Sunday, July 27, 2014

Book Review:
Communion with the Triune God

I've reviewed the following book:

Communion with the Triune God: The Trinitarian Soteriology of T. F. Torrance, Dick O. Eugenio, Pickwick, 2014 (ISBN 978-1-62564-036-9), 242 pp., Pb $29.00.

You can read the review in the latest issue of Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology (note: there is currently not a digital online edition of this issue). You can purchase the book at the publisher's website here.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Book Review:
Theology in Transposition

I've reviewed the following book:

Theology in Transposition: A Constructive Appraisal of T. F. Torrance, Myk Habets, Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013 (ISBN 978-0800699949), 228 pp., Pb $39.00.

You can read the review in the latest issue of Theology in Scotland (note: there is currently not a digital online edition of this issue). You can purchase the book at the publisher's website here.

This is an excellent addition to the secondary literature on Torrance's theology, and well worth checking out.

Update: With the permission of the kind editors of Theology in Scotland, I have uploaded a copy of the review to my Academia.edu page

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Book Review:
The Unassumed is the Unhealed

I've reviewed the following book:

The Unassumed is the Unhealed: The Humanity of Christ in the Christology of T. F. Torrance, Kevin Chiarot, Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013 (ISBN 978-1-62564-072-7), viii + 235 pp., Pb $27.00.

You can read the review in the latest issue of ThemeliosYou can purchase the book at the publisher's website here.

This book is well worth the read. I would say more here, but you can access the review over at Themelios for free, so check it out!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Unrest

Karl Barth, in his Church Dogmatics IV.3.1 § 69, comments on the life of the church in the time of the already / not yet:
Why is it, and to what end, that we must tarry in this tension between then and now and one day? Why is it that our freedom and joy can only be to accept this tension and thus to be continually on the march? What is the basis and meaning of the fact that Jesus Christ did not so come again once that all further coming again is superfluous? Why is it that we and all creatures have still a long way to go to the home to which we belong, to the time when we shall enjoy our eternal life on the new earth and under the new heaven, to the investing of our corruptibility with incorruption? Why have we still to wait?

These are not improper or unbiblical questions. Paul often put questions of this kind. The Apocalypse is plainly occupied with them. Indeed, they are found explicitly or implicitly in the whole of the New Testament testimony and characterize the assurance with which the New Testament bears witness to its subject. We cannot suppress them if we take the Easter event seriously and do not fail to see that the last and first hour did indeed strike in it. . .

This unsettling and impatient question may not be the last word. But it is not an unjustifiable question. It has a real basis in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hence the unrest and impatience manifested in it, although they can and should be quashed and turned into rest and patience, are not to be rejected as superfluous or even harmful. Would to God that with a more serious attitude to the Easter message there were in Christendom more of the unrest and impatience which - whatever else may have to be said - are necessarily expressed again and again in questions of this kind! (320)
This means that our Easter celebration, if we truly take to heart its joyous meaning and do not reduce it to mere holiday sentimentalism, should produce real Christian anxiety, real longing to see what the Easter message declares. As it is said in the hymn "The Church's One Foundation" (S. J. Stone):
Saints their watch are keeping;
their cry goes up: "How long?"
And soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song
Or, as the apostle John put it at the end of the book of Revelation: "Come soon, Lord Jesus!" 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

George MacDonald's Princess

I have written a short piece about the baptismal imagery in George MacDonald's short story, The Light Princess. First Things has published it as one of their "Web Exclusives." You can read it here.