Recommended Reading: July 12-18

Below are this week’s recommended blog posts from across the internet. As always, I hope that you find them interesting, informative, and thought-provoking. Best, JP If You Only Read One Article, Read A Proposal to Schedule Thought by Gregory Pine Theology and Religion Suffering and Death | A Christian Perspective by Ben Cabe Stanley HauerwasContinue reading “Recommended Reading: July 12-18”

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Luther on Secular Authority

Martin Luther No one even somewhat familiar with the life and work of Martin Luther would deny either that he wrote massive amounts of material over the course of his life or that he was extremely vitriolic and opinionated in some of these writings. For all of Luther’s famous reformation ideals and his seemingly deepContinue reading “Luther on Secular Authority”

The Catholic Reformation of the Individual

The sixteenth century was for Western Europe a time of much socio-theological consternation and change. Numerous theological reformations occurred (or sought to occur) in a variety of social contexts, for a plethora of reasons, and employing numerous methodologies. One such reformation was that of the institutional Catholic Church under the auspices of such leaders asContinue reading “The Catholic Reformation of the Individual”

Radical Reformers

Though hardly an accurate representation of the varieties and differences among the plethora of multiform reformation theologies and practices at work in Europe during the 16th century, the term “Radical Reformation” has long been used as a ‘catch-all’ phrase describing non-magisterial reformers such as Conrad Grebel, Michael Sattler, and Pilgrim Marpeck. In this paper weContinue reading “Radical Reformers”

Luther and Zwingli on the Lord’s Supper

It has been widely noted that few events in the history of the Christian Church have dramatically impacted the course of western culture and civilization as the Age of Theological Reformation in the 16th century. Within the myriad of events that transformed a relatively institutionally monolithic Catholic Church into a plethora of competing theological claims,Continue reading “Luther and Zwingli on the Lord’s Supper”

Book Review: Introduction to the History of Christianity (Dowley)

Writing history is something of a difficult task, in no small measure due to the incredible amount of information that historians must shift through and subsequently leave out when offering their account of the past. Even a rote retelling of a single day in the life of a human leaves out certain contexts and eventsContinue reading “Book Review: Introduction to the History of Christianity (Dowley)”

Recommended Reading: July 5 – 11

Below are this week’s suggested blog posts from across the internet. As always, I hope you find them interesting and enlightening. Cheers, JP If You Only Read One Article, Read A Bit of Religion Can Be Bad for Marriage by Charles Stokes, Amber Lapp, and David Lapp Theology and Religion The Future of Christians inContinue reading “Recommended Reading: July 5 – 11”

Church Search: Beginning the Second Phase

This post is part of our ongoing Church Search. For more information, please click here or visit the Church Search tab above. For the past year (with some interruptions), Hayley and I have been visiting different churches, some for only a week and others for more extended periods of time, as part of the “FirstContinue reading “Church Search: Beginning the Second Phase”

On Approaching Difficult Bible Passages

Nothing can be more frustrating (or worrisome) as reading something in the Bible and a) not understanding what is going on or b) finding some sort of apparent contradiction in the text. Below are some suggestions on how to best to approach and make sense of these difficult passages. 1. Context is key. Before tryingContinue reading “On Approaching Difficult Bible Passages”

God, Genocide, and Context

Several weeks ago I was chatting with some friends about the topic of God (Yahweh) in the Christian Old Testament. And, as is often the case, we ventured into the topic of whether or not Yahweh commanded genocide during the Old Testament period. While I am by no means an expert on this topic, IContinue reading “God, Genocide, and Context”