Category Archives: Thomism

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

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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

We Don’t Need Nature, We Only Need Jesus to Know God

I know natural theology, or the idea that God can be known through simple discovery and reflection on nature is quite popular among contemporary Christians as well as in the tradition. But as I read the Bible this seemingly intuitive … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Classical Theism, Evangelical Calvinism, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism

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

The Quingentesimus of the Protestant Reformation and the Analogia Lutherano in Christ Concentrated Biblical Exegesis

As I announced on FaceBook a week or so ago, given that we are in the year that leads to the Quingentesimus, or 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (i.e. October 31st, 1517), I have decided, in celebration, to devote … Continue reading

Posted in Alister McGrath, Barth, Hermeneutics, Historical Theology, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, T. F. Torrance, Theological Exegesis, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism | 1 Comment

Ontology of Grace and Substance Metaphysics

Some have said that talk of ‘substance’ metaphysics is erroneous, I’ll do a post on who in the days to come. Until then I think the following is instructive towards understanding, theologically, what substance metaphysics is referring to when the … Continue reading

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Miscellanies on the Thomist Intellectualist Tradition and its Impact on Reformed Theology

Something that I don’t think most Reformed theologians, whether yet budding, or senior are all that concerned with or cognizant of is the role that their respective anthropology plays in their theological prolegomena. I would say that most if not … Continue reading

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Is the Reformed Faith a Thomistic Faith or a Biblical Faith?

The Reformed faith is a Biblical faith, an exegetical faith; as such it remains an open endeavor per the confessional norms provided for by Scripture. Richard Muller writes, “… the theologians of the Reformation neither produced a monolithic system nor … Continue reading

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Harnack’s Hellenization Thesis, Heretics, and Evangelizing Metaphysics: 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 Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Orthodoxy, Greek Orthodox, Patristic, Patristic Theology, Peter Leithart, Robert Jenson, T. F. Torrance, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas F. Torrance, Thomism | 2 Comments