Category Archives: Predestination

The Exegetical Barth

For many people, especially for those who have never actually read him for themselves, the Swiss theologian Karl Barth can seem to be something of a pariah due to many places in his dogmatics where he appears to depart from traditional Protestant, … Continue reading

Posted in American evangelicalism, Biblical interpretation, Critiques of Karl Barth, Election, Evangelical theology, Karl Barth, Predestination, Reformed theology, Revelation, Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Theological methodology, Word of God

Christ As Savior Before Creator: H.R. Mackintosh on the Significance of the Post-Resurrection Perspective of the Apostolic Witness

As I work my way through Scottish theologian H.R. Mackintosh’s magisterial work on The Doctrine of the Person of Jesus Christ, I continue to be illuminated and blessed by the riches that he was able to mine from the depths of the biblical … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Biblical interpretation, Christology, Doctrine of God, Election, H.R. Mackintosh, Incarnation, Predestination, Reformed theology, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Trinity | 5 Comments

John Calvin on the “In-Christness” of Predestination

Sermon excerpt from John Calvin, Sermons on the Epistle to the Ephesians. (London; Carlisle: Banner of Truth Trust, 1973), pp.32-33: How then do we come to God? How do we obey him? How do we have a quiet mind that yields itself … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Church history, Election, Five points of Calvinism, John Calvin, Predestination, Reformation, Reformed theology, Soteriology, Sovereignty of God

Reforming Calvinism: Why the Doctrine of Limited Atonement Implies a Heretical Christology

T.F. Torrance is known to have criticized the traditional Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement (i.e. that Christ died in an efficacious way only for the elect) on the basis of its implicit Nestorianism, the early Christological heresy, condemned by the … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Christology, Church history, Classic Calvinism, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Incarnation, Karl Barth, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Predestination, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 10 Comments

No Rational Sin: T.F. Torrance on the Error of Universalism

Anyone who has read T.F. Torrance to any extent knows that he was an ardent exponent of universal atonement and of Christ-conditioned election which vicariously includes all humanity. The common objection to these doctrines is that they inevitably lead to … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Biblical interpretation, Doctrine of sin, Election, Predestination, Reformed theology, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Universalism | 1 Comment

T.F. Torrance’s Doctrine of Election in 250 Words

In an article dating back to 1949, T.F. Torrance succinctly described the doctrine of election in the following way: Election means nothing more and nothing less than the complete action of God’s eternal love, that “God so loved the world … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical interpretation, Christology, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Gospel, Love of God, Predestination, Reformed theology, Revelation, Scripture, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Universalism | 2 Comments

Barth’s Doctrine of Election in 100 Words

Since I started blogging a few months ago, I have interacted with various people who have expressed appreciation for my articles but have noted that at times their content can be somewhat technical or complex and thus difficult to fully understand. Although … Continue reading

Posted in Bobby Grow, Christology, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Gospel, Karl Barth, Predestination, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 9 Comments

“To Be or Not To Be (Natures or Persons)?”: Vanhoozer’s Question to Evangelical Calvinism, pt. 2

In my recent post “‘To Be or Not To Be (In Christ)’?: That is Kevin Vanhoozer’s Question to Evangelical Calvinism“, I offered an initial response to Vanhoozer’s critique of Evangelical Calvinism in his essay entitled “The Origin of Paul’s Soteriology: Election, Incarnation, … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Biblical interpretation, Bobby Grow, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Creeds, Doctrine of God, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Holy Spirit, Homoousion, John Calvin, Karl Barth, Kevin Vanhoozer, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Predestination, Reformed theology, Scripture, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Trinity, Union with Christ, Universalism, Vicarious humanity of Christ

“To Be or Not To Be (In Christ)?”: That is Kevin Vanhoozer’s Question to Evangelical Calvinism

Unlike many detractors of Evangelical Calvinism, one of the most thoughtful and respectful critics is Kevin Vanhoozer. Responding to a recent blog post written by Bobby Grow, Vanhoozer stated that Evangelical Calvinism is “a serious attempt to reform the Reformed … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Athanasius, Biblical interpretation, Bobby Grow, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Dialectical theology, Doctrine of God, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Gregory of Nyssa, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Holy Spirit, Homoousion, John Calvin, Karl Barth, Kevin Vanhoozer, Myk Habets, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Predestination, Reformed theology, Revelation, Scripture, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Theological methodology, Trinity, Union with Christ, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 6 Comments

What is Dialectical Theology in Evangelical Calvinism and Why is it Important?

One of the distinguishing marks of Evangelical Calvinism as articulated by Myk Habets and Bobby Grow in Vol. 1 of the same title is that its theological approach can be described as ‘dialectical’ and ‘dialogical’ rather than primarily ‘philosophical’ or … Continue reading

Posted in American evangelicalism, Biblical interpretation, Bobby Grow, Bruce McCormack, Calvinism vs. Arminianism, Classic Calvinism, Dialectical theology, Election, Eschatology, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical theology, Five points of Calvinism, Gregg Allison, Karl Barth, Myk Habets, Philosophy, Predestination, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Revelation, T.F. Torrance, Theological methodology, Theological science | 5 Comments