“God wouldn’t…” This unfortunate phrase appears fairly often in theological debate. Along with this one come on occasion “God couldn’t” or, more rarely, “God shouldn’t.” Yet to me reasoning which starts in this way seems somewhat misguided at best and dangerous at worst. To explain why, I shall first provide some examples of what I dislike. A theistic evolutionist might say, … Continue reading "What God Has Done, Not What He “Would” Do"
I just realized that I haven’t actually written about the Rapture on this blog at all since I began it. Yet the Rapture is a fun and popular debate, and it’s one of the few issues on which Christians can disagree without very many people getting angry or declaring you a heretic (though some still do). So … Continue reading "My Stance on the Rapture"
This is post 2 of 2 in the series “Could Protestants and Catholics Ever Reunite?” Continuing from my last post, here are my responses to the other 4 reasons why Catholics and Protestants supposedly cannot at all reunite. I think type A unity, explained in the last post, is a minimum requirement to fulfill the commands of … Continue reading "Could Protestants and Catholics Ever Reunite? (Continued)"
Election begins and ends with Jesus Christ. As Barth has said, Jesus is both the electing God (Col. 2:9) and elected Man (Luke 9:35). He is the origin of creation (John 1:1-3) and its goal (Eph. 1:9-10). Anything else we say about election must trace back to this source, to the election of Jesus Christ as the one … Continue reading "6 Theses on Election"
If you’ve followed some of my posts about Evangelical Calvinism, you might have to wonder what exactly makes it deserve the label “Calvinism.” After all, we reject the defining U, L, and I of TULIP. Without the meaty bulk of the Calvinist system, what substance is left for the title “Calvinist?” Without getting into too much detail either theologically or … Continue reading "What’s So Calvinist about Evangelical Calvinism?"
This is post 1 of 1 in the series “Is God All This and All That?” God cannot be good, or He cannot be real. This is basically the thrust of the argument which uses the problem of evil against God, at least as He is traditionally understood. The Greek philosopher Epicurus put it this way: … Continue reading "Is God All This and All That? (Part 1: Omniscience)"
This is post 3 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” [For the second of these two essays, I will be arguing a defense of eternal security, after having written in opposition, again from a union with Christ perspective. You readers can judge between … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? For Eternal Security, from a Union with Christ Perspective"
Karl Barth (pronounced “Bart”) was, without question, one of the most interesting theologians of the 20th century. Certainly he wrote more than many of the rest combined. Originally trained in German liberal theology and higher criticism, he eventually reacted and made a sharp break back towards orthodox Christianity, reasserting the transcendent reality of God over and against the liberals who … Continue reading "A Taste of Karl Barth as His Best"
This is post 2 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” [For the first of my two “union with Christ”-focused eternal security essays, I will argue that salvation can be lost. In the next post I will argue that it cannot, and leave you … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? Against Eternal Security, from a Union with Christ Perspective"
This is post 1 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” The question of whether or not people can “lose” their salvation, to the extent that this language even makes sense, has been traditionally controversial. In the time in between the completion of the … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Essays on “Losing” Salvation"