Jesus Christ v. Eternal Principles

At the beginning of Unlocking Romans, I reflected on how Christians have, at times, defined God. Scrolling through Augustine, Anselm, and the Westminster Confession, I summarized thus: Not only do these Christian definitions, like their Greek philosophical counterparts, all focus on a g/God who is wholly other, they also define God in universal terms without […]

Knowledge and Power

“How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” “Why are you wasting your time speculating on a useless question?”–John Calvin O.k., so that was more paraphrase than direct quotation. But it’s close enough. For all that Calvinism is accused of undue speculation into the secret things of God, the best of Calvin’s […]

God is One

If there is a central faith confession in ancient Israel, it is that God is one. Well, at least, God alone is Israel’s God, which then gradually becomes, the only true and living God. But let’s not quibble over the historical development from henotheism to monotheism. Because, after all, as Barth reminds us in Church […]

Mercy and Righteousness

Not entirely unrelated to the weekend’s posts on how sacrificial death might benefit the people of God, Karl Barth wants us to hear that the mercy and righteousness of God are not two competing qualities. God is merciful in God’s righteousness. And God is righteous in God’s mercy (§30.2). How can we know that God […]

God is Love?

“God is love.” This is one of the most important things Christians say about God. And, it is one of the most abused. The problem with saying “God is love” is twofold. First, we assume that we know what love means already, so the phrase becomes a bit of a mirror rather than an insight […]