Archive for the 'Church tradition' Category

Thoughts on the science/religion rift

The deeper cause for the rift is trying to use either science or religion as a skeleton key to unlock the answers to both practical and more existential questions.

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Why most Protestants need Adam and Eve to be historical

…and why the Church in the East never did. Listening to most Evangelical first-string leaders, you’d get the impression that apart from an historical Fall of Man that marred the souls of all the descendants of the ones who fell, you’d have no need for Jesus, and Christianity sails right out the window. So much […]

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

St. John Chrysostom: Scripture as the second best course

It would be indeed meet for us not at all to require the aid of the written word, but to exhibit a life so pure, that the grace of the Spirit should be instead of books to our souls, and that as these are inscribed with ink, even so should our hearts be with the […]

Friday, March 25th, 2011

St. Isaac the Syrian on the wrath of God

Amidst the current controversy, some are pointing out that, despite being maligned as though they were novel signs of our wayward times, current trends of Christians questioning the negative attributes of God sometimes presented in Scripture, attitudes like jealousy and vengeance that we find intolerable in other humans, are hardly novel in church history. To underscore this, here’s […]

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Can “evangelicalism” include me?

Will twenty-first century evangelicals be able to make their peace with a culture of Christianity characterized as “without inerrancy, with women, without young earth, with social justice”? Daniel Kirk hopes so. I hope so, too! This would be a great development. But I have some misgivings about the prospect when I consider certain defining characteristics […]

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Baptism: taking Scripture and tradition seriously

Polycarp at The Church of Jesus Christ and I seem to be travelling the same paths lately (does this indicate that I’m finally a part of the Church of Jesus Christ? The U.S. branch, anyway?). He recently wrote a series of posts, some in depth and some quite short, regarding hell and universalism in Scripture […]

Monday, March 15th, 2010