Category Archives: Systematic Theology

God is God, the Basis of Theology: Taking Away Lament and Polemic as Places to Do Theology From {According to John Webster}

I want to offer a quick quote from the late John Webster on how two loci, according to Webster, ought to function (or not) in the practice of systematic theology; I think this has application for living the Christian life … Continue reading

Posted in John Webster, Systematic Theology

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Theology: Deus Dixit, God-Has-Spoken Theology Versus Aaron’s Golden-Calf Theology

In Karl Barth’s Göttingen Dogmatics he has a whole section titled Deus Dixit (lat. God has spoken). As a section prologue he writes: Christian preachers dare to speak about God. The permission and requirement to do so can rest only … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Ecclesial, Ecclesiology, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance | 1 Comment

Why Can’t I Just Read the Bible to Know Who God Is? Identifying the Modern Impact on Evangelicals and a Tentative Way Forward

Following up on the last post, let’s continue to think about how things have been conceived of in the history of the church’s thinking, and how things have potentially changed. When I write ‘potentially’ I use this passive to signal … Continue reading

Posted in David Congdon, Doctrine of Scripture, Systematic Theology

Chasing the God feeling: How Correct Praise is Orthodoxy, and How Orthodoxy is right Worship

We all want to experience God, at least I do! But since we live in a fallen world experiencing God the right way requires sweat; it requires work. Most people, most Christians I’d venture to say, don’t want to put … Continue reading

Posted in Cornelius van der Kooi, Gijsbert van den Brink, Systematic Theology | 3 Comments

Not the Binity But the Trinity: The Holy Spirit’s Place in the Life of God

The Holy Spirit, unless you’re a Pentecostal or Charismatic, is often left in the background somewhere in theological discussion. Never mind that John Calvin has been called the ‘theologian of the Spirit’ or the fact that Colin Gunton made great … Continue reading

Posted in Cornelius van der Kooi, Doctrine Of God, Gijsbert van den Brink, Patristic Theology, Systematic Theology, Trinity | 1 Comment

The Relationship Between Secularization and Christian Theology. Kooi and Brink

The world has been thoroughly secularized at this point; I think it is safe to say that we most certainly live in a post-Christian society, globally. During pre-modern times the way Christian theology developed, because of the overt belief in … Continue reading

Posted in Cornelius van der Kooi, Gijsbert van den Brink, Systematic Theology | 1 Comment

No Metaphysic, Just God. Albrecht Ritschl, Karl Barth, and Thomas Torrance on Doing Storied Theology

Karl Barth is famous for wanting to think theological thoughts strictly and only after Deus dixit (‘God has spoken’); he is famous for his desire to do Revelational Theology. Thomas F. Torrance, in his own way, but in the wake … Continue reading

Posted in Systematic Theology, Modern Theology | 3 Comments

The Relationship Between Philosophy and Christian Theology: A Theology of the Word

What is it that I have against Philosophy; I mean what did it ever do to me? Nothing really. Except when it is used in place of or even as Christian Theology, proper, it’s at that point that it starts … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Evangelical Calvinism, Reformed Theology, Systematic Theology | 7 Comments

What is a Metaphysic? And Do I as a “Barthian” or “Torrancean” Have One?

I just attended the regional meeting of the Pacific Northwest’s Evangelical Theological Society. I was able to meet up with a friend of mine there, Tim, a great brother in Christ who is currently working on his PhD in Systematic … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance | 1 Comment

The “Trinitarian Revival,” and Does Jesus Come After or Before the Oneness of God?

Katherine Sonderegger identifies Karl Rahner and Karl Barth, respectively, as the seminal heads who initiated what has been called the Trinitarian Revival. She writes: The “Trinitarian Revival” has been traced to twin geniuses: Karl Rahner and Karl Barth. Rahner’s remarkable … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Karl Barth, Katherine Sonderegger, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Trinity | 1 Comment