Category Archives: Theological science

Every Thought Captive: Why All Theology Must Conform to Christ (with reference to T.F. Torrance)

As expressed in John 1 and Hebrews 1, Jesus Christ is the ultimate and definitive revelation of God because he himself is the Word to which the prophets and apostles, like John the Baptist, were merely witnesses. Thus, when it … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical interpretation, Christology, Doctrine of God, Incarnation, Knowledge of God, Reformed theology, Revelation, T.F. Torrance, Theological methodology, Theological science, Vicarious humanity of Christ, Word of God | 2 Comments

Toward a Kataphysic Missiology: T.F. Torrance on Developing a “Scientific” Approach to the Task of Mission (Reformission Monday)

Reformission Monday is the time when I pause from writing in reformission to reflect on reformission itself. Reformission aims at fulfilling the church’s commission through reformation and renewal, bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to bear on every sphere of human thought, … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Gospel, Incarnation, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Preaching, Reformission, Revelation, T.F. Torrance, Theological methodology, Theological science, Word of God | 1 Comment

The Christological Limits of Our Knowledge of God: Karl Barth on the Primacy of Christ in Theology

Many people are critical of Karl Barth’s insistence on not simply a Christocentric approach to biblical interpretation and theology (something that, as Richard Muller has shown, is pervasive in the Reformed tradition) but a Christo-constricted approach. That is, instead of … Continue reading

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On Lingering Questions and the Nature of Theology

Yesterday I posted a response to one aspect of Kevin Vanhoozer’s critique of Evangelical Calvinism. This was inspired, in large part, by Bobby Grow’s own blog post to which Kevin Vanhoozer commented: I suppose my lingering question is this: if … Continue reading

Posted in Bobby Grow, Devotional, Evangelical Calvinism, Kevin Vanhoozer, Sin and evil, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Theological methodology, Theological science, Trinity, Vicarious humanity of Christ, Worship

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

Christ the Center (If Only That Were True)

Anyone with a basic knowledge of T.F. Torrance will find the themes in the following excerpt from the preface to his book Theology in Reconstruction to be familiar territory. In my opinion however, Torrance waxes particularly eloquent here as he distills the importance of … Continue reading

Posted in American evangelicalism, Bruce McCormack, Christology, Cornelius Van Til, Critiques of Karl Barth, Doctrine of God, Evangelical theology, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Holy Spirit, James Cassidy, Karl Barth, Natural theology, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Revelation, T.F. Torrance, Theological methodology, Theological science

True Theology: Open, Repentant, Humble, Doxological

As I have continued to mull over Muller’s critique of Karl Barth that R. Scott Clark posted on the Heidelblog, I keep returning to the charge that Barth’s works, unlike those of the Protestant scholastics, present “ideas that refuse to … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Evangelical theology, Karl Barth, Patristic theology, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Richard Muller, T.F. Torrance, Theological methodology, Theological science, Trinity, Worship | 2 Comments

How Karl Barth Might Respond to Richard Muller

Richard Muller critiques Karl Barth (full article here): As I peruse the Church Dogmatics, I have the consistent experience of excessive verbiage and of ideas that refuse to achieve closure. It is inter­esting and sometimes even instructive to watch a bril­liant … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical interpretation, Critiques of Karl Barth, Dialectical theology, Karl Barth, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Richard Muller, Theological methodology, Theological science | 2 Comments

Excessive Verbiage, Dogmatic Exegesis, and Obedience to Holy Scripture

Yesterday after posting my response to Richard Muller’s article “What I Haven’t Learned from Karl Barth” that appeared this week on the Heidelblog, I was delighted to find two wonderful companion pieces that substantially corroborate that which I intended to say. The … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical interpretation, Critiques of Karl Barth, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical theology, Karl Barth, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Revelation, Richard Muller, Scholasticism, Scripture, Theological methodology, Theological science | 2 Comments

How to Avoid Reading the Bible Like a Scholastic

I recently had a conversation with someone about my ongoing series Reforming Calvinism in which I am attempting to correct some of what I consider to be fundamental problems with the five points of Calvinism while still retaining their deepest insights. While … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical interpretation, Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, John Calvin, Predestination, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Richard Muller, Scholasticism, Scripture, T.F. Torrance, Theological methodology, Theological science | 6 Comments