological thinker was to be immersed into the world of historical theology, in particular Reformational and Patristic theology, in my seminary days. Prior to this kind of … Continue reading

Posted in Historical Christianity, Historical Theology

Conversational [Dialogical] Theology: Being a Catholic Interpreter, with Advice for N.T. Wright

If the Christian life is dialogical, or shaped by conversation with God and His people; which it is (I would argue). And if Jesus Christ, according to Paul, promised that He would build His Church up by providing it with … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, Christian Dogmatics, Christology, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of Scripture, Historical Christianity, Historical Theology, NT Wright, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Tradition | 3 Comments

classical Calvinism juxtaposed with Affective Theology: Comparing and Contrasting William Perkins and Richard Sibbes

*This is a repost that I am sure almost none of you have read. I am feeling pretty undermotivated to write blog posts at the moment, so this will have to suffice. I have added a caveat to this post … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Historical Christianity, Historical Theology, Richard Sibbes, Ron Frost, Salvation, Soteriology, William Perkins | 2 Comments

The ‘thing’ Is Historical Theology

You know the ‘thing’ in my last post, it is going to be a let down for you, I am sure! But it isn’t for me. The ‘thing’ that changed my life (other than Jesus, of course!), that I am … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelical Calvinism, Historical Christianity, Historical Theology | 3 Comments

‘From’ Christ, not ‘For’ Christ: “Why don’t you have a category for obedience?”

I have lots of people email (instead of comment) me about my various posts here at the blog. Recently I received an email from someone who wondered why I didn’t have a category (in my categories for the blog) designated … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Analogy of Faith, Christian Dogmatics, Christian Spirituality, Christology, Devotion, Doctrine of God, Doctrine Of Sin, Ethics, Evangelical Calvinism, Grace, Hermeneutics, Historical Christianity, Historical Theology, Kim Riddlebarger, Pneumatology, Predestination, Reformed Theology, Salvation, Soteriology, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance, Theo-Anthropology, Theological Exegesis, Theology Of The Cross, Thomas F. Torrance, Tradition, Trinity, Vicarious, Vicarious Humanity, White Horse Inn | 20 Comments