Pilate and the modern Christian (Mondays with MacDonald)

“Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’” — John 18:38a Pilate thereupon—as would most Christians nowadays, instead of setting about being true—requests a definition of truth, a presentation to his intellect in set terms of what the word ‘truth’ means; but instantly, whether confident of the uselessness of the inquiry, or intending to resume it when […]

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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

The sin of mere belief

Faith is not belief, but a commitment to a belief (at least in its dullest form: for the Christian it should be a commitment to the Truth himself). Reason is for believing; faith is for living.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Jesus the Tanakh-thumper?

Would Jesus agree that the Bible should be our “infallible rule of faith and practice”?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Bible’s “Word of God” isn’t the Protestant’s “Word of God”

We’ve got to be careful when selecting the verses we’re going to allow as prooftexts that Jesus thought of the Bible (or the part of it that was available at the time) as “the Word of God” in the popular Protestant understanding of that term. One passage frequently brought up to demonstrate Jesus’ biblicism is […]

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Was Jesus an inerrantist?

People commonly appeal to Jesus’ words in the Gospels as authoritative evidence shoring up their beliefs about the inerrancy and authority of Scripture. If Jesus believed that the Bible was the Word of God, then he believed it was inerrant, and if he believed it was inerrant, it’s inerrant. Q.E.D. Right? I’m going to explore […]

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Why are you an inerrantist?

If I were to ask you why you believe in inerrancy, would you answer with any of the following? 1) The Bible affirms that it is inerrant. 2) It’s a logical inference from other things I believe (e.g. about God’s perfection). 3) Without a perfect record of divine revelation, anything goes. What’d be the point? […]

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012