Justice and the demands of the law

Here’s a little thought experiment. Let’s say you heard tell of a ruler of a foreign country who decreed that all citizens of his country who broke even one of that country’s laws deserved to be, and henceforth would be, locked up and tortured for the rest of their lives. Additionally, he took the most […]

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Clash of Titans: Christianity vs. Dr. Mohler’s theology

The fireworks continue between BioLogos and the esteemed Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology and President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, God’s chosen Arbiter of Faithful Readings of the Scriptures, and official representative of the spirit of biblical interpretation on earth, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. The latter has responded to Karl Giberson’s […]

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Shortest commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism?

“Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” So begins the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Here’s George MacDonald: “For my part, I wish the spiritual engineers who constructed it had, after laying the grandest foundation-stone that truth could afford them, glorified God by going no further.”

Monday, August 16th, 2010

God’s love vs. God’s wrath; or, when a doctrine’s unpalatability suggests its reexamination

Michael Patton, a man I respect immensely, has just reminded his readers that, “The palatability of a doctrine does not determine its veracity.” This is a principle based in logic, of course. As a case in point (which was probably also his post’s inspiration), he brings up many Christians’ emphasis on the love of God […]

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Disputing Calvinism: vessels of temporary, conditional wrath?

I wanted to share this excellent article that answers, mostly via Scripture, many if not most of the arguments of Calvinism. In an admirable show of the author’s critical thinking, while he certainly rejects the Calvinist doctrine of election and predestination, he still refuses to embrace what he considers to be overwrought and unconvincing alternatives such as a […]

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Inerrantists who ignore Scripture: who killed biblical synergism?

One of Calvinists’ staple arguments in favor of monergism is the inference that positing God as relying, in some sense, upon our decision to participate in salvation is actually a demotion of God, a heinous and (usually) heretical inversion of man’s sovereignty over that of God’s. On Facebook today, a Calvinist posted the following statement: […]

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Baptism: taking Scripture and tradition seriously

Polycarp at The Church of Jesus Christ and I seem to be travelling the same paths lately (does this indicate that I’m finally a part of the Church of Jesus Christ? The U.S. branch, anyway?). He recently wrote a series of posts, some in depth and some quite short, regarding hell and universalism in Scripture […]

Monday, March 15th, 2010