Category Archives: Reformation

‘He Descended to Hell’: How Historic Protestants Interpreted this Phrase in the Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, … Continue reading

Posted in Holiday, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Richard Muller

The Real Reason for Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation: And How that Confronts and Contradicts what is Known as Reformed Orthodoxy Today

I was first introduced to Martin Luther’s theology, for real, in my 2002 Reformation theology class, during seminary, under the tutelage of Dr. Ron Frost (who I would later serve as a TA for, and be mentored by). Ron had … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Ron Frost, T. F. Torrance | 14 Comments

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

Understanding and Critiquing Paleo-Covenant Theology: Do Contemporary Covenant Theologians Genuinely Represent Old School Federal Theology?

There has certainly been a resurgence of Reformed theology in the last ten to fifteen years or so; one notable, at a popular level is the so called: Young, Restless, and Reformed. The evangelical Calvinism that Myk Habets and I … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Heinrich Bullinger, Karl Barth, Purtian Theology, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Salvation, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 1 Comment

Martin Luther, Thomas Torrance, and Karl Barth on the Theology of the Cross and its Marginalization of Human Reason

I just finished, for the second time in thirteen years, Alister McGrath’s wonderful book Luther’s Theology Of The Cross. As the title indicates, the book is about developing the historical and theological context in which Luther had his theological and … Continue reading

Posted in Alister McGrath, Karl Barth, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, T. F. Torrance, Theology Of The Cross, Theology of the Cross, Thomas F. Torrance | 1 Comment

Martin Luther’s ‘Real Reason for the Protestant Reformation’, and What Critics of evangelical Calvinism Don’t Get about evangelical Calvinism’s Impetus or Their Own Mode of Theologizing

Martin Luther famously critiqued and rejected Aristotle, and the impact that Aristotelian philosophy had had upon Christian theology in the late medieval period; particularly as mediated through the synthesis of Thomas Aquinas’s theology with Aristotelian philosophy. This was such a … Continue reading

Posted in Alister McGrath, Aristotle, Barth, Evangelical Calvinism, Karl Barth, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Richard Muller, Ron Frost, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism

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 Intellectual and Social Seed-bed of Secularism-Pluralism in the West is the Church

I have always found it intriguing—insofar as I have known about this relationship—the relationship between secularism, pluralism, and scientism, with its intellectual origins within Protestantism. In Kurt Anders Richardson’s book Reading Karl Barth: New Directions For North American Theology, he … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Ecclesial, Ecclesiology, Kurt Anders Richardson, Reformation, Reformed Theology

The Covenant of Works, The Covenant of Grace; What Are They? The evangelical Calvinists Respond

As evangelical Calvinists we stand within an alternative stream from classical Calvinism, or Federal/Covenantal theology; the type of Calvinism that stands as orthodoxy for Calvinists today in most parts of North America and the Western world in general. The blurb … Continue reading

Posted in 5 Point Calvinism, Barth, Caspar Olevianus, Christian Spirituality, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Cultural Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Federal Theology, Karl Barth, Lyle Bierma, Order of Salvation, Pastoral, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Scottish Theology, Semi-Pelagianism, Soteriology, Spirituality, T. F. Torrance, Theo-Anthropology, Theoblogging, Thomas F. Torrance | 1 Comment

The Theologian For Us. Jesus Christ: The Word “Theology” and its Pagan Origin But Reception by the Protestants

The word theology is a transliteration of the Latin theologia which itself is a transliteration of the Greek. Richard Muller helpfully develops the etymology of how ‘theology,’ the word, came into usage among Christians, and in particular how that took … Continue reading

Posted in Reformation, Reformed Theology, Richard Muller | 6 Comments