Leaving behind Reformed Orthodoxy, a trajectory much of Western theological thought is still on, resulted from a fundamental shift in philosophical patterns of thought. New Rationalism, espoused by men like Leibniz and others, would eventually lead theologians away from confessional commitment to a more loose retainment of Reformed principles. Philosophy would be moved from an … Continue reading The Decline of Confessional Orthodoxy & Rationalism
The Roman Catholic notion of the donum superadditum (superadded gift) teaches that, at creation, God created man––body and soul. But because creation requires the gracious sustainment of the Creator, it would, in theory, slip off into non-being (non-existence) without His adding sustaining grace. Therefore, man in his essential parts––both body and soul––are in conflict with one … Continue reading Superadded Gift or Concreated Gift?
In his recent article, Dr. John Frame has once more put his fingers to the keyboard in another effort to critique Classical Christian Theism and has made sure, this time, to take on Thomas Aquinas directly. The problem? He demonstrates a great deal of misunderstanding, and I do not say that lightly. After a painful … Continue reading John Frame Strikes Again
Abstract: It has become common to apply some external and non-consequential change to God in order to make Him seem more relatable to His creation. These changes have been referred to as the addition of covenantal or accidental properties which accrue to God in a way so as to not affect His essence. In this … Continue reading The Aquinas Papers: In God There Is No Passive Potency
Abstract: Thomas Aquinas purposed to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of God’s attributes insofar as when we predicate something of God, viz., eternality, then we say more than, “God is eternal.” Rather, for Aquinas, if God is eternal, He must also be necessary, pure act, and divinely simple––other things follow as well. Yet, for Aquinas, our language … Continue reading The Aquinas Papers: God Is Eternal
Please don’t forget to check out the video or podcast episodes based on this article. Also, make sure you read the prior article on divine incomprehensibility before moving forward! We have covered divine incomprehensibility and now we’re off to divine simplicity! Sometimes the words we use in theology are not identical to how we use … Continue reading Thinking About God: God Is Not Composed | The Baptist Reformation