DBH and the necessity of universalism

As happens with many of us who begin to see the rationale behind universalism, David Bentley Hart has lately been introducing apokatastatis into more big picture discussions of Christian doctrine. For instance, yesterday at the Creation Out of Nothing: Origins and Contemporary Significance conference at Notre Dame, Hart gave a talk that began with creation ex nihilo particularly in regard to the problem of evil, […]

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

How I’ve changed

In response to my last post in which I complained about not having an easy way of annotating my changes in views over the years I’ve been writing this blog, Nick B. asked a very reasonable question that, in answering, will provide an immediate (though temporary) solution. He asked me to mention a few subjects […]

Friday, April 29th, 2011

“We might not like it, but it’s in the Bible, so…”

I’m very much disturbed to see how often it is that Christians are so devoutly interested in upholding their scriptures that they don’t mind if either God or neighbor gets black and blue in the process. The trick to being an evangelical these days seems to be the willingness to maintain that evil is not […]

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The Human Faces of God: apocalyptic contortions (part 2)

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 8: “Jesus Was Wrong” (part 2) As a preterist with a fully “realized eschatology”, I had no trouble with most of the discussion in the first part of my […]

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Human Faces of God: apocalyptic contortions (part 1)

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 8: “Jesus Was Wrong” (part 1) I am a full-on, unapologetic non-inerrantist, and I was before reading this book. I have long maintained that the Bible is made […]

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The Human Faces of God: the dubious hermeneutics of inerrancy

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 2: “Inerrantists Do Not Exist” In an entertainingly rhetorical style, Stark spends the first part of this chapter defending its title. For the purposes of that argument, […]

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Collective or individual reward? Adventures in NT Greek

One of the things you have to get used to when studying another language academically is the sometimes bewildering number of modifiers placed on nominal cases, which themselves may be overwhelming in their own right. Not only must you learn to distinguish the accusative from the dative, and the dative from the genitive (etc.), but […]

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010