Posts in Historical Theology

Antonio del Corro: El gran legado para nuestros tiempos de un reformador español / The legacy of Antonio del Corro an exemplary Spanish Reformer

By Octavio Esqueda Oct. 3, 2013 9:10 a.m. Historical Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

El gran educador Antonio del Corro (Sevilla, 1527-Londres, 1591) es quizá una de las figuras más importantes y a la vez menos conocidas de la reforma española. Es también un ejemplo a imitar para todos los que seguimos a Cristo y sobre todo para los que nos dedicamos a servirle a través de la enseñanza. El historiador Emilio Monjo se refiere a Antonio de Corro como “un personaje que refleja el talante de la Reforma española en cuanto a su libertad de pensamiento y palabra: una iglesia que había nacido libre por la acción de la Escritura, y que se mantuvo libre con la Escritura también en su exilio europeo". 

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A few questions about the doctrine of Hell (3 of 4)

By John McKinley Jun. 5, 2013 6:00 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology

As Part 3 in this series on the doctrine of hell, I introduce an interpretation of hell that is coming into print from a few contributors during the last decade. See Part 1 on the metaphorical language for hell, and Part 2 on the doctrine of degrees of punishments. The traditional teaching about hell has been criticized for many reasons, one of which is that sin continues forever in hell. This seems to be a cosmic dualism where good prevails only in heaven (the new creation), but evil continues to hold out in hell where evildoers continue to hate God and compound their guilt forever and ever. This might not be the best conclusion.

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Some Reflections on 1 Cor. 2:14

By Alan Gomes May. 8, 2013 10:37 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Apologetics, Evangelism, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation

The Bible is God’s very word and therefore carries the authority of God himself. And that word of God, Scripture tells us, is a powerful thing—“living and active and sharper than even a two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12). It floods the soul with its resplendent rays, laying bare God’s truth and putting all darkness to flight. Yet, as this text tells us, not all receive the truth of this light, and some esteem it as folly itself. How can this be? If Scripture is “the power of God unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16), how could any reject its authoritative claims?

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Two wills in Jesus?

By John McKinley Mar. 28, 2013 12:26 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology

Dyothelitism means that Jesus possesses two wills, one divine and one human. God the Father and God the Son are distinct persons, but they share the same divine will. The difference of Jesus’ will from his Father’s will in Gethsemane is his human will. By incarnation, God the Son took up a second way of living as a man. He now possesses two natures. Each nature is complete, including a will for each. I define will as the spiritual capacity for desires and choice in the exercise of personal agency. A caution to remember is that these are mysterious operations (desiring, choosing) of mysterious realities (persons, wills, Trinity) that may leave us continuing to wonder even after thinking it all through as best we can. We will consider briefly Jesus’ divine will, his human will, the situation of Gethsemane, and how this affects our thinking about the Trinity.

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Under the Banyan with Bunyan, on Hell

By Joanne Jung Jan. 24, 2013 4:59 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Spiritual Formation

Hell. I don't think about this subject often, so you can imagine my surprise when I found such moving thoughts on hell from an author I regard: John Bunyan. 

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Transformed in Christ: Christology and the Christian Life in John Chrysostom

By Ashish Naidu Sep. 2, 2012 10:01 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

I am delighted to announce the recent publication of my monograph titled, Transformed in Christ: Christology and the Christian Life in John Chrysostom, in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series, by Pickwick Publications (Imprint of Wipf and Stock).

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Thumbnails for remembering the Apostolic Fathers: Apostolic Fathers #8

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 30, 2012 11:23 a.m. Historical Theology, Church Life, New Testament

This is my last post (at least in this series) on the Apostolic Fathers.  But together with my class, we have come up with a list of thumbnail descriptions to help us remember the various writings of the Apostolic Fathers.  Here is our list (in the order we read these writings):

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