Category Archives: Thomas Aquinas

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

Opining on Thomas’s Analogia Entis and At Least One Reason Why I Reject It

I am currently reading Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica, at least part of it; and I’ve come across a passage where Thomas is asking the question: ‘is there a natural knowledge of God?’ This question is related to what is called … Continue reading

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Nature, Grace and Knowledge of God: Does Michael Allen Really Understand the Thomist’s and Thomas Aquinas’s Position on Created Grace?

Let’s keep on theme. This has been an important thing for me for quite a few years now, and I’m realizing once again that it remains such. It has to do with the theme we’ve been touching on in the … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogy of Being, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Michael Allen, Theo-Anthropology, Theory of Revelation, Thomas Aquinas

A Sketch of Thomas Aquinas’s and Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Creation, Salvation, and Human Freedom: How They Contrast and Its Impact on Just About Everything

I think something that is not talked about much, in regard to Barth’s theology, is how counter it is to mediaeval conceptions of salvation and grace relative to a grace/nature binary. In other words in the major strand of Western … Continue reading

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Christian Aristotelianism: Understanding the Reformed and evangelical Intellectual and Theological History

I originally wrote this post on September 5th, 2010, I thought I’d share it again. It’s relevance hasn’t gone away in these last seven years, and remains unchanged for many folks either just cutting their teeth on Reformed theology, and/or … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Reformed Theology, Richard Muller, Theology Of Glory, Thomas Aquinas, Thomism | 1 Comment

A Better More ‘evangelical’ and Reformed Way When it Comes to God: Repudiating Aristotelian Metaphysics and its Theology

I wanted to highlight something very important from Torrance’s book Divine and Contingent Order; something so important that I don’t think it is an overstatement to say that what I am going to share from him is as fundamental to understanding … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Reformed Theology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance | 6 Comments

No God Behind the Back of Jesus: God is Love not an UnMoved Mover

I don’t know about you, but as a North American evangelical, growing up, I was taught and given the impression, theologically, that God is somewhat performance driven; i.e. that he is concerned with me keeping his law in order for … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Doctrine of God, Evangelical Calvinism, Philosophical Theology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism, Trinity | 9 Comments

Harnack’s Hellenization Thesis, Heretics, and Evangelizing Metaphysics: Robert Jenson, Thomas Torrance, and Thomas Aquinas

In this post I will write off the top, for the most part, at least when referring to Thomas Torrance, and will offer some suggestions about how I think Torrance operated in his constructive methodology of retrieving patristic theology, and … Continue reading

Posted in Peter Leithart, Robert Jenson, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance | 3 Comments

The ‘Young Marburg’ Barth against Charles Ryrie, Thomas Aquinas, and the Cosmological Argument for God’s Existence

The first time I attended Bible College was just after I graduated high school in 1992; I attended a small Conservative Baptist Bible College in Phoenix, Arizona, at that time called Southwestern College (it is now called Arizona Christian University). … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogy of Being, Analytic Theology, Analytical Theology, Barth, Book Reviews, Charles Ryrie, Karl Barth, Kenneth Oakes, Metaphysics, Theology Of Glory, Thomas Aquinas, Thomism | 2 Comments

Martin Luther’s ‘Real Reason for the Protestant Reformation’, and What Critics of evangelical Calvinism Don’t Get about evangelical Calvinism’s Impetus or Their Own Mode of Theologizing

Martin Luther famously critiqued and rejected Aristotle, and the impact that Aristotelian philosophy had had upon Christian theology in the late medieval period; particularly as mediated through the synthesis of Thomas Aquinas’s theology with Aristotelian philosophy. This was such a … Continue reading

Posted in Alister McGrath, Aristotle, Barth, Evangelical Calvinism, Karl Barth, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Richard Muller, Ron Frost, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism