Category: Speculative Theology

Bible, Christianity, Speculative Theology

Bruce Charlton and John’s Gospel

Over the past few months, Bruce Charlton has been reading John’s Gospel exclusively in order to better understand the meaning of Jesus. He’s come to some startling conclusions. He compiled them all here. In his final post reporting on this process, he made these observations: I regard the Fourth Gospel as chronologically the first, and …

Metaphysics, Bible, Dialectic, Christianity, Philosophy, Speculative Theology

On the Importance of Philosophical Reasoning for Biblical Exegesis: Edward Feser and Romans 1:18-23

Introduction In my mind, the ability to engage in philosophical reasoning in order to tease out the implications of particular interpretations of the Bible and other truths is indispensable for reading the Bible and teaching it to others. Example Edward Feser, in a post titled, “Repressed Knowledge of God?” comments that the common interpretation of Romans …

Christianity, Speculative Theology

Why is Covetousness Idolatry?

In Colossians 3:5, Paul equates covetousness with idolatry: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5) Why? Well, in Genesis 1:29, man is given explicit permission to eat any plant. In Genesis 2:16-17, God forbids consuming one fruit (incidentally, the eating of animals is …