October 28, 1787 Wilberforce realized the need “for some reformer of the nation’s morals, who should raise his […]
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Our knowledge of God is the imprint of the knowledge God has of himself but always on a […]
According to Simplicius, the neoplatonic commentator on Aristotle, and similarly Hippolytus in his Refutatio omnium haeresium, Anaximander was the first to describe the ground of things he found in the ἀπειρον (the unbounded) with the term ἀρχη (beginning, origin, foundation, or source). By doing this, however, he may have meant only that the ἀπειρον was the beginning and first of all things. But in the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle this word acquired the meaning of the ultimate cause of things. Plato already speaks of the principle of motion, of becoming, and of proof,5 and Aristotle understands ἀρχαι in general to refer to the first things in a series and particularly the first causes that cannot be traced to other causes…
When doing theology, Christian theologians don’t need to appeal to subject areas that are outside the realm of […]
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It used to be that when you write about theology, you start by discussing the nature of theology. After Kant critiqued this method, theologians lost their footing. Schleiermacher worked around this by trying to give theology another foundation. He believed that theology is not a matter of knowing but of feeling. He made dogmatics dependent on philosophy.
Following Schleiermacher, theologians began prefacing their writings with a kind of apologetic tone instead of the usual prolegomena. What happened was that theology lost its own foundation and was no longer developed from its own first principles. Theology now had to wait for philosophy to examine its basis and right to exist before it could undertake its tasks. This means that the theologian could not take his stance from within Christianity but have to look outside in the study of religions. From there, he would have to work his way to an exposition of the Christian faith.
We thus identify three fundamental principles for theology: God is the essential foundation (principium essendi); Scripture is the […]
Dane C. Ortlund on Jonathan Edwards: The reason no one can see God and live is not God’s wrath […]
Dane Ortlund quoting Jonathan Edwards: [It is the] sight of the divine beauty of Christ that bows the […]
Despite [his] afflictions man wants to be happy, only wants to be happy, and cannot help wanting to […]