God, both Impassible and Impassioned (Paul Helm)

September 3, 2013Doctrine of God, Paul Helm

We saw in the earlier post that Rob Lister in his newly-published God is Impassible and Impassioned: Towards a Theology of Divine Emotion (Crossway/Apollos), adopts a “duality model” of the divine nature and activities. God apart from creation is timelessly eternal, but upon creating the universe he “enters” our universe and becomes temporal, in the … Read More

Can God be both outside time and in time? – Part 1 (Paul Helm)

August 13, 2013Paul Helm, Reviews

Can God be both outside time and in time? This question arises from the reading of a new book by Rob Lister, God is Impassible and Impassioned: Towards a Theology of Divine Emotion (Crossway/Apollos). The book is well-informed regarding the historical positions on God’s passibility and impassibility, and is well written. Anyone interested in systematic … Read More

John Calvin and rebellion against the government

July 4, 2013John Calvin, Paul Helm

I’ve heard it said that John Calvin was not in favor of rebellion against the government, and that it was John Locke to whom would-be rebels looked to justify Christian rebellion, as we might call it. For a recent example of this view see here.  But I think the matter is a bit more complicated than … Read More

Thomas Ridgley on the Trinity

April 11, 2013Paul Helm, Puritans, Trinity

By Paul Helm– The period of English history in which Thomas Ridgley lived is generally regarded as inglorious from a religious and theological point of view. The Puritan aspirations were punctured by the Act of Uniformity, and the political and theological reaction to Puritanism accelerated its decline. 1662-1689 was a period of severe discrimination and … Read More

Calvin on the Temporary Christian

February 15, 2013Assurance, Calvinism, John Calvin, Paul Helm, Perseverance

Paul Helm– Calvin’s treatment of faith, permanent and temporary, has features that make it strikingly similar to Augustine’s discussion of perseverance. So it is interesting that though he quotes Augustine many times in connection with God’s imparting of his grace he does not refer to him explicitly on perseverance in the Institutes. Though it seems … Read More

Augustine and the Temporary Christian

December 4, 2012Augustine, Paul Helm

By Paul Helm– Augustine discusses temporary Christianity in his anti-Pelagian writings, as seen in  Rebuke and Grace, composed in 426-427 and On the Gift of Perseverance, written in 428/429.  In these short books Augustine strongly defends the sovereign grace of God, especially the idea of effectual calling and what later on came to be called … Read More

Plantinga’s Point

November 7, 2012Paul Helm, Philosophy, Providence

By Paul Helm— In a little-discussed paper of Alvin Plantinga’s, ‘Divine Knowledge,’ (in Christian Perspectives on Religious Knowledge, edited by C. Stephen Evans and Merold Westphal (Eerdmans, 1993), he discusses and defends the thesis that it is no objection to accepting the truth of God knows that p that We do not know how God … Read More