Category Archives: Prolegomena

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Epistemology, Evangelical Calvinism, Prolegomena, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 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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Reformed Theology: Affective Theology and Evangelical Calvinism, Highlighting their Reality and Charting New Ways

In the last post we spoke of a development in Reformed theology known as Affective Theology. I was first introduced to this thread of Reformed theology in seminary by my professor (who also became a mentor of mine as I … Continue reading

Posted in Affective Theology, Evangelical Calvinism, Prolegomena, Richard Muller | 6 Comments

There is No Secret Eternal Will of God, There is Only Jesus

When you read Karl Barth what you get is the usual Reformed lexicon, but with a different theological grammar defining it. In other words you will get words like ‘election’ ‘reprobation’ ‘covenant’ ‘extra Calvinisticum’ and a host of other Reformedisms. … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Karl Barth, Prolegomena | 3 Comments

Living Under Pressure

Pressure. Pressure is an important concept when it comes to theology and thinking about God. I was out in the rail yard building trains today, and as I had a moment or two to reflect I thought about the guys … Continue reading

Posted in Analogy of Faith, Prolegomena | 2 Comments

‘Schooled in the faith of Christ’: Thomas Torrance Responds to Rachel Held Evans’ “Questioning” Approach

As you all know I had an interesting engagement with Rachel Held Evans this last week here at the blog; particularly because I chose to write too quickly, and thus not respectfully of RHE. In the aftermath of that I … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Probing, Progressive Christianity, Prolegomena, Rachel Held Evans, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 3 Comments

Knowing God in an Evangelistic Context: “Getting Beyond Barth”

Ha, tricked you! Actually this post is directly dealing with the ‘material Barth,’ he is not anything like the ‘material girl’. The ‘material Barth’ goes beyond the politicking that has unfortunately marginalized Barth for many; the material Barth (and what … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Analytic Theology, Analytical Theology, Apologetics, Barth, Karl Barth, Philosophical Theology, Prolegomena, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance

What is Natural Theology? and Why It Should be Abhorred.

Often I reference Natural Theology on my forum/blog, but I do not often give an explanation for what it is in a basic sense. So with this post I hope to quickly remedy that by providing a basic definition of … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Barth, Karl Barth, Millard J. Erickson, Prolegomena, Systematic Theology | 9 Comments

What Does Doing Trinitarian Theology Really Mean, Bobby? Come on, We are all evangelicals here; we all affirm the Trinity!

To elaborate further on my last post, and a move (by myself, personally) into a Trinitarian theology approach towards doing theology, let me highlight what this means a little more extensively. I mean after all, what I am asserting (about … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, D.A. Carson, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Karl Barth, Michael Bird, Prolegomena, Reformed Theology, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism, Tim Keller, Trinity

‘The Mystery of God’, Knowing God Even If He Appears Unknowable

COMMENTS ARE GOING TO BE OPEN FROM NOW ON! (What good is a blog without comments?) I just started reading Steven D. Boyer and Christopher A. Hall, The Mystery of God: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012), … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Augustine, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Prolegomena