Ximian Xu

Ximian Xu
The University of Edinburgh | UoE · School of Divinity

Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Law, Master of Divinity (First Class Honours), Master of Theology (Distinction) Doctor of Philosophy (Systematic Theology)

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This article aims to retrieve Abraham Kuyper’s theology to develop Reformed theology in mainland China. It shall argue that Kuyper’s concern about the varying contexts where theology is practiced shows an underdeveloped proto-Reformed contextual theology. Nonetheless, his idea of common grace serves as a conceptual apparatus through which his proto...
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This paper draws on the Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck's (1854–1921) views of conscience and confession of faith to articulate a dynamic view of confessing faith with a free conscience. It will argue that a genuine ecclesial confession must be coupled with the believer's free conscience in the actualized confession of faith in Christ in obedience...
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Recent Bavinck studies show that Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) is not only a dogmatician but also an ethicist. This article seeks to demonstrate that, by intertwining dogmatics and ethics in a doxological way, that is, glorifying and exalting God in wonder and praise, Bavinck describes these two disciplines as inter-independent yet intimately related;...
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This article draws on the Dutch neo-Calvinist dogmatician Herman Bavinck’s notion of conscience to explore the question of whether Christ’s assumed humanity is fallen or unfallen. It will demonstrate that, for Bavinck, Christ’s conscience was silent and did not accuse or exonerate him according to the moral law (the word of God) as occurs in the po...
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Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) describes the twofold scientific calling of the Church. First, the Church needs to read the historic Reformed confessions contextually and distill the Reformed principles to meet its contemporary needs. Second, the Church should pursue a scientific (wetenschappelijke) life, particularly in the university. Bavinck’s two th...
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This paper seeks to examine Barth's ontology of holy scripture by appropriating the latest nomenclatural analysis of Barth's usage of Wesen and Sein . Given the difference between the Wesen and the Sein of the Bible, and the claim that the Sein -in-becoming of the Bible is determined by its Wesen -in-act, it follows that for Barth the Bible is onto...
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This article is intended to assess Karl Barth’s appreciative use of Herman Bavinck’s view of God’s incomprehensibility in Church Dogmatics II/1. The main argument is that despite Barth’s appreciative gesture, Barth in fact offers an unfaithful or mistaken reading of Bavinck’s view. Whereas Bavinck makes God’s knowability the presupposition of the d...
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By grounding theology in God’s revelation, Herman Bavinck (1854‐1921) and Karl Barth (1886‐1968) take differing attitudes to general revelation, which is widely accepted in the circle of Reformed theology. Bavinck firmly says ‘Yes’ to the existence of the knowledge of God in creation. In contrast with him, Barth holds fast to the Christocentric vie...
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This book review was published by Center for Barth Studies. Here is the link: http://barth2.ptsem.edu/index.php/Book_Reviews/Book_Review/barths-doctrine-of-creation
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This article aims to make a comparison between Herman Bavinck, a leading neo-Calvinist theologian, and Mou Zongsan, arguably the most innovative New Confucian philosopher, on human nature and its quality, and to build a dialogue between them. Bavinck sets forth a theocentric explication on human nature, that is the imago Dei, which was created, is...
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T. C. Chao (Zhao Zichen, 1888-1979) was a leading Chinese theologian of the twentieth century. His Yesu Zhuan is a well-known book in China and accepted by many Chinese people as a way to know who Jesus is. Given this, this article will examine Chao's Christology in Yesu Zhuan. It will first introduce the historical context of Yesu Zhuan, including...

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