[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the recent literature, the Spirit Christology of the puritan theologian John Owen has been offered as a constructive contribution to Christian theology. In this article, Owen's Spirit Christology is set out and criticized. Although there is much to commend in Owen's approach, it is deficient in several important respects. In its place, an “Owenite” pneumatologically sensitive Christology is considered, drawing on the notion of divine hiddenness in the Incarnation, or divine krypsis. This succeeds in precisely the areas where Owen's account is wanting.
Journal of Reformed Theology 12/2010; 5(1):5-25. DOI:10.1163/156973111X565082
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the recent literature there have been several accounts of Jonathan Edwards's doctrine of God (Theology Proper). In this paper, I offer a rather different interpretation of Edwards, showing that his understanding of the divine nature is much more in keeping with the Reformed scholastic tradition in which he was educated, despite the fact that he ends up embracing a version of panentheism.
Journal of Reformed Theology 05/2009; 3(2):175-201. DOI:10.1163/156973109X448724
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: I critically examine Edward Oakes' claim that Hans Urs von Balthasar's theology of the descent into hell provides the best answer regarding the possible salvation of the unevangelized non-Christian. First, I contest Oakes' claim based on christological and trinitarian difficulties in Balthasar's descent theology. Second, I utilize the early Christian tradition's understanding of Christ's descent into the limbo of the just to address the problem of the salvation of the unevangelized. Third, I draw on Joseph DiNoia's use of purgatory to further elaborate upon the ‘descent’ tradition as a resource to address the question of the salvation of the unevangelized. My overall claim is that the descent into hell is indeed an important theological resource for addressing the question of the possible salvation for the unevangelized, but not in the way that Balthasar and Oakes construe it.
International Journal of Systematic Theology 03/2009; 11(2):146 - 171. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-2400.2009.00409.x
Modern Theology 11/2008; 2(2):125 - 143. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-0025.1986.tb00109.x
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