Papa, you reign above all creation, you are beyond my capacity to approach. Let your power and reign come into our world, into our lives; let your plan and desires become our plans and desires; let our world become as good, true, and beautiful as your paradise. Bless us beyond our wildest imaginations, Papa; giveContinue reading “A Prayer”
Did God command Israel to commit atrocities when conquering the Promised Land? Does He approve when people go to war in His name? Is the God of the Old Testament truly a homicidal maniac, as some have said? In The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence, Matthew Curtis Fleischer tackles these questions—and much more—with a thoroughContinue reading “Book Review: The Old Testament Case for Nonviolence (Fleischer)”
This episode of the Church Debates series concludes our discussion of Predestination and Freewill by looking at the topics of Theological Anthropology and Biblical Studies.
This episode of the Church Debates series examines the debate between Augustine and Pelagius on the questions of predestination and freewill.
The past several weeks of the Church Debates podcast have been wrestling with the Christological Controversies. This episode wraps up the ancient ecumenical councils by looking at the Council of Chalcedon and the doctrine of the Trinity.
This was unexpected. For weeks, pundits were talking about the flexibility of polling (it looks like the major polls were ~3-4% points off) and the unknowability of the “Silent Trump vote” which came out en masse yesterday. This was yet another election where the experts were off in their predictions enough that it mattered inContinue reading “Some Post-Election Reflections”
Between the Council of Nicaea (325 AD) and the Council of Chalcedon (451 AD), many controversies erupted from the Alexandrian and Antiochene positions on the person of Christ. The Council of Constantinople (381 AD) condemned the belief of Apollinarius that Christ only had one will, that of the divine. While the Church believed that ChristContinue reading “God Made Man (Part II)”
C. S. Lewis once said that if the incarnation happened, “it was the central event in the history of the earth.” What is the incarnation? And why has it been such an important area of theological consideration since the earliest days of Christianity? The term ‘incarnation’ may be defined as “a person who embodies inContinue reading “God Made Man (Part I)”
This episode continues the Church Debates series, discussing how early Christians talked about encountering God and the challenge of Gnosticism.
The proper relationship between the authority of Christian Scripture and authority of Christian Tradition avails itself to no easy answers. From a historical viewpoint, much of the early development of both remains hotly debated. From a theological perspective, centuries (and sometimes millennia) old debates continue to shape thinking and lead toward answers long before anyContinue reading “On the Misuse of Christian Tradition: A Response”