Belief informs Behavior

Ben Irwin wrote recently on his blog: If your theology leads to behavior that is unloving or unkind, chances are there’s a problem with your theology. Belief informs behavior. Your actions are shaped in part by your theology. In which case, the ultimate test of any rule or doctrine is not, “Does it cohere intellectually?” but, “Does [Read More...]

Doubt, Theology, and Mountain-Climbing

  Peter Hess has published an essay in God and Nature magazine, in which he shares reflections on the task of theology which occurred to him as he climbed a mountain. Here’s a sample: There is no single right way to scale a mountain: on a team climbers are always in communication about route, equipment, [Read More...]

Answer to America’s Prayers

Both Hemant Mehta (who shared the above cartoon by James MacLeod) and Lauren Nelson blogged about the recent shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, and their sentiments were along similar lines. Prayer often emerges from a feeling of helplessness in the face of circumstances beyond our control. But prayers about shootings are like the person who prays not [Read More...]

The Importance of Theology and Science Fiction

This round-up of posts began when W. David O. Taylor shared his syllabus for an independent study about theology and science fiction. My own thoughts are turning to this very intersection of subjects, as one of my sabbatical projects is a short volume on theology and sci-fi. Then, Russell McCutcheon blogged about the AAR draft statement [Read More...]

Proof These Are The Last Days?

This came my way via Facebook, and I thought I would share it here. I appreciate the irony that, by speaking falsely about the Book of Revelation and other parts of the Bible, and consistently being wrong about the future, many of the end-times focused Christians do indeed seem to be fulfilling Biblical predictions about the Last Days… [Read more...]

Orthodox Alexithymia

Richard Beck wrote recently about a condition which he calls “orthodox alexithymia.” Here is a sample: Orthodox alexithymia is produced when the intellectual facets of Christian theology, in the pursuit of correct and right belief, become decoupled from emotion, empathy, and fellow-feeling. Orthodox alexithymics are like patients with ventromedial prefrontal cortex brain damage. Their reasoning [Read More...]

Science Fiction Theology

I am grateful to Baylor University Press for having sent me a complimentary copy of a book that I read prior to publication and provided a blurb for. The book is Science Fiction Theology: Beauty and the Transformation of the Sublime by Alan Gregory. Here is what I wrote, part of which became the blurb [Read More...]

Pun-al Substitution

Andrew Perriman blogged about the interaction between myself and Michael Bird about the penal substitution theory of the atonement. His reckoning suggests that the biggest difference between conservatives and liberals/progressives might be the willingness of the latter to make puns and other jokes about “penile substitution.” He may or may not be right. But in [Read More...]

Problems With Penal Substitution

DISAMBIGUATION: This blog post is not about penile substitution – for information on that topic, go here. Penal substitution is a phrase used to describe a particular view of the atonement, which says that Jesus took the place of the guilty in bearing God’s judgment due to them. Mike Bird (responding to William Walker) and Andrew Perriman (responding [Read More...]

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The Hand on the Mirror

I confess that when I was included in the book club discussing Janis Durham’s book The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death, I was not entirely enthusiastic. I had blogged about books about near-death experiences by Eben Alexander and Mary Neal, and they left me skeptical. I was delighted to [Read More...]


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