From Dante to Dogma

The TOR website has posted an article by Brian Staveley, “Depicting the Divine in Epic Fantasy.” It explores the subject, focusing particular attention early on on Dante and on the movie Dogma. Dante is quoted in the article as saying, “The passing beyond humanity may not be set forth in words.” Yet, as Staveley notes, even [Read More...]

Worse Than Losing Your Faith?

The vigor with which some people defend their beliefs online – refusing to do basic research, offering completely unpersuasive off-the-cuff arguments, and denigrating their opponents – has long puzzled me. Losing your faith (or, if you are an atheist, losing your lack of faith) can seem like a terrifying prospect, to be avoided at all [Read More...]

The Dogmatic Young Theologian

And as Jesus was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I believe to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, [Read More...]

Conservative Evangelicalism and Academic Freedom

In a blog post today, Pete Enns asked whether an Evangelical institution of higher education can be truly academic and committed to academic freedom. It is an issue that has been garnering a lot of attention, particularly in connection with the administration at Emmanuel Seminary's effort to get Christopher Rollston to leave – a situation [Read More...]

Proverbs 3:5 – Fundamentalist Version

The thought struck me today that, since fundamentalism tends to be about having the right doctrines and the right understanding of them, it represents a reversal of the classic memory verse, Proverbs 3:5. The original reads (here in the New Living Translation), “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your [Read More...]

Review of Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma

My review of the book Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma by Riemer Roukema has been posted on the Review of Biblical Literature web site. [Read more...]

Quotes for Ascension Day

Since Dănuţ Mănăstireanu offered a reminder that it is ascension day, and Ken Brown linked to some of my older posts on the subject and offered some thoughts and reflections of his own, I think it will be enough just to share a couple of my favorite quotes from scholars that are particularly relevant today. [Read More...]


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