Category Archives: Grace of God

“The Disqualification of Human Powers”: The Virgin Birth and Salvation By Faith Alone (T.F. Torrance on the Apostles’ Creed)

Here in Italy, the month of May is dedicated to the veneration of Mary the mother of Jesus. Outside the local Catholic parish, a large banner reads: “Maria, Mamma di Noi Tutti” (Mary, Mama of Us All). In Catholic theology, … Continue reading

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The Cross Alone: Martin Luther’s Sixth Sola of the Reformation (The Heidelberg Disputation, 1518)

Recently I have written about the theologia crucis — the theology of the cross — that constituted in many ways Martin Luther’s most important discovery, a discovery that gave rise to his entire vision for church reform. Although Luther is perhaps remembered … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Church history, Doctrine of God, Gospel, Grace of God, Knowledge of God, Martin Luther, Nature and grace, Philosophy, Protestant theology, Reformation, Revelation, Roman Catholicism, Scholasticism, Theologia crucis, Theological methodology, Thomas Aquinas | Leave a comment

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 20: Irresistible Grace (Conversion as Onto-Relationality)

In part 19 of my series on Reforming Calvinism, I argued that a better way to formulate the traditional Reformed doctrine of “irresistible grace” would be to ground it in Christ’s own vicarious reception of and victorious life in the … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Grace of God, Holy Spirit, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Union with Christ, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 2 Comments

The Virgin Birth as the Judgment of Grace: Karl Barth on the Miracle of Christmas

The following reflection on the virgin birth is excerpted from Karl Barth, Church dogmatics I/2, London; New York: T&T Clark. p.172. In the [virgin birth of Christ] there is contained a judgment upon man. When Mary as a virgin becomes the … Continue reading

Posted in Creeds, Devotional, Grace of God, Judgment of God, Karl Barth, Nature and grace, Seasonal, Soteriology | 2 Comments

The New Reformation: T.F. Torrance on Retrieving the Nicene and Protestant Pattern of Reform for Today

In a series of recent posts I examined the question “Is the Reformation over?” from a variety of angles and, in each case, I gave a resounding “No!” as the answer. When I say that the Reformation is not over, I … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Creeds, Five Solas, Grace of God, Holy Spirit, Homoousion, Incarnation, John Calvin, John Knox, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Protestant theology, Reformation, Reformed theology, Reforming Catholicism, Reformission, Roman Catholicism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance | 2 Comments

Gratitude Like Thunder: Karl Barth on Giving Thanks

[That] which we maintain when we describe the covenant as the covenant of grace is that the covenant engages man as the partner of God only, but actually and necessarily, to gratitude. On the side of God it is only a … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Grace of God, Karl Barth, Sin and evil

Horton vs. Barth on Law vs. Grace

In a critical essay of Karl Barth’s Christology, Michael Horton writes the following: It seems to me that the main reason that Barth resists talk of “before” and “after” in [redemptive history] is that this would open up a space … Continue reading

Posted in American evangelicalism, Apostle Paul, Biblical interpretation, Bobby Grow, Classic Calvinism, Cornelius Van Til, Covenantal theology, Doctrine of God, Evangelical theology, Federal theology, Gospel, Grace of God, Karl Barth, Law & Gospel, Michael Horton, Peter Leithart, Protestant theology, Reformed theology

All That Glimmers Isn’t Gold: Faith and Reason in Reformed Orthodoxy vs. Karl Barth

Inspired by R. Scott Clark’s recent post over at the Heidelblog in which he offered a quote from Cornelius Van Til on the importance of Aristotle for Reformed theology, I wrote a post of my own in which I corroborated his point with reference … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce McCormack, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Cornelius Van Til, Critiques of Karl Barth, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of sin, Evangelical Calvinism, Federal theology, Five Solas, Grace of God, John Calvin, Justification, Karl Barth, Martin Luther, Natural theology, Nature and grace, Philosophy, Protestant theology, R. Scott Clark, Reformation, Reformed theology, Revelation, Roman Catholicism, Ron Frost, Scholasticism, Theological methodology, Thomas Aquinas, Thomism | 1 Comment

Athanasius, T.F. Torrance, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ

After a recent post on the vicarious humanity of Christ, Fr Aidan Kimel, who blogs at Eclectic Orthodoxy, expressed doubt in a Facebook comment as to whether, apart from T.F. Torrance and Karl Barth, the doctrine has actually had any major … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Athanasius, Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, Gospel, Grace of God, Karl Barth, Khaled Anatolios, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Reformed theology, T.F. Torrance, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 6 Comments

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 18: Irresistible Grace (All of Christ, All of Us)

In the last entry in my series Reforming Calvinism, I applied the theological axiom “the gift of grace is identical with the divine Giver” to the Christological side of an Evangelical Calvinist revision of the fourth point of TULIP: ‘irresistible grace’. I argued … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Gospel, Grace of God, Holy Spirit, Justification, Myk Habets, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Union with Christ, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 1 Comment