Category Archives: Historical Theology

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

My 2002 Synopsis of Melanchthon’s Loci Communes, 1521

The following is a synopsis I wrote for my Reformation Theology class in seminary on Melanchthon’s, Loci Communes, 1521. Forgive me for some of my grammatical sloppiness. At this point I had never read any Karl Barth nor Thomas Torrance, … Continue reading

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How Erasmus’ Mood Impacts the Development and Posture of an Evangelical Calvinist

When I first came across the reality of late medieval scholasticism at work in the Roman Catholic Church, and then later in the Post Reformed orthodox period of the Protestant Reformation, it brought a lot together for me. As a … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Cultural Calvinism, Erasmus, Evangelical Calvinism, Historical Theology

The Quingentesimus of the Protestant Reformation and the Analogia Lutherano in Christ Concentrated Biblical Exegesis

As I announced on FaceBook a week or so ago, given that we are in the year that leads to the Quingentesimus, or 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (i.e. October 31st, 1517), I have decided, in celebration, to devote … Continue reading

Posted in Alister McGrath, Barth, Hermeneutics, Historical Theology, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, T. F. Torrance, Theological Exegesis, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism | 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

Luther: Humans After the Fall are Philosophers

Martin Luther on the natural state of being human after the Fall; Luther thinks that when it comes to God people in their fallen status can only elevate to the level of philosopher. It is an insight that Feuerbach, in … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Faith, Evangelical Calvinism, Historical Theology, Martin Luther | 1 Comment

Historical Theology as Fundamental for the Theologian’s Task

Something that drastically changed my theological development and life was and is historical theology; I first engaged with it in my seminary Reformation and Patristic theology classes. For the first time (at that point), pieces really began to fall into … Continue reading

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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

The Catholic Roots of the Protestant Gospel

I once read a book entitled The Catholic Roots of the Protestant Gospel: Encounter Between the Middle Ages and the Reformation (Studies in the History of Christian Thought) by Stephen Strehle. Unfortunately this title is now out of print (I have … Continue reading

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