Archive for the 'Kingdom of God' Category

How golden is that rule after all?

In a recent post I mentioned Jesus’ formulation of the Golden Rule. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that even this principle has come under attack. For one thing, it’s common to hear someone point out that the reciprocity principle behind the Golden Rule did not begin with Jesus as though this in some way impugns Jesus’ wisdom […]

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Running on empty: dangers in “deus ex machina” theology

In a section recapping some Olympic news, the September 8 issue of World Magazine had a short piece about Ryan Hall, a record-setting runner who many considered to hold great promise as a contender in the 2012 Olympics. He received lots of attention due to his successes, and was the subject of a cover feature […]

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Liberal theology decloaking in hostile territory

I don’t often link to the big name bloggers: I assume everyone’s either already reading them or consciously ignoring them. But in this case I can’t help but stand up to lodge an “Amen”–and add a few notes of commentary. First, please read this excerpt from Rachel Held Evans’ blog. I feel I could have […]

Monday, July 16th, 2012

The creolization of Christianity and the theory of evolution

NPR has a rather good article up called “Evangelicals Question The Existence Of Adam And Eve” (sic — what the heck is up with the indiscriminate capitalization?). It vividly showcases how the tide is (finally) starting to turn in this culture war for/against evolutionary theory. Peppered with quotes from several key people, including Dennis Venema, […]

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

David Bentley Hart on fortuitous effects of Christianity

What interests me—and what I take to be demonstrable and important—is the particular ensemble of moral and imaginative values engendered in numberless consciences by Christian beliefs. That such values had political and social consequences I certainly do not deny; I feel fairly safe in saying, for instance, that abolitionism—as a purely moral cause—could not easily […]

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Sympathy for the devil: the Christian legacy?

This week someone reminded me of the Amish school shooting: in 2006, milkman Charles Karl Roberts IV went into an Amish community and shot ten girls, killing five of them, and then turned the gun on himself. Here’s part of the Wikipedia article (as it currently stands) on the aftermath of that horrific event: On the […]

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Social justice and the state

I think it’s safe to say that this is one post that most of my liberal Christian friends won’t be sharing with their friends. I firmly believe that Christians should be preoccupied with the plight of the marginalized and the remediation of social injustice. I, too, have evolved considerably from my conservative Christian background and rejected […]

Monday, July 12th, 2010