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- Karl Barth say the Trinity is One God in Three Modes of Being (not Persons) : March 14, 2017
Karl Barth proposed that the Trinitarian formula of “one God in three persons” be updated to “one God in three modes of being” (or “… ways of being”). Is Barth teaching Sabellian modalism? No! The reason for the change, is that Barth believed that the word “person” has substantially changed in meaning to include an “attribute […]
- The Structure of Theological Revolutions : December 12, 2016
Theology develops over time—it seems obvious to me, but I have friends who disagree. Every theological doctrine has a history, beginning with the first person to think it and describe it, and then it is refined over centuries by many others. Hans Küng keenly compares the development of theology to the development […]
- The Extinction of Humanity: Karl Barth’s Eschatology : November 30, 2016
We are not guaranteed that we will die. In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye (1 Cor 15:52), the life of every human being in the world will be supernaturally concluded by the final coming of Jesus Christ. According to Karl Barth, this will be the final event in the […]
- John Calvin’s Definition of Sacrament : February 16, 2015
John Calvin provides the following definition of sacrament in the Institutes of the Christian Religion (IV.xiv.1-2) using the vernacular of “sign and seal” that is a staple of conservative Reformed sacramentology, and appears in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the other Reformed confessions.
Calvin’s definition is ecumenical, as he desires the unity between the […]
- Karl Barth on how Double Predestination is the Horrible Decree of a Dystopian Gospel : January 27, 2015
Welcome sign to Hell, Michigan (source: wikipedia)
The doctrine of predestination has undergone substantial renovation and development over time. Augustine and Thomas considered election and reprobation as two separate dogmas, where the active election of men from the mass of perdition was a distinctive act that is separate from the act […]
- John Calvin On The Reformation’s Lack of Miracles : January 28, 2013
Schäufelein Hans, “Peter and John Heal the Sick”
In the Prefatory Address to the King of France, in the opening of Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin outlines the Romanist objects to the Reformation program, and then Calvin responses to each of them. One of the Roman Catholic criticisms is that […]
- The Allegorical Interpretation of Creation by the Early Church Fathers : January 11, 2013
I’ve compile several quotations by Early Church Fathers showing their unified allegorical interpretation of the Genesis 1-2 narrative. Irenaeus, Barnabus, Augustine, Origen, and Basil the Great are available online here: http://www.ccel.org/index/author.
There are other quotations by Early Church Fathers, but this displays how the allegorical method was used in the early […]
- Henry Chadwick : February 27, 2012
I’ve been searching for excellent Church History books and a common denominator to most of the lists I’ve found had Henry Chadwick’s “The Early Church: The story of emergent Christianity from the apostolic age to the dividing of the ways between the Greek East and the Latin West” on it. […]
- Augustine’s "On Free Choice of the Will" (Review) : November 17, 2011
"On Free Choice of the Will" (Google Preview) was one of Augustine's earlier writings, and long before the Pelagian Heresy reared its ugly head. I picked this 120 page treatise up after reading Luther's Bondage of the Will to go to his sources: ad font...
- Peter Brown’s Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (Review) : September 15, 2011
Peter Brown's "Augustine of Hippo: A Biography" was recommended to me by my brilliant friend Josh. Josh also recommended to me the Penguin Classics translation of Augustine's "City of God" translated by Henry Bettenson that was an amazing five star rea...