Some Reading Notes: 10 (or so) Books.

These books were highlights for me through the past year; some new, some old. Again, I won’t include any Bavinck-related or primary source material. Henry Allison, Kant’s Transcendental Idealism (YUP, 2004) A central book within the so-called ‘third wave’ Kant scholarship (along with Ameriks et al), presenting a ‘non-ontological’ reading of Kant’s transcendental idealism. On […]

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On My New Title, Karl Barth’s Infralapsarian Theology (IVP Academic, 2016)

During his visit to Taipei last year, Professor Wayne Grudem asked me to summarize my forthcoming IVP Academic title in one sentence. “Barth got Reformed orthodoxy wrong,” I replied. He laughed, of course, because this was obviously meant to be a joke—more or less. Barth’s interpretation of Reformed orthodoxy is at once flawed and deeply inspirational. […]

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Book Review – Robert Letham, The Work of Christ (Contours Series)

Intro: During the last supper we had with our beloved systematic theology professor Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, I asked him, “Dr. Ferguson, John Frame’s systematic theology was out a few months ago. When is your turn? When will you write your own?” He smiled at me and said (picture Scottish accent), “Never, I will not join […]

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Book Review – Selderhuis, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life

Intro: OK, I don’t need to deny that Calvin (not Cranmer, although I am an Anglican) is still my favorite church theologian. It will most likely remain this way (now an Anglican may consider this a thorn in his/her flesh, but hey, it’s a great thorn). So reading yet another bio from Calvin doesn’t feel […]

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Frozen: the Self, Integrity, and Inconsistencies

Everyone’s been raving about the (fairly) recent animated movie, Frozen. I quite enjoyed it myself when I saw it in theaters with the family. It’s got a whole host of positive things about it – making fun of the earlier disney princesses who fell in love instantly with that dashing prince; embracing the truth that […]

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Michael Bird, “Jesus is the Christ”

Christology, a locus of dogmatic theology, nominally signifies the centrality of the title Christ. Ironically, however, in the midst of its numerous other sub-loci, the messianic role of Jesus of Nazareth tends to become secondary in Christology. In his book, Bird attempts to recover the centrality of messiahship in Christology. Bird’s thesis is as follows. […]

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