Election and the God-Man

Blogsphere confessional: I’m over the predestination debate. Been there. Done that. Committed myself. Realized that the debates makes people jerks/reveals that we are jerks. Pulled out. Don’t care anymore. In particular, I find discussions of predestination to be theologically thin because they spend so much time in the ether that the story as it actually […]

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 […]

Election and Grace

The history of the doctrine of predestination has at times viewed humanity as the recipients of a stark dual decree of God: some are predestined to life, others to destruction. As Karl Barth lays out his project for a revisionist assessment of the notion of election, he demands that the focus of election be the […]

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 […]