Category Archives: Matthew Levering

Apostolic Succession, Theories of Ecclesial Authority, and Biblical Exegesis: Miscellanies

As I noted on my FaceBook wall I am planning on writing a mini-exegetical paper on the doctrine of Apostolic Succession, as held to by both Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox in their own respective and distinct ways (i.e. … Continue reading

Posted in Ecclesiology, Matthew Levering | 3 Comments

Reading the Bible Theologically and Participatorily, Not Naturalistically and Linearly: Against Modern Bible Reading Practices

It has become almost self-evident that the way Christian persons are to interpret Holy Scripture comes from reconstructing history; through philological acumen; the ability to understand grammatical syntax, etc. While all of this, and more, is important towards culling the … Continue reading

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Towards a Biblical Doctrine of Inspiration

Yesterday I attended the Evangelical Theological Society’s regional meeting for the Pacific Northwest, held at Western Theological Seminary in Portland, OR. I made a new friend there with a brother who is like minded, and shares a lot of concerns … Continue reading

Posted in Angus Paddison, Doctrine of Scripture, John Webster, Matthew Levering | 7 Comments

Peter Enns and ‘Natural’ Bible Reading

Peter Enns just wrote a blog post in response to Andrew Wilson’s Christianity Today’s review of Enns’ new and rather controversial book (for many) The Bible Tells Me So. In Enns’ article he identifies twelve rhetorical strategies “evangelicals” like Andrew … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, Bibliology, Doctrine Of Creation, Doctrine of Scripture, Hermeneutics, John Webster, Matthew Levering, Peter Enns, Progressive Christianity | 5 Comments

The Christ Access to Biblical History and Hermeneutics

I think history is God’s history. And thus as Christians, why would we base our categories for engaging with the text of Scripture (and its historical location/locution) upon naturalistic assumptions about history, as if history does not have a Christological … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, Matthew Levering

Those Stupid Theologians, What Do They Know? ‘The Shepherd’s Voice’

Sixteenth century Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza didn’t like Christian Dogmatics or her theologian’s very much; in fact he sounds, unfortunately, very much so like many today—of course his reasons were a little different from many today, but not that much, … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine of Scripture, Hermeneutics, Karl Barth, Matthew Levering, Ontology Of Scripture, Passion-Devotion, T. F. Torrance, Theory of Revelation, Thomas F. Torrance | 5 Comments

Reading Scripture Theologically: Providing Relief From NT Wright and also the LGH

It is important to remember that the text of Scripture is not just Literature, it is that, of course, with all of its conventions and literary devices, to boot; but it is more than this as well. My North American Evangelical tradition … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, Karl Barth, Matthew Levering, N.T. Wright, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 4 Comments

Learning How To Read Scripture As Christians, Through Understanding Scripture’s Proper Placement

If you have ever struggled with biblical interpretation and hermenutical theory (i.e. your philosophy of Biblical interpretation), maybe part of that struggle has been because of unconscious captivity to a certain mode or philosophy of Biblical interpretation that you have … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, Bibliology, Doctrine of Scripture, Hermeneutics, John Webster, Matthew Levering, Ontology Of Scripture | 5 Comments

Silly Rabbit, Trix are for Kids: The Mythology of the Salvation-Atonement Distinction, ‘Sufficient for All, Efficient for the Elect’

Amongst the classically Reformed amongst us, it is common parlance to refer to a distinction, relative to the extent of the atonement of Jesus Christ (i.e. for whom did he die?, etc.), which goes like this: Christ’s death on the … Continue reading

Posted in David Bently Hart, Evangelical Calvinism, Matthew Levering, Predestination, Provocateur, R. Scott Clark, Reformed Theology, Salvation, Soteriology | 15 Comments

Reading Matthew Levering on Predestination, and Habets and Grow on the Same

I just picked up a new book to read, and I am very excited to read it! It is by Matthew Levering, and is on the doctrine of Predestination. Here’s the biblio: Matthew Levering, Predestination: Biblical and Theological Paths, (New York: Oxford University Press, … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Dogmatics, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Historical Christianity, Historical Theology, Matthew Levering, Salvation, Soteriology, Suzanne McDonald, Systematic Theology | 2 Comments