Category Archives: Thomas F. Torrance

Ascension Day Theology by way of Thomas Torrance and John Knox

As Christians we often think about the theology of cross, and the hope of the resurrection (as we should!); but often what gets lost is a theology of the Ascension, and what that means for both now, and the future. Colossians 2, … Continue reading

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Language About God’s Life: How Language Ought to Be Transformed By God’s Self-Revelation in Theological Discourse

As Trinitarians Christians often, and rightly, refer to the inner reality of God’s singular life as his ousia or ‘being.’ The fear might be that Christians might be imposing Hellenistic (i.e. classical Greek philosophical) categories onto God thus morphing him … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Epistemology, Evangelical Calvinism, Prolegomena, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 1 Comment

The Holy Spirit in the Theology of Thomas F. Torrance: The Holy Spirit ‘Accommodates’ the Ineffable God through the Son, Jesus Christ

The Holy Spirit is often overshadowed by discussions surrounding Jesus, and even the Father, but in a way this is by design and the “order” of God’s life internal to himself. There are many important aspects of the Holy Spirit’s … Continue reading

Posted in Pneumatology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 1 Comment

The Pure and Utter Centrality of the Homoousion in the Theology of Thomas Torrance: God Become Man and What That Means for Us

The homoousion is the key piece of language the council of Chalcedon borrowed from the Greeks in order to put it in the service of grammarizing a way towards speaking of the reality of the eternal Son, Jesus Christ, as … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Vicarious, Vicarious Humanity | 4 Comments

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

The Elevation-Line in Theology: The Primacy of God in Incarnation and His Reality in ‘EC’ Theology

I have written on the primacy of Christ and ‘elevation-line’ theology before (a theology articulated in the medieval period by John Duns Scotus), here at the blog; but I thought I would revisit it (it has come up in my … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Salvation, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance | 2 Comments

Athanasius and T.F. Torrance Contra Mundum, Against the World of classical Calvinist Forensic Conception of the Atonement

Here’s a post I originally wrote in 2011. It illustrates how evangelical Calvinists, following T.F. Torrance and Athanasius are at odds with classical Calvinist or Federal theology. In this post I use Michael Horton as the representative of the Covenantal/Forensic … Continue reading

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TF Torrance on Human Sexuality: Gender Dysphoria and its Relationship to God

We are a fractured people, the current state of sexuality and gender ideology illustrates this fracturous state. As Christians we have insight on why this is so, that the ‘world’ or secular perspectives do not have access to (or at … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine Of Creation, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Sarah Coakley, T. F. Torrance, Theo-Anthropology, Thomas F. Torrance | 1 Comment

How Jesus Took the ‘Leap of Faith’ For Us: The Relationship of Historicity, Faith, and Christianity

Christianity it has been said is one of the most historically contingent, and grounded religions out there. Indeed. If as the Apostle Paul argued, ‘if Christ be not risen our faith is in vain.’ But historicity and facticity often get … Continue reading

Posted in Kierkegaard, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance