Category Archives: Scottish Theology

The Love of the Triune Life as the Reality of Salvation in the Theology of Hugh Binning

Here is young Scottish theologian (1627–1653), Hugh Binning. He died at a very young age, but in his short life he was able to communicate some beautiful things about God, and how the Triune life was involved in the reality of … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine Of God, Salvation, Scottish Theology, T. F. Torrance, Trinity

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 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

The Patristic Calvinists versus the Medieval Calvinists: Engaging with Athanasius’s Theology of Theosis in Conversation with Barth’s and Torrance’s Themes

I write about the same themes over and over again; someone even griped about that about me on FaceBook (I don’t think he thought I could see his gripe). But there’s a reason; I’ve been taken aback by the theology … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Barth, Evangelical Calvinism, Patristic Theology, Scottish Theology, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance | 3 Comments

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

George Hunsinger Clarifies the Doctrine of Vicarious Humanity in TF Torrance’s Theology

Here is something I originally posted at another blog way back in December 2008. At this point I was still in the process of just cutting my teeth on Torrance’s theology, and grasping better how central the doctrine of the … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelical Calvinism, George Hunsinger, Salvation, Scottish Theology, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Vicarious, Vicarious Humanity | 2 Comments

Grace Compared and Correlated: classical Reformed theology versus evangelical Calvinist theology

There is a lot of talk nowadays about the theology of Thomas Aquinas. Typically when it is Reformed Protestants the reference to Aquinas’ theology has more to do with his Trinitarian theology, and doctrine of God, and less to do … Continue reading

Posted in Affective Theology, Barth, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholicism, Ron Frost, Salvation, Scottish Theology, Semi-Pelagianism, Soteriology, Steven Ozment, The Gospel Coalition, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance | 4 Comments

Scottish evangelical calvinist Theology versus International classical calvinist Federal Theology

Typically, in the ‘Classic Calvinist’ framing of the atonement, the ‘ground’ of God’s love for humanity is predicated upon Christ’s legal payment of restitution at the cross. In other words, God is able to love ‘sinners in the hands of … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Evangelical Calvinism, Scottish Theology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance

God’s Number, His Threeness-in-Oneness: Hugh Binning, Gregory Nazianzen, Thomas Torrance and Bruce McCormack respond to Katherine Sonderegger

Here is Hugh Binning (1627-1653), young Scottish theologian, speaking of the primacy of God’s life as the ground of salvation; speaking of the primacy of God’s love as the foundation of salvation: . . . our salvation is not the … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce McCormack, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Gregory Nazianzen, Hugh Binning, Katherine Sonderegger, Reformed Theology, Salvation, Scottish Theology, Soteriology, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Trinity | 4 Comments

Just Say No to Dry-Freezing Scripture: Being Biblical without being Propositional

I was taught to do Bible study by reducing the various sections of Scripture to propositions; even the Hebrew poetic sections. So the primary goal of biblical interpretation according to the way I was taught in Bible College and even … Continue reading

Posted in Angus Paddison, Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology, Bibliology, Doctrine of Scripture, Hermeneutics, PT Forsyth, Scottish Theology, Soteriology, Spirituality | 1 Comment