Tag Archives: divine transcendence

Trinity, Creation, and the Christian Distinction

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor 13:14). The triadic benediction does not surprise us. We have heard it countless times from … Continue reading

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Open Theism, Eternity, and the Biblical God

Twenty some years ago I read the ground­breaking book The Openness of God—a collection of essays by evangelical theologians and philosophers who argue that the “biblical” God who does not foreknow the future. This understanding has since become known as “open theism.” … Continue reading

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God Differs Differently: How Divine Transcendence Makes Possible the God-Man

Docetism, Sabellianism, Subordinationism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Monophysitism—we know the names of the famous heresies that plagued the Church during the first millennium. Perhaps we can even describe them and explain why they were rejected. But what may not be clear in … Continue reading

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Perfect Being Theology, Theistic Personalism, and the Eclipse of the Apophatic

Readers of this blog will by now be well-acquainated with the term “theistic personalism.” It was coined by Brian Davies to describe what he believes to be a problematic understanding of divinity, commonly advanced by analytic philosophers. He specifically names … Continue reading

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Crucifying Transcendence and the Retreat into Pre-Christian Divinity

Dr Greg Boyd has been writing a fair amount on divine transcendence over at his blog ReKnew: “Rethinking Transcendence,” “Crucifying Transcendence,” and “The Starting Point for ‘Knowing God.’”  Following Harnack and Moltmann, Boyd posits conflict between Hellenistic and Hebraic conceptions … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Rethinking of Transcendence

In his recent article “Rethinking Transcendence,” Greg Boyd invites us to reconsider our understanding of divinity in light of God’s self-revelation in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ: Consider, would it ever occur to anyone to think that God is “above” … Continue reading

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To Be or Not to Be: The A-being god of Theistic Personalists

Is God a being among beings? It seems like the kind of question that only a fussy scholastic  might worry about. Popular Christian discourse commonly speak of God as if he were a being. We tell stories about him. We … Continue reading

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