Putting words in God’s mouth

I was recently warned about the danger and “arrogance” of judging certain portions of Scripture to be erroneous, particularly in regard to a theological claim made in the Old Testament (the death of Uzzah in 2 Sam 6.7 and 1 Chron 13.10): “In so doing,” said my conversant, “we set ourselves above the Bible and […]

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Lewis agreed with me about the Canaanite genocides. Smart fella!

All flaws duly acknowledged, I still loves me some C.S. Lewis. He is the reason I am where I am today (whether that’s credit or blame is up to you to decide, of course!). His thoughts here have been articulated time and again on my blog in my words, but I am glad to present […]

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Sinners in the hands of a ____ God

In the next few posts, I’ll be discussing my views on sin and God’s reaction to it. But first it’s necessary to define it. When we talk about sin, what do we mean? Can “sin” be defined as a mistake or error in judgment? That is what politicians admit to when they perpetrate white-collar crimes, […]

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

MacDonald’s complete works on Kindle for under $2

You all know how much I love George MacDonald’s theological writings, but that’s not how I first became acquainted with him. In his day he was much better known for his works of fiction. He is now noted especially for his faerie stories (precursors to fantasy), including Phantastes, which C.S. Lewis credited with laying the groundwork for […]

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Which way is home? Hell, the will of man, and the intentions of God

You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you. ~ St. Augustine There are profound theological implications for one’s understanding of the fate of sinners depending on whether one believes Augustine’s words. Was Augustine correct? Much of the church’s soteriology in the last several centuries has taken […]

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Uncertainty is an eleven-letter word

This is a post in response to a blog that does not allow comments. I’d have preferred to have this discussion over there, but here we are. Over at The Boar’s Head Tavern, the Fearsome Tycoon attempts to apply an argumentum ad consequentiam in reductio ad absurdum’s clothing to a statement in my last post on […]

Friday, May 20th, 2011

A corollary to Godwin’s Law and problematic conceptions of justice

I am more convinced than ever that many Christians suffer from a massive misunderstanding of the nature of justice. Now for the record, I’m no Rob Bell groupie (I’ve never read anything he’s written), and I certainly don’t intend to critique any and every critique of him or his ideas. Nor do I intend this […]

Friday, April 22nd, 2011