Unlatched Theism: An Examination of John Frame’s Response to “All That Is in God”

James Dolezal’s book, “All That Is in God,” defines the basic differences between classical Christian theism and what he calls “theistic mutualism.”

Classical theism is the biblical doctrine of God, and that is why it is the doctrine of God that one finds in our creeds and confessions. That is why it is the doctrine defended by orthodox Christian theologians from the early church to the twentieth century. I also believe that Dolezal has demonstrated conclusively that... Continue Reading

A Review: “Bind Us Apart”

Interracial marriage proposals two centuries ago.

Guyatt, as his subtitle suggests, shows that most anti-slavery Americans during the late 18th and early 19th centuries were segregationists: They typically wanted gradual emancipation with ex-slaves then moving to Africa or lands west of the Mississippi. That’s well-known among historians. But Guyatt also reports on a gutsy minority who thought the road to racial... Continue Reading

Empathy and Orthodoxy

Suffering is an important topic, but how we handle it can make all the difference between adding to that suffering or comforting the sufferer.

“Loving well those facing the great trials of life requires Christians to develop both pastoral sensitivity and theological instincts. Empathy and orthodoxy both matter. Benevolence and truth are meant to nourish one another, not to serve as two distinct options. When tenderheartedness and conviction are together, they bring life, but separated they can be disastrous. Discovering a perfect... Continue Reading

All That Is In God

God is whatever he has. He is not the composite of his attributes, some in greater and some in lesser amounts.

This is a really important book. Although the text is less than 150 pages, the content is sharp, dense, and bound to generate some controversy. Dolezal, a Reformed Baptist who teaches theology in the School of Divinity at Cairn University (Langhorne, PA), has done the church a favor in raising such crucial issues in such... Continue Reading

Purgatory, Grace, and Works (Hodge)

The Roman Catholic Church still believes and teaches that purgatory is real.

“As the renunciation of all dependence upon our own merit, of all purpose, desire, or effort to make satisfaction for ourselves, and trusting exclusively to the satisfaction rendered by Jesus Christ, is of the very essence of Christian experience, it will be seen that the doctrine of purgatory is in conflict not only with the... Continue Reading

Response to Frame’s Criticism of Dolezal on Theistic Mutualism

For Frame, God does change in view of the actions of his creatures.

If Frame is indeed going to make a convincing case against Classical Theism in Dolezal’s model, this is most certainly not it. There must first be a clear demonstration that Frame has a groundwork in Patristic and scholastic thought on these issues before his critiques can be taken seriously by proponents of Classical Theism. Perhaps... Continue Reading

Fragile Philosophy

Origins: Skewering Darwinism’s ‘science of the gaps’

Bethell concludes that “the science of Darwinism amounts to little more than the ‘wedding’ of materialism and Progress. We have seen that if materialism is true, then Darwinism—or something very much like it—must also be true. But materialism is highly implausible and has been widely challenged.   Darwin’s House of Cards (Discovery) by Tom Bethell is not... Continue Reading

My Biggest Surprise Yet In Reading The Puritans

My biggest surprise yet in reading the Puritans was discovering their use of extra-biblical sources of knowledge in their pastoral counseling of believers.

Why were the Puritans so interested in natural theology? What motivated them. Marshall answers: “Puritans did not simply embrace these rational arguments on a theological level but employed them in a surprising variety of pastoral, evangelical, and polemical contexts.”   One of the privileges of working at a place like Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is getting to... Continue Reading

When Marriage Became About Me, Myself, and I

Today we expect our spouses to heal our wounds, justify our existence, and provide rapturous sex.

Without God and a thick sense of community and an objective ethical framework, the expectations for romantic love are so high—and our moral foundation so malleable by individual desire—that we end up asking too little of marriage. Even escape valves that erode the commitment necessary for sustaining love, such as living apart and consensual nonmonogamy, receive consideration.... Continue Reading

The Westminster Shorter Catechism

Said of the Shorter Catechism: “The ripest fruit of the Assembly’s thought and experience.”

There was an old expression, particularly among the Scottish Presbyterians, who would say, “I own the Confession.” By that, they meant that they had made its doctrine their own; they had taken the content to heart, and saw that indeed it was an accurate reflection of the teaching of Scripture. So, too, the Catechism, though... Continue Reading

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