Mondays with MacDonald (on God’s primary relation to humanity)

‘Is God then not my Father,’ cries the heart of the child, ‘that I need to be adopted by him? Adoption! that can never satisfy me. Who is my father? Am I not his to begin with? Is God not my very own Father? Is he my Father only in a sort or fashion—by a […]

Monday, July 25th, 2011

God’s Awful Mistake

I’ve recently had the chance to introduce my children to a book I loved as a kid: it’s called Henry’s Awful Mistake, by Robert Quackenbush. Here’s how it begins: “The day Henry the Duck asked his friend Clara over for supper, he found an ant in the kitchen. The ant would have to go. Henry […]

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Mondays with MacDonald (on inadequate models of God as Father)

There may be among my readers—alas for such!—to whom the word Father brings no cheer, no dawn, in whose heart it rouses no tremble of even a vanished emotion. It is hardly likely to be their fault. For though as children we seldom love up to the mark of reason; though we often offend; and […]

Monday, June 20th, 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

Engaging Olson on the objective theories of the Atonement

I thought I was done posting about this subject for a while, but apparently I’m not the only one thinking about this! The following comes from Roger Olson, someone whose views I often find quite compelling. What does he think about the atonement? …I do think denial of any objective-transactional aspect of the atonement is […]

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Mondays with MacDonald (on God’s responsibility to humanity)

It is terrible to represent God as unrelated to us in the way of appeal to his righteousness. How should he be righteous without owing us anything? How would there be any right for the judge of all the earth to do if he owed nothing? Verily he owes us nothing that he does not […]

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

“God does not take away life”: a case of confirmation bias?

To get much out of this post, you need to read or already be familiar with the following story from 2 Samuel 14.1-14: Now Joab son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s mind was on Absalom. Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman. He said to her, ‘Pretend to be in mourning; […]

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010