Category Archives: Systematic Theology

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

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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

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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

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What is Theology? With Reference to Charles Ryrie, Millard Erickson, and Special Reference to John Webster

Theology is used frequently, and very often, generically. I use it in a certain way, personally, with a certain understanding when I use it. But what has become apparent to me, particularly because of a recent post on FaceBook, is … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Charles Ryrie, John Webster, Systematic Theology

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

Allow God to Tell His Own Story. Albrecht Ritschl, Karl Barth, and Thomas Torrance: A Better Way to do Genuine Christian 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 Albrecht Ritschl, Barth, Christian Dogmatics, Evangelical Calvinism, Karl Barth, Revelational Theology, Systematic Theology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 2 Comments

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, Systematic Theology, Theology

The Dilemma Between Divine Simplicity and Analogy Introduced §1

Once, I tried to compare and contrast Thomas F. Torrance’s and Thomas Aquinas’ respective and disparate views on the usage of ‘analogy’ in theological engagement. I did this in our (Myk Habets’ and my) edited book Evangelical Calvinism: Essays Resourcing … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Analytic Theology, Analytical Theology, Barth, George Hunsinger, Hippolytus, Systematic Theology, Thomas Aquinas, Thomism | 1 Comment

I Don’t Believe in the Power[s] of God

What is it that has always turned me off about classical post-Reformed orthodoxy (and many other Westernly derived orthodoxies as well)? It has less, really, to do with labels (like Calvinism, Arminianism, Roman Catholicism, etc.) than it does with the … Continue reading

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On Being an Open but Grounded Christian Thinker

Theological theology, a phrase that theologian John Webster recently entitled an essay he wrote for the Journal of Analytic Theology. The phrase in and of itself is pregnant; it sounds pretty academic, and indeed the way Webster develops it is … Continue reading

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