Author Archives: Ashish Varma

About Ashish Varma

I am a PhD student under Kevin J. Vanhoozer, and my dissertation project pertains to defending the theological validity and identifying the dogmatic location of virtue in traditional Protestant thought, namely within the sphere of union with Christ. My wife Narissa and I attend College Church in Wheaton.

Review: Imitating God in Christ, by Jason Hood

Hood, Jason B. Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing a Biblical Pattern. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013. For many of the same reasons as our relative neglect of the category of virtue and the general hesitancy to attribute human agency in the life of … Continue reading

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Review: ‘One with Christ’ by Marcus Johnson

Johnson, Marcus Peter. One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. After years of relative neglect, in the past century, the theme of union with Christ has begun to reclaim its important place at the heart … Continue reading

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Call for papers: 2014 History of Christianity Conference, Edinburgh

This third annual, student-led postgraduate conference in Church History draws near, and its organizers have issued a call for papers from current doctoral students in Church History or Historical Theology. 

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Review: Addiction and Virtue by Kent Dunnington

In Addiction and Virtue, Kent Dunnington engages in a bold interdisciplinary task, dialoguing with psychology and medicine while drawing from philosophy and theology in hopes to shed new light on the modern scourge of addiction. Typical descriptions of addiction categorize … Continue reading

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Review: The Domain of the Word by John Webster

Webster, John. The Domain of the Word: Scripture and Theological Reason. London: T&T Clark, 2012. In The Domain of the Word, students of theology welcome the first of two new companion volumes from British evangelical theologian John Webster.[1] This collection … Continue reading

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Review: “Evangelical Calvinism,” edited by Myk Habets and Bobby Grow

Historically, Calvinists have asked the question, “Who are the elect?” Perhaps, a more fundamental question should be asked: “Who are the Calvinists?” Actually, more broadly, the issue is, “Who are the Reformed?”, though we grant that “Calvinism” is often used … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Amy Hughes, the First Female Theologian to Defend Dissertation at Wheaton College

On Monday, April 15, Amy Hughes became the first female theologian to successfully defend her dissertation, entitled “‘Chastely I Live for Thee’: Virginity as Bondage and Freedom in Origen of Alexandria, Methodius of Olympus and Gregory of Nyssa.” Her advisor … Continue reading

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Wheaton Theology Conference: Stanley Hauerwas, “Church Matters”

On the evening of Friday, April 5, masses crowded into and overflowed from Barrows Auditorium at Wheaton College to hear from Duke theological ethicist Stanley Hauerwas. That he was a primetime speaker at a conference on Christian theological consideration of … Continue reading

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Review of Perichoretic Salvation by James D. Gifford, Jr.

            In his book Perichoretic Salvation: The Believer’s Union with Christ as a Third Type of Perichoresis, James D. Gifford, Jr. offers the larger theological community a revision of his doctoral dissertation at Southeastern Baptist Theological … Continue reading

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Stories and the Story

As is probably evident to those who know me and maybe even to those who read my previous post (“Theological Discourse, Literary Worlds, and Tolkien as Theologian”), I am a great lover of stories. On one level, this may be … Continue reading

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