An issue I want to approach on this blog, in particular, is how classical Christian theology has pummeled theology. What I mean is that classic theology’s borrowing and usage of Aristotelian categories — and thus its attendant dualistic metaphysic — has bifurcated our knowledge of God (our epistemology) from His ontology. In other words, the way that classical theology has attempted to ‘get at God’ is by employing an ‘bottom-up’ approach; so that we must bridge the gap between us and Him (epistemologically) before we ever can get to Him. What this assumes is an epistemology something like Rene Descartes, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant has provided for us; it assumes an intellectualist anthropology which makes man’s mind — the bridge to God — the stepping stone upon which we can begin to talk about God. But of course the unwanted consequence of this is that we make God contingent upon ‘our arguments, our thinking, our desires, our predispositions’. This just will not do!

T. F. Torrance, in his book The Ground and Grammar of Theology, provides a better way forward; a way that assumes an ‘positive’ approach to doing and thinking out theology. It centers upon an Christological assumption which places Christ at the center for how we do theology. This is much, but not all, of what I look forward to talking about further in the days to come. Sorry this post is only a teaser of points I want to think-out later.

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