Recommended Readings: January 10-16

Baptism of Jesus MuralIf you read one article this week, make it Owning Our Baptism by George Weigel.

For those of you with a bit more time on your hands, consider perusing the suggestions below from this past week. As always, if you think there’s something I should be reading, please let me know in the comments section below. Continue reading

Recommended Readings: January 3-9

journey-to-bethlehemIf you read one article this week, make it The Gospel According to Steve Martin by Mark Shea.

If you have time to peruse additional readings, consider the follow selections. As always, if you think there’s anything I should have read this past week (or should be reading regularly), please let me know in the comments below. Continue reading

Recommended Reading: October 18-24

EyesIf you only engage one article this week, read Culture War, Spiritual War by Peter Leithart

If you have time for some additional reading, be sure to check out the suggestions below.

Theology and Religion

Biblical Catholicism: Battling Newman’s Ghost by Fr. Jonathan

“He Wept Tears of Blood” by E. J. Hutchinson

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups by Pew Research

An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed by George Weigel

No One Expects the Secular Inquisition by Robert Tracinski

Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity

Simon Gathercole on the canonical and non-canonilcal Gospels by Steve Walton

Keeping Torah by Peter Leithart

More on “Labels” and Scholarship by Larry Hurtado

Socio-Economics in First Century Galilee by Phillip Long

Review: Peter’s Enns’s “The Bible Tells Me So” by Michael Kruger

Worldviews and Culture

Socrates and the Un-Willed Life by Eva Brann

A Tale of Targeting by Robert O. Lopez

Good News for the Naked Public University by Robert Osburn

Notes of Silence by Jeff Reid

Transgender, Therian & Transchon? by Mark Tooley

Recommended Reading: October 11-17

If you’re not like me and have time to read some articles this weekend, check out the selection below.

Theology and Religion

Tips for Discerning Religions by David Inczauskis

Left Behind Theology and Atheism: Two Sides of the Same Coin by George Aldhizer

Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill Church by Warren Throckmorton

Pagans and Christians by Ross Douthat

Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity

Four Reasons Why Early Christianity Grew So Quickly by Seraphim Danckaert

The Myth of the Apothatic Areopagite by Stephen Webb

Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself by Frank Viola

Scholarship and “Political/Theological” Labels by Larry Hurtado

Miracles and History by Phillip Long

Worldviews and Culture

Virgil: Forgotten Founding Father by Bradley Birzer

A Reform to Fix the Biggest Problem with American Capitalism by Pascal-Emmanual Gobry

Majoring in Fear by Mark Shiffman

The Bible In American Life

Not too long ago, a report titled “The Bible in American Life” was released by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Based on a nation-wide survey on Bible use and knowledge, this report found a number of things, some of the most interesting being:

— About 50% of Americans read “scripture” at any point during the last year; 48% of Americans read the Bible at some point last year
— 9% of American read their Bibles daily
— The King James Bible is the most popular English Bible translation by far
— The favorite passage among Bible readers is Psalm 23 followed by John 3:16
— Less than half of those reading the Bible sought help in understanding it
— 31% of those reading the Bible did so on the internet; 22% used devices of some sort
— Generally, Protestants read their Bibles more than Catholics, and (theologically) conservative Protestants more than liberal Protestants Continue reading

Reflections on the Present Age

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post.

from the blog www.stuckincustoms.comSome authors make a lasting impression on one’s mind, for good or for bad. For me, one such writer is Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55), whom I first engaged while an undergraduate at Valparaiso University. While reading Kierkegaard, one cannot help but be flummoxed by large portions of his prose—there’s simply too much there to engage in its fullness. You are like a kindergartener, who is desperately trying to make sense of a chalkboard filled with Einstein’s equations but helpless to do so. But—and this is the glory of Kierkegaard—amidst the haze, one finds moments of brilliant sunshine. An image or idea breaks through the swirling clouds and, suddenly, it makes sense. For moments such as these, I find myself returning to Kierkegaard again and again. Continue reading

Recommended Reading: October 4-10

Sacred ScriptureIf you only read one article this week, engage The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Leithart

If you’ve got time for more reading, check out the suggestions below. And, as always, if you think there’s something else that I should be reading, comment below.

Theology and Religion

On Being Right or Wrong by John Walton

“Options” for Cultural Engagement by Dale Coulter

Are All Ideologies Evil? by Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg

Franky Schaeffer and Russell Moore on Religious Liberty by Mark Tooley

Diversity as a Slogan and Reality by Mark Regnerus

Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity

Parables and the Historical Jesus by Phillip Long

New Testament Texts in the Cairo Genizah by Larry Hurtado

Kruger, Canon, and Catholicism by Soul Device

The Skeptic and the Text by Donald Williams

Observations on “Hearing” Mark by Mike Skinner

Worldviews and Culture

Forget the War on Christmas, the War on Advent is Worse by Mollie Hemingway

Lecrae: “Christians Have Prostituted Art to Give Answers” by Emma Green

Furgeson’s Unasked Questions by Heather McDonald

Christians, Libertarians, and Ayn Rand by Heather Wilhelm

Ebola and Obama by Thomas Sowell

Living Conciliarly

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”–Stephen R. Covey

Conciliar PostI have forgotten where I first saw that quote, but I do remember that I was immediately impressed with its accurate assessment of contemporary culture and discourse. How often do we listen, discuss, or read with the intention of learning? How much worse do those skills become once we’ve opened our web browser and entered the world of 140 character Twitter interaction, sound-bite news, rhetoric-oriented politics, #hashtagactivism, internet forums, Facebook statuses, and polarizing worldviews? In my assessment, Covey is right–today, people don’t seriously, thoughtfully, and civilly dialogue, we have it out in the comments section, we engage so that we may “show” people where they are wrong. Does it really have to be this way? Continue reading