Book Review: The Institutes of Christian Religion (John Calvin)

In The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 16th century theologian John Calvin presented the systematic explanation of his reformation theology. In this modern edition, editors Tony Lane and Hilary Osborne seek to re-present Calvin’s Institutes in an easy-to-access book for non-specialist readers (Baker Book House: Grand Rapids, 1995.). In redacting portions of Calvin’s extensive work,Continue reading “Book Review: The Institutes of Christian Religion (John Calvin)”

Recommended Reading: May 3-9

At the end of every week several recommended blog posts from around the internet will be posted at Pursuing Veritas. This links are designed to stimulate reflection and discussion. There will be an “If You Only Read One” suggestion, as well as five links each for the categories of “Theology and Religion”, “Biblical Studies andContinue reading “Recommended Reading: May 3-9”

Five Things Everyone Should Know About the New Testament Canon

Most Christians, and I would dare say most Americans, know some basic things about the Christian New Testament. But many people don’t know (or don’t want to know) how the New Testament came into being. Some people seem to think that Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation fell from the sky in a nicely leather boundContinue reading “Five Things Everyone Should Know About the New Testament Canon”

Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Bible

The Christian Bible remains the most influential written work of Western Civilization, influencing language, government, economics, social groups, institutions, and culture. While many people own a Bible and some even read it on occasion, there are some things that you should know about the Bible that you might not have heard before. (1) The writingsContinue reading “Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Bible”

C. S. Lewis, Myth, and Fact

Most people do not like being told that they are wrong. This is especially true when it comes to politics or religious faith. Interestingly, a number of pundits and scholars have taken to calling religious faith “myth” in recent years, especially religious faith that for many adherents hinges upon certain events that claim to beContinue reading “C. S. Lewis, Myth, and Fact”

On Launching a New Blog

This week marks two momentous occasions: first, the completion of my Master of Arts degree from Wake Forest University. And second, the launching of this new blog, Pursuing Veritas. Pursuing Veritas is a blog dedicated to reflecting upon theological, historical, and cultural topics from the perspective of a follower of Jesus Christ who lives inContinue reading “On Launching a New Blog”

Bible Translations, Not Inspired

Occasionally I will run into someone who holds and unusually “high” view of a certain translation of the Bible. The most notable (or notorious, depending on your position) are those people who subscribe to the “King James Only” position. But there are also people I have met who argue for the supremacy of the RevisedContinue reading “Bible Translations, Not Inspired”

Book Review: Lost Scriptures (Bart Ehrman)

In Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It Into The New Testament (OUP, 2003) New Testament scholar and textual critic Bart D. Ehrman compiles a translation and brief introduction to forty-seven writings of the Jesus Movement and Early Christian Church. Providing the scholar and student easy to understand and accurate English translations of theseContinue reading “Book Review: Lost Scriptures (Bart Ehrman)”