Tag Archives: Christian theology

The New Theist

1 Jul

The latest Chronicle of Higher Education has a fascinating (and lengthy) article by Nathan Schneider on philosopher and Christian apologist William Lane Craig. Not only had I not heard of Craig, neither was I aware of Biola’s flourishing master’s program in philosophy.

You can find the Schneider article here:

The New Theist – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Evangelicalism and the Modern Study of Scripture

1 Jul

In case you haven’t already become a follower of Harold Heie’s Respectful Conversation project, take a look at the new topic starting today:

respectfulconversation – The Conversation – Topic #3: Evangelicalism and the Modern Study of Scripture.

N.T. Wright on Jesus’ Death

16 Jan

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day brings to mind, among other things, suffering–of King himself, and of many others in history, and the present, who seek God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven.

N.T. Wright’s new book, Simply Jesus, powerfully presents Wright’s understanding of what Jesus was about, in ways that remind us that Jesus was King’s Lord and Savior. Here’s a passage from Wright’s book, pp. 185-7:

Somehow, Jesus’s death was seen by Jesus himself, and then by those who told and ultimately wrote his story, as the ultimate means by which God’s kingdom was established. The crucifixion was the shocking answer to the prayer that God’s kingdom would come on earth as in heaven. It was the ultimate Exodus event through which the tyrant was defeated, God’s people were set free and given their fresh vocation, and God’s presence was established in their midst in a completely new way for which the Temple itself was just an advance pointer. That is why, in John’s gospel, the “glory of God”–with all the echoes of the anticipated return of YHWH to Zion–is revealed in and through Jesus, throughout his public career, in the “signs” he performed, but fully and finally as he is “lifted up” on the cross. …

… In Jesus’s own understanding of the battle he was fighting, Rome was not the real enemy. Rome provided the great gale, and the distorted ambitions of Israel the high-pressure system, but the real enemy, to be met head-on by the power and love of God, was the anti-creation power, the power of death and destruction, the force of accusation, the Accuser who lays a charge against the whole human race and the world itself that all are corrupt and decaying, that all humans have contributed to this by their own idolatry and sin. The terrible thing is that this charge is true. …

… What we see throughout Jesus’s public career is that he himself is being accused … Jesus, in other words, has taken the accusations that were outstanding against the world and against the whole human race and has borne them in himself. That is the point of the story the way the evangelists tell it.

Exploring the Past

Reading, Thinking, and Blogging about History

Enough Light

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." - Blaise Pascal

Lenten Lamentations

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The Text Message

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Stuff That Needs To Be Said

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"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

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the way of improvement leads home

reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life

The Pietist Schoolman

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Reformed. Done Daily.


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"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

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