Category Archives: Patristic

A Mini-Sketch of Pelagius and Pelagianism with Reference to JND Kelly

We often hear of Pelagianism, or of Pelagius himself. We know it is a heresy which Augustine in the 5th century combated; but we don’t often hear exactly what Pelagianism entails. I thought in an effort to remedy this type … Continue reading

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The Christology of Leo’s Tome, The Chalcedonian Settlement, and Miscellaneous Thoughts on Church Trad and Biblical Interpretation

I wanted to share J.N.D. Kelly’s summarizing of the theses presented in Pope Leo I’s Tome. The writings which helped contribute to what became known as the Chalcedonian settlement which occurred at the Council of Chalcedon in 451ad. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Christology, Hermeneutics, J. N. D. Kelly, Patristic, Patristic Theology, Theological Exegesis, Tradition | 2 Comments

The Father-Son Relation: Rowan Williams on the Irenaean Theology of Participation, and TF Torrance’s Homoousion

Rowan Williams in his chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Jesus entitled A History of Faith in Jesus offers historical insight to the rapid doxological posture the early church took towards Jesus as God become man. As Williams details this … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Evangelical Calvinism, Hilary, Irenaeus, Karl Barth, Patristic, Patristic Theology, Rowan Williams, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Trinity, Union With Christ, Vicarious, Vicarious Humanity | 2 Comments

Response to Bruce Ware: Khaled Anatolios in Context and Lewis Ayres

What we know of the persons is their modes of origination and the characteristics attributed to them by Scripture—as long as all attributes are understood to be those of the one simple Godhead. The language of individuation itself serves here … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Ware, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Gregory of Nyssa, Khaled Anatolios, Lewis Ayres, Patristic, Patristic Theology, Trinity | 6 Comments

Harnack’s Hellenization Thesis, Heretics, and Evangelizing Metaphysics: Thomas Torrance and Thomas Aquinas

In this post I will write off the top, for the most part, at least when referring to Thomas Torrance, and will offer some suggestions about how I think Torrance operated in his constructive methodology of retrieving patristic theology, and … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Orthodoxy, Greek Orthodox, Patristic, Patristic Theology, Peter Leithart, Robert Jenson, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism | 2 Comments

The Mind of the Church: Homoousion as the Key in the Theology of Thomas Torrance

For Thomas F. Torrance the homoousion is key. The homoousion is the patristic development that articulates the reality of the consubstantial relation that inheres between the eternal Logos, and the eternal Father (and the eternal Spirit); i.e. the idea that … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Hermeneutics, Patristic, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance

Hope for Today in the Apocalyptic of the Book of Revelation: Patristic Readings of Revelation

Richard Bauckham’s two books on the book of Revelation, The Theology of the Book of Revelation and The Climax of Prophecy are both excellent (which is an understatement)! I just started a new book (which I will take some time … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, Eschatology, Patristic, Patristic Theology

St. Ephrem the Syrian, Thomas F. Torrance on a Theology of Nature rather than Natural Theology

Thomas Torrance has many things in common with the Patristic theologians and writers he spent so much time with. Mark Mourachian a scholar of one of these early Christian theologians, St. Ephrem the Syrian, constructively brings T.F. Torrance into discussion … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine Of Creation, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Orthodoxy, Patristic, Patristic Theology, St. Ephrem the Syrian, T. F. Torrance, Theology of Nature, Thomas F. Torrance

Jumping into the Tiber or Black Sea: A Movement ‘Back to the Sources’ by Protestants

There is a movement of evangelical Christians back to the sources ad fontes; something of the sort that we saw take place in the 16th century among Christian thinkers like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Peter Martyr Vermigli, et al. A … Continue reading

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A Christian Apologetic: Torrance and “Justin Martyr,” Proving Jesus

Thomas Torrance, in his Theological Science (his theological method, and a title of one of his books), follows what he calls an epistemological inversion; in short, epistemological inversion is the approach that holds out that an object or subject (or … Continue reading

Posted in Analogy of Faith, Analytic Theology, Analytical Theology, Apologetics, Epistemology, Evangelicalism, Fundamentalism, Justin Martyr, Patristic, Patristic Theology, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy, T. F. Torrance | 7 Comments