Can We Use Reason to Understand God?

Many times in conversations with Christians, I have heard the claim that God cannot be understood using reason. Some Christians will bring up the doctrine of the Trinity as an objection to using reason to understand God, seemingly admitting that the doctrine is not rational. The reason usually given is that God is beyond reasonContinue reading “Can We Use Reason to Understand God?”

A Critical Analysis of the Hypostatic Union

In this post, I will offer a critique of the traditional Christian doctrine of the hypostatic union of Christ’s person. This doctrine asserts that Christ was both truly God and truly man. The orthodox position on the relation of the two natures in Christ has historically been that Christ was not two persons but ratherContinue reading “A Critical Analysis of the Hypostatic Union”

The Independence and Oneness of God

In discussing the oneness of God, two particular doctrines often come into mind: divine simplicity and divine aseity. These are closely related, and the same arguments may be used to establish both. In this post, I wish to first present arguments for the simplicity and aseity of God; then I will discuss the implications ofContinue reading “The Independence and Oneness of God”

A Historical Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity

So far, I have given four analyses of the doctrine of the Trinity—logical, philosophical, theological, and biblical. I will now give a historical analysis of this doctrine which has for so long been the central understanding of God’s nature in mainstream Christianity and in the more dominant churches. In this post, I wish to presentContinue reading “A Historical Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity”

An Analysis of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

One of the most interesting arguments for the existence of God is what is known as the ontological argument. (Ontological just means referring to the study of existence.) One of the things that makes this argument so interesting and so unique is that it attempts to argue for the existence of God from completely rationalContinue reading “An Analysis of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God”

The Teleological Argument for the Existence of God

Previously, I discussed the four cosmological arguments of Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica. I also mentioned that Aquinas presented five arguments or five “ways” of demonstrating the existence of God. The fifth way is commonly known as a teleological argument, which is essentially an argument from design. Teleology deals with the end, finality, orContinue reading “The Teleological Argument for the Existence of God”

An Analysis of Aquinas’s Cosmological Arguments

Thomas Aquinas was a medieval Christian philosopher who is known as one of the most important figures in the history of the Catholic Church. One of the things that he is most known for is his five arguments for the existence of God, which are found in Aquinas’s Summa Theologica (Summary of Theology). Four ofContinue reading “An Analysis of Aquinas’s Cosmological Arguments”

A Critique of Calvinist and Lutheran Views on Determinism

I also have a podcast episode covering the content of this blog post. If you would like to listen to it, you can do so here: I have addressed divine determinism briefly before in a post on free will, but I believe that this subject is worth further discussion. Here, I will give a critiqueContinue reading “A Critique of Calvinist and Lutheran Views on Determinism”

A Biblical Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity

Thus far, I have written three brief analyses—logical, philosophical, and theological—of the doctrine of the Trinity. Now, we come to a biblical analysis of the doctrine. I will primarily discuss certain passages of the Bible that are said to favor or to support the Trinity. Further, I will see if the Bible as a wholeContinue reading “A Biblical Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity”

A Theological Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity

Thus far, I have focused primarily on the philosophy of the Trinity. However, the Trinity is not merely a philosophical concept: it is also a theological one. Here, I wish to analyze the doctrine through a theological lens and to see whether the Trinity is theologically necessary for the Christian religion. THEOLOGY PROPER Theology proper,Continue reading “A Theological Analysis of the Doctrine of the Trinity”