Category Archives: Salvation

Sola Gratia, Sola Fide in an Evangelical Calvinist-Torrancean Frame: In Distinction from Classical Federal Theology

Some people might wonder how Evangelical Calvinism in any meaningful way could ever be considered Reformed. I mean EC repudiates classical Federal theology, and does not endorse the theology codified in the Westminster Confession of Faith; so people are immediately … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Salvation, T. F. Torrance | 1 Comment

The ‘Logic of Grace’ and the Burden of the Gospel

I really don’t know what it is, I’d have to say it’s Jesus, and the work of the Holy Spirit, but as of late I’ve once again had a real sense of the ‘lostness’ of people all around me; people … Continue reading

Posted in I Corinthians, Salvation, T. F. Torrance | 2 Comments

An Introductory Post to a Longer Post that Will Argue Against Conditional Immortality and Annihilationism from a Barthian and Torrancean Doctrine of Election

I am currently writing a long post/mini-essay as an argument against what is called Conditional Immortality and/or Annihilationism. In the post I will clarify what that all entails, definitionally, and then of course I will refute CI and ‘annihilationism’ by … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Salvation, T. F. Torrance | 9 Comments

On a Christ Concentrated Theology: Its Historical Development from Calvin, to the Federal Theologians, to the Marrow Men, to Barth and Torrance

Evangelical Calvinism is really a bubbling over of a variety of impetuses from within the history of Reformed theology. We look to the Scottish theology of Thomas Torrance, and the antecedent theology he looks to in the theology of John … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Federal Theology, Salvation, Scottish Theology, Soteriology, Supralapsarianism, T. F. Torrance | 2 Comments

The Atonement of God in Christ: Covenant Theology, Penal Substitution, Ontology Atonement, Brian Zahnd, and Life Everlasting

Here at The Evangelical Calvinist we like to emphasize God’s grace, ‘all the way down’ as it were. We see this a necessary course correction given the imbalance that has been present, in particular,  in the Western enclave of the … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Barth, Brian Zahnd, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, George Hunsinger, Salvation, T. F. Torrance | 12 Comments

The 16th and 17th Century Reformed Covenantal Roots of the 21st Century evangelical and Reformed Theological Understanding of a ‘Legally Strained’ Gospel

When I can, I like to highlight where the legalistic character of the contemporary evangelical and Reformed faith came from. I realize that for many, maybe even most at this point, doctrine doesn’t really mean much these days for evangelicals; … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance Of Salvation, Brian Zahnd, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Robert Rollock, Salvation, Scottish Theology, Soteriology | 5 Comments

Getting Past the Caricatures of Calvin: Calvin the ‘in Christ’ Participatory Theologian

John Calvin often gets caricatured for a variety of reasons; the unfortunate thing about such caricatures is they keep people from benefiting from some very rich theology that he offers in the whole of his oeuvre. What I appreciate most about … Continue reading

Posted in John Calvin, Salvation, Soteriology | 4 Comments

I am an Athanasian: How the Homoousion Saved Christianity by Inimically Implicating the Reality of Salvation

Thomas Torrance is known for his deployment of the homoousion, the grammar developed primarily at the Council of Nicaea in 325ad. It is the attempt to articulate how it is that Jesus, the eternal Logos, and Son of God is … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Evangelical Calvinism, Patristic Theology, Salvation, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Weinandy | 2 Comments

Athanasius’s Salvation as Logos Grounded Christ Conditioned Image of the Image Theology

I have written on this Athanasian Christological and soteriological theme previously, but I thought it would be good to reiterate it; particularly as I am continuing to read through Thomas Weinandy’s book Athanasius: A Theological Introduction. What I am referring … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Barth, Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, Salvation, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Weinandy | 1 Comment

Salvation By Allegiance Alone: Introducing a Book Review Series and Some Engagement with Scot McKnight

I plan on doing a type of dialogical review of Matthew Bates’ recently released book, Salvation By Allegiance Alone, through a series of posts. I wanted to introduce the book to you all by quoting, at length, part of the … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Studies, Matthew Bates, Salvation | 3 Comments