Category Archives: Soteriology

God’s Governmental Providence as Cruciform in Shape: Human Suffering and Death, with Reference to Nabeel Qureshi

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2. for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” Psalm 27:1-2 The Psalmist captures a reality that many … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Dogmatics, Christology, Cornelius van der Kooi, Gijsbert van den Brink, Soteriology, Staurology, Theology Of The Cross | 1 Comment

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

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

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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 Eternally Fruitful Father’: How Creation and Salvation only Make Sense if God is Father of the Son in Athanasius’s Theology by Weinandy

Thomas Torrance picks up on the Athanasian idea that God has always already been Father, Son, and Holy Spirit but that becoming Creator was something new for God. As we dig further into Athanasius’s theology itself, as told by Thomas … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Patristic Theology, Soteriology, Thomas Weinandy

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

Some Thoughts on Salvation and Grace from T.F. Torrance

Those who are justified by grace, by faith in Christ, are the only ones who really know that they are lost sinners, apart from Christ, but those who have not received Christ’s forgiveness and the verdict it entails upon their … Continue reading

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Providing Some Theological Correction for John Calvin’s Doctrine of Assurance: From Evangelical Calvinism, Volume 2

I think I am going to start doing some posts that refer to our just released book Evangelical Calvinism: Volume 2: Dogmatics&Devotion; in other words, I will share particular quotes from particular chapters, and do what I do as a … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, John Calvin, Salvation, Soteriology, Stephen Holmes | 1 Comment

Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Theosis in Convergence with the Eastern Orthodox: Part Two

Picking up where we left off yesterday, in this post we will jump right into how Adam Neder places Barth in a positive relation to the doctrine of theosis; particularly within the Orthodox iteration of that. Just as a reminder … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Neder, Barth, Eastern Orthodox, Patristic Theology, Salvation, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance | 6 Comments