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Boethius, Univocity, and Modern Trinitarian Thought

In a recent blog post, Peter Leithart reflects on the concept of “person” in relation to the Trinity. He takes as his starting point the classic definition given by Boethius: a person is an individual substance of a rational nature, and from this argues that the divine persons of the Trinity, being persons, are also […]

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Barth on Protestant Scholasticism Today

By many modern accounts, the value of Protestant scholasticism, which reached its zenith in the seventeenth century, is dubious. But as Willem van Asselt observes in his introduction to the new translation of Franciscus Junius’ A Treatise on True Theology, no less a modern theologian than Karl Barth observed that the methodological merits of the Protestant […]

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Karl Barth’s Failure

Matthew Rose writes a perceptive piece at First Things on the failure of Karl Barth’s project, in ways that echo concerns TCI has expressed on numerous occasions (e.g.) with modern theology’s “retreat to commitment”.

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Karl Barth and the Reformed Identity

It has always struck me as curious that Karl Barth is often identified, both popularly and in academic circles, as a Reformed theologian. The curiosity lies not in Barth’s close work on the theology of the Reformation era. Rather, it has to do with the broader question of what it means to be Reformed. One […]

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Martin Luther and the Meaning of Reason

Quoting Brian Gerrish, Eric Parker helpfully explains why Martin Luther said what he did about “reason”: Because reason belongs to the natural sphere, Luther will not allow that it is competent to judge in matters of faith; and yet, because faith comes through the hearing and understanding of the Word, Luther found himself bound to […]