Rethinking Vinegrowers and Violence (Part One)

Luise Schottroff, in her work The Parables of Jesus (Trans. Linda M. Maloney. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006.) writes that the parables of Jesus of Nazareth contain a wealth of information concerning the meaning of his proclamation and vision, information that has historically been both influential and misunderstood (1). In as much as there are asContinue reading “Rethinking Vinegrowers and Violence (Part One)”

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Book Review: Catholic Bible Dictionary (Ed. Hahn)

In an age of competing “internet histories” and lists of “ten things you need to know about this”, where the first page of Google and a Wikipedia entry are often marshaled as appropriate evidence for engaging important issues, access to serious resources serves an important role in properly understanding and interpreting our world. This isContinue reading “Book Review: Catholic Bible Dictionary (Ed. Hahn)”

Recommended Reading: September 20-26

If you only read one article this week, engage Birth of a New World by John Garth Of course, if you’ve got more time, there were plenty of other worth things to read this week (and late last week). May you find these suggestions as interesting and informing as I did. And, as always, ifContinue reading “Recommended Reading: September 20-26”

In the Mail: September 26

A few days ago, my mail contained one of my favorite things: a box full of books! The good folks of the Baker Publishing Group were kind enough to send me three of their latest books to review:Andrew B. McGowan’s Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective; the second editionContinue reading “In the Mail: September 26”

Planet Narnia: Part Two

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. My previous post introduced Michael Ward’s Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis,[1] in which he argues that the medieval conception of the Seven Heavens serves as the basis for the seven Chronicles of Narnia, with Lewis using the characteristic ethos of eachContinue reading “Planet Narnia: Part Two”

Planet Narnia: Part One

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. Some of my favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. While Lewis’s tales of the adventures of the Pevensie children (and later Eustace and Polly) in the land of Narnia are for many little more than entertaining children’s books, I find myself returning toContinue reading “Planet Narnia: Part One”

Luther and Erasmus: Conclusions

This is the final post in our series comparing Martin Luther and Erasmus of Rotterdam’s perspectives on scripture, canon, and authority during the Age of Theological Reformations. Having examined Luther and Erasmus’ perspectives on scripture, canon, and authority, especially within the context of their debate concerning the relationship of the divine and human wills, weContinue reading “Luther and Erasmus: Conclusions”

Book Review: NIV College Devotional Bible (Zondervan)

College students are busy, with class, homework, living on their own, a social life, and (often) work vying for their time. Amidst this busyness, it’s relatively easy to neglect the more important things in life, like reading your Bible. To help address this problem, Zondervan has released the New International Version College Devotional Bible. TheContinue reading “Book Review: NIV College Devotional Bible (Zondervan)”

Recommended Reading: September 13-19

If you only read one article this week, engage #WeAreN by Andrew Damick. If you found that interesting and insightful, check out our other recommendations from this week (and late last week; thus is the life of a PhD student). And as always, if you think there’s something else I should be reading, let meContinue reading “Recommended Reading: September 13-19”

Luther and Erasmus: Luther on Scripture, Canon, and Authority

This post is part of our ongoing series comparing Martin Luther and Erasmus of Rotterdam’s perspectives on scripture, canon, and authority during the Age of Theological Reformations. Written as a response to Erasmus’ De Libero Abitrio Diatribe Seu Collatio, in which Erasmus critiqued Luther’s position on “absolute necessity” of the human will, Luther’s De ServoContinue reading “Luther and Erasmus: Luther on Scripture, Canon, and Authority”