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“Permanently Shocked by the Sheer Godness” (Foreword to None Greater)

Today’s the release date for Matthew Barrett’s book, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker). Here’s the Amazon link, but do yourself a favor and look at the book’s home page on Baker Publishing’s site. I’m not necessarily saying there’s a 40-page excerpt pdf available

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Benjamin Tucker Tanner

In theological anthropology, some of the best witnesses to the nature of true humanity are those traditions which were forced to refute, in doctrine and in practice, the motivated denial of their own humanity. When African-American Christians, for example, found their footing and secured the

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Blessed Trinity (Kistemaker Lectures)

I’ve been thinking about the doctrine of divine blessedness for several years, and in late February I got to gather my reflections on the subject for the 2019 Kistemaker Academic Lectures at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Here’s the slightly modified summary text about the

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Theologica Issue on the Son of God

My good friend Matthew Owen is a philosopher with a lively interest in theology. Some time ago he invited me to co-edit with him a theme issue of the journal Theologica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. Matt and I have talked a

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Praising the Triune God with Bavinck

I messed up footnote number eight on page 27 of my 2016 book The Triune God. It’s a little more interesting than it sounds. In that section, I’m describing how the structure of trinitarian theology is like the structure of praise: In the form of

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Interior Life

The main point of Jean-Baptiste Chautard’s Soul of the Apostolate is that if you want to live an active life of Christian service, you need to attend seriously to your spiritual formation and relationship with God. (He says it in more 19th-century Trappist style, which

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“Gospel of the Happy God” (Knibb)

In First Timothy 1:11, Paul speaks of “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God.” There was a nineteenth-century pastor named William Knibb who paraphrased this passage as “the gospel of the happy God,” and, as Charles Spurgeon said in his own sermon on the

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Such a Thing as Conciliar Christology

In a couple of recent posts about Tim Pawl’s In Defense of Conciliar Christology, I began with some reflections on why it might be meaningful to speak of a single Christology of the early church. I thought I should also declare some of my own

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Coining the Term Christology

In an article in the Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie, T. Mahlmann claims that the first use of the word christology occurs in Friedrich Balduin’s commentary on Paul’s letters. When I ran across this reference in a footnote about something else, I realized (a) I found this

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Defending the Idea of a Two-Natured Thing

The heart of Tim Pawl’s In Defense of Conciliar Christology is his attempt to solve what has been called the fundamental challenge. He states the objection several ways, but the book’s most elaborate statement of it is as follows: Anything with two natures, one divine,

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Conciliar Christology: The Very Idea!

There are several reasons why it might be both valuable and meaningful to speak of an identifiable, single Christology of the ecumenical councils of the ancient church. First let us consider why it might be valuable, and then why meaningful. It might be valuable to

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