Category Archives: Image of God

The Final Word: H.R. Mackintosh on Jesus Christ as Revelation Made Flesh

Why is it that, as claimed by John Calvin, T.F. Torrance, Karl Barth, and many others, Jesus Christ is the definitive revelation of God, the Word revealed to which the Word written attests in its whole and in all of … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, H.R. Mackintosh, Image of God, Incarnation, Knowledge of God, Revelation, Word of God

Renewing the Image: Why Jesus Christ is the Only True Apologetic (Reformission Monday)

Continuing on in my series exploring missional theology with T.F. Torrance, I would like, in this post, to consider one of the practical implications of what I have discussed thus far in terms of a Christological missiology. A Christological missiology is … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Gospel, Image of God, John Calvin, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Natural theology, Preaching, Reformission, Revelation, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Word of God | 1 Comment

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 16: Irresistible Grace (The Gift and the Giver)

In this entry in my series Reforming Calvinism, I move from my critique of the traditional Calvinist understanding of ‘irresistible grace’ to an Evangelical Calvinist revision. In doing so, my desire continues to be, as it has been all along, not … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Apostle Paul, Assurance, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Creeds, Eschatology, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical theology, Five points of Calvinism, Grace of God, Holy Spirit, Image of God, John Calvin, Karl Barth, Patristic theology, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Union with Christ | 7 Comments

Are There Two Wills In God?

After my post yesterday When Orthodoxy Becomes Innovation, I received the following question in a comment: Jonathan, could you elaborate a little more what you mean by this: “[T]he notion of two wills in God . . . introduces a … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Biblical interpretation, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Creeds, Doctrine of God, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Gospel, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Homoousion, Image of God, John Piper, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Predestination, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Trinity, Union with Christ | 4 Comments

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 13: Limited Atonement (Limited to One, Unlimited for All)

In the previous entry in my series on Reforming Calvinism, I argued that the traditional understanding of ‘limited atonement’ did not go far enough in limiting Christ’s atoning work in order to maximize its efficacy. I proposed that a better and … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Assurance, Athanasius, Atonement, Biblical interpretation, Bobby Grow, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Creeds, Doctrine of God, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Gospel, Homoousion, Image of God, Irenaeus, Love of God, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Vicarious humanity of Christ

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 11: Limited Atonement (Critique & Reconstruction)

In this eleventh entry in my series on Reforming Calvinism, I intend to offer one last point of critique of the traditional view of ‘limited atonement’ which will then serve as the segue into my own sketch of an Evangelical Calvinist revision. … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Atonement, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Image of God, R.C. Sproul, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Vicarious humanity of Christ

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 9.2: Unconditional Election

In the first half of this entry on ‘unconditional election’ and Romans 8:28-30, I argued that the theo-logic underpinning Paul’s affirmations consists in the fact that Jesus Christ is the true imago Dei, the archetypal human in whose image all human … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Biblical interpretation, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Election, Eschatology, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Image of God, Karl Barth, Love of God, N.T. Wright, Predestination, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology | 3 Comments

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 9.1: Unconditional Election

This is the ninth entry in my series on reforming the five points of Calvinism (TULIP) in a more evangelical way (hence Evangelical Calvinism). If you have not already done so, I would recommend that before proceeding you catch up … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Biblical interpretation, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Homoousion, Image of God, Karl Barth, N.T. Wright, Predestination, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology | 1 Comment

Irenaeus on the Preeminence of Christ

One of the goals that I hope to accomplish here at Reformissio is to promote Evangelical Calvinism in a way that reveals it to be not new or innovative (as some might suppose) but rather deeply rooted in the faith of the … Continue reading

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Reforming Calvinism, pt. 3: Theo-Groundwork

This is the third post in the series Reforming Calvinism. If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to read the previous two posts (which you can access here: Reforming Calvinism) before proceeding. In this post I … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Image of God, Myk Habets, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance | 1 Comment