Tag: theology

Christianity, Spiritual Life

On the power and perils of free-will

You probably have a lot of excuses. I do. Sometimes science gives evidence to support them. Especially when it allegedly contradicts free will. But you do have free-will. This means that your character is your fault and you have to deal with it. Origen, an ancient theologian, thought that since God had offered the grace …

Autobiography, Book-Review, Culture, Philosophy

Hedonism, Love, and Goodness

The things that shape who we are and how we think are pluriform and sometimes mysterious. This is especially so in the age of the internet stuff that may disappear forever after you read it. Every once in a while, the Internet sends it back to you. Around 2008-2009, I was quite depressed. And while …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Sola Scriptura

Edward Feser has three posts on the Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura (only the Bible) over at his blog. Here is Feser’s summary of a summary of the Jesuit critique of sola scriptura: You’ll recall that the early Jesuit critique of sola scriptura cited by Feyerabend maintains that (a) scripture alone can never tell you what counts as …

Metaphysics, Christianity, Philosophy

Thoughts on Theodicy

One of the most famous reasons to reject the existence of God is the existence of evil. Either evil or God can exist, not both. The dilemma relies on the supposition that these three propositions cannot all be true at once God is all good. God is all powerful. Evil exists. In modern atheist rhetoric, the …

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 …

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Mike Bird, Evangelical Theology, and the Sermon on the Mount

There are a lot of things Christians “need to know.” For some it’s predestination, for others, the age of the earth, or the order of end times events. In reality, the core of theology is simpler than that.Mike Bird in his, Evangelical Theology reminds us of the test for Christian theology: The Sermon on the …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Why I am no longer a Calvinist

I used to be a Calvinist. I’ve since slowly drifted away from that point of view. A few years ago I wrote about why. Below I’ve simplified/clarified those reasons. I know how complicated these debates get, and we see through a glass darkly. Our understanding of time, determinism, human will and consciousness, moral goodness, the …

Bible, Christianity, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Trinity Sunday: Wesley on the Trinity

Today I taught a brief Sunday school lesson on the doctrine of the Trinity. It got me to thinking about this sermon by Wesley: On The Trinity. Here are some selections and my annotations: Hence, we cannot but infer, that there are ten thousand mistakes which may consist with real religion; with regard to which …

Christianity

A Reconsideration of God’s Impassibility

When I was in seminary, I abandoned the doctrine of divine impassibility. For readers who do not know, divine impassibility is the doctrine that God is not affected by creation. It sounds weird at first because in the Bible, God answers prayer, gets involved with Israel, and shows wrath against sin. The reason this doctrine was …

Christianity

Interesting Insight from Charles Finney on Justification

In the lecture on justification in his Lectures on Systematic Theology Charles Finney uses the distinction between legislative, judicial, and executive functions of government to consider the doctrine of justification: Justification is the pronouncing of one just. It may be done in words, or, practically, by treatment. Justification must be, in some sense, a governmental act; …