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Understanding Athanasius’ Doctrine of God: Divine Simplicity and Eternal Generation

Athanasius of Alexandria’s doctrine of the deity of Christ rest upon two basic concepts. These are that the divine nature is simple and incapable of division and that the Son is generated or begotten from the essence of the Father, that divine essence which is simple. When you combine these two concepts, you get a […]

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A Review of James Dolezal’s All That Is In God

James Dolezal – All That is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2017), 162 + xiv pages. James Dolezal has written an important book, a passionate and pastoral defense of a doctrine (divine simplicity and its implicates) which has fallen on hard times. In Professor […]

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Luis de Molina: A Catholic Theologian? A Review of Kirk MacGregor’s Luis de Molina

Kirk MacGregor, Luis de Molina, Zondervan, 2015, 288 pp. We warmly thank the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for review.    As with the early modern period, there is much about Luis de Molina that we really don’t know. In hopes of shedding some light upon this enigmatic figure, Dr. Kirk […]

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Not Partakers of the Divine Nature*

In 2 Peter 1, Peter writes: His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of […]

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Isidore, Sententiae 1.1.6a

Cazier divides the next sententia into two parts, 1.1.6a and 1.1.6b. I’m going to follow him here. In this sententia Isidore draws the conclusion of divine simplicity:1 Ideo Deus dicitur simplex, sive non amittendo quod habet, seu quia non aliud est ipse et aliud quod in ipso est. For that reason God is called simple, whether by […]

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The Complexities of Simplicity

Dr. Edward Feser writes a helpful reply to Dr. Roger Olson’s criticisms of classical theism. In the course of his response, Dr. Feser notes that the logic that led older theologians to classical doctrines like divine incorporeality and impassibility did so by way of divine simplicity. For some contemporary thinkers this is a point against […]