Book Review: Stanley Hauerwas on The Work of Theology

Stanley Hauerwas The Work of Theology Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at By Elizabeth Culhane* The latest offering from retired Duke professor Stanley Hauerwas, The Work of Theology, perhaps unintentionally verifies his conviction that “the work of theology is never done” (p. 265). With his characteristic mélange of Aristotelianism, Wittgensteinianism, and (Alasdair) MacIntyreism, [Read More…]

Christianophobia in Eastern Melbourne

Less than a week after police thwarted a plot by jihadists to attack St. Paul’s Cathedral and Federation square, we read Fairfax propaganda that the barbarians are again at the gate, preparing to destroy our civilization and our way of life. The ironic thing is that in this narrative the barbarians are Christians. The Age’s [Read More…]

Peter Leithart: How N.T. Wright Stole Christmas

An old but classic article by Peter Leithart from First Things, on How N.T. Wright Stole Christmas. Wright made me see the fairly radical difference in tone and content between Advent and Christmas hymns. Advent hymns, as you’d expect, are full of longing, and the language of the prophets. Advent hymns are about Israel’s desperations and [Read More…]

Things to Give you Christmas Cheer

First, a whole bunch of Eerdmans authors talk about their favourite Christmas Carol, with me trying to sing one! Second, here’s an old reflection from N.T. Wright on Christmas: Christmas is not about the living God coming to tell us everything’s all right. John’s Gospel isn’t about Jesus speaking the truth and everyone saying “Of [Read More…]

Win a Free Copy of An Anomalous Jew

Only two days left to enter the competition sponsored by Eerdmans to win a free copy of my book An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans. You gotta be in it to win it and entry is free! See here. [Read more…]

Coming in 2017 – Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology

Coming out in July 2017 from Eerdmans is: Adoptionism—the idea that Jesus is portrayed in the Bible as a human figure who was adopted as God’s son at his baptism or resurrection—has been commonly accepted in much recent scholarship as the earliest explanation of Jesus’s divine status. In this book, Michael Bird draws that view into question with a thorough [Read More…]

Book Notice: Introduction to World Christian History

Derek Cooper Introduction to World Christian History Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2016. Available at Reviewed by Felicity Clift It is difficult to think of Christianity aside from that which is set immediately before us historically, culturally, socially and personally, and it is into this circumscribe spiritual mentality that Derek Cooper’s book, Introduction to [Read More…]

PhD Scholarships at Ridley College

Ridley College is committed to growing leaders in Christian thought by mentoring emerging scholars in doctoral research and in teaching theology. Ridley College is pleased to announce three PhD scholarships with an annual $10,000 grant, which can be taken either as a stipend or as credit towards course fees (which covers 100% of fees for [Read More…]

Pseudepigraphy as a Non-Deceptive Fiction

I am currently reading up on the Pastorals and Pseudepigraphy, I find Armin Baum’s works very helpful here, in particular, Baum notes one interesting story that involves a transparent and non-deceptive fiction when it comes to authorship: In the fifth century, the presbyter Salvian of Marseille published one of his works under the title The [Read More…]

Book Notice: Bavinck on The Riddle of Life

Hermann Bavinck translated by Bert Hielema The Riddle of Life Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at By Felicity Clift One hundred and two pages hardly seem adequate to explain all of life’s mysteries, and yet this is exactly what J. H. Bavinck has attempted to do in The Riddle of Life. In this [Read More…]

My Newest Book In Production

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Reprieve for Incursions into Religions Freedom in Victoria … For Now

In the Australian state of Victoria (or the Socialist Republic of Victoria as its more fondly known in the current climate), the incumbent Labour Government has been defeated in the state legislative council with proposed laws which would inhibit houses of worship, schools, and charities from operating according to their faith, soundly defeated. There is [Read More…]

My Interview with Timothy George on the Beeson Podcast

At the ETS meeting in San Antonio, I was interviewed by Timothy George for the Beeson Podcast. It was a great time, Dr. Timothy George is my favourite Southern Baptist, I was very honored to be able to sit down and chat with Timothy about things I’ve been up to. I told a bit of [Read More…]

The Passing of Thomas Oden (1931-2016)

I just heard the news that American Methodist Theologian Thomas C. Oden has passed away. Oden was a former liberal who turned “orthodox” after discovering the church fathers. He was deep in liberalism, writing his dissertation on Freud and Bultmann – kerygma and counselling. But the church fathers turned him towards the light of the [Read More…]

Why Being a Woman in Seminary is Worth the Work

Over at CT, is an encouraging article by Marybeth Davis Baggett on Why Being a Woman in Seminary is Worth the Work, basically outlining why women should go to seminary, what they can get out of it, and how they can be enriched by it. Loved her conclusion: Christian women—no less than men—are legatees of [Read More…]