Category Archives: T. F. Torrance

Convergence in Muller, Barth, and Torrance on Immutability and Incarnation

When you read Richard Muller back in 1983 on immutability and incarnation he sounds like Thomas Torrance and Karl Barth in significant ways. Obviously there are important differences as far as the modes of theological appropriation—in regard to the periods … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Richard Muller, T. F. Torrance

The Prius of God’s Life IS God’s Life of Triune Personal Love: An Alternative Account of Predestination Referred to God’s Life

Predestination that shibboleth of Reformed theology; it has been shibboleth to me as well. Predestination is the idea that God arbitrarily elects particular people to eternal life, and chooses that others either remain (passive) reprobate or are (active) reprobate with … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Doctrine Of God, Paul Molnar, Reformed Theology, Salvation, T. F. Torrance

The Athanasian God of Love: He Hasn’t Always Been the Creator; But He Has Always Been Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

I think an important reality to grasp when thinking about God’s relationship to us is that there is nothing in that relationship that is contingent upon us; it is all contingent upon who God is in himself as Father, Son, … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Barth, Doctrine Of God, Paul Molnar, T. F. Torrance

Theology of Ascension

*Something I wrote years ago, but something that I am thankful for everyday. If Jesus had not ascended He would not be seated at the right hand of the Father always living to make intercession for those of us who … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelical Calvinism, John Knox, T. F. Torrance

A Response to Kevin DeYoung’s Response to Tom McCall’s Christianity Today Article on the Atonement: A ‘Depth Dimensional’ Consideration

Christianity Today shared an article written by professor Tom McCall (a friend of mine) just as we were upon Good Friday; it had to do with the atonement and the cry of dereliction ‘My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Evangelical Calvinism, Kevin DeYoung, Salvation, T. F. Torrance, Tom McCall | 5 Comments

Anonymous Christians and Knowing God

Karl Rahner’s idea of ‘anonymous Christians’ is quite the concept, but it is one that flows organically from his conception of knowledge of God as that is related to moments of existential transcendental experiences that human beings have qua human … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Karl Rahner, Paul Molnar, T. F. Torrance, Theory of Revelation, Thomas Aquinas

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

God’s Wrath, Eternal Hell, and Contra Evangelical Annihilationism

In lieu of writing that full fledged paper I’ve been saying I might write here is TF Torrance’s theo-logic contra Annihilationism. As we read Torrance what also is touched upon are God’s wrath, hell, theological anthropology, sin, and a few … Continue reading

Posted in Hell, Salvation, T. F. Torrance

Analogical Knowledge of God in the Theology of Thomas Torrance

Analogy for the Christian’s knowledge of God is an important feature. We have referred to Thomas Aquinas’s analogia entis (analogy of being) frequently here at the blog; on the other hand we have referred to Karl Barth’s analogia fidei/relationis as … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, T. F. Torrance | 2 Comments

Thomas Torrance’s Doctrine of Salvation

Thomas F. Torrance’s doctrine of salvation is grounded in a Trinitarian frame, and subsequent doctrine of election wherein the vicarious humanity of Jesus Christ is understood to be the locus where what it means to be human before God is … Continue reading

Posted in Salvation, T. F. Torrance | 1 Comment