God and Our Values

Some think that they can start with certain information about, and/or knowledge revealed by, God, and then proceed to extrapolate to key values. That those values end up resembling those of the individual and their culture is, we are reassured, entirely coincidental. I’d like to suggest that the process, whether admitted or not, is always [Read More...]

Trickster God

David Hayward shared the above cartoon, depicting a deity that sets a trap that leads to the downfall of the one who falls into it. There is a lot of Christian theology that mirrors what is depicted. And it deserves to be highlighted, talked about, and challenged by those who find it seriously problematic. [Read more...]

Theological Kobayashi Maru

Recently on the blog Unreasonable Faith, theological arguments were likened to the Kobayashi Maru scenario in Star Trek. For fans, it needs no explanation, but for others, it is a training simulation that is unwinnable. I wonder whether, like James T. Kirk, many of the folks discussing this at Unreasonable Faith (as well as many [Read More...]

Non-Human Theology

The Peanuts cartoon in yesterday’s paper featured Lucy expressing the view that “the theology is the same” for dogs as it is for humans. I’m less interested in the dog-related question at the moment as I am in other non-humans. Is theology the same for extraterrestrial sentient beings? For artificially intelligent machines? These are the [Read More...]

Panentheism and Pantheism

I had someone ask me recently if I was a pantheist. I assume it was because of something that I wrote which had not been read carefully. The model of the divine that I find most resonates with me is panentheism. Obviously there are a number of different ways that panentheism can be understood and [Read More...]

God the Father vs. The Godfather

The discussion of the way some envisage God as running a protection racket led commenter arcseconds to quip “Nice immortal soul you’ve got there. Pity if something were to happen to it.” I thought that deserved to be turned into a meme. Here are a few attempts. Feel free to do better, and if you [Read More...]

Princeton Theological Commons

Princeton Theological Seminary has made a large number of digitized volumes available online, in its Theological Commons. If you have never explored its holdings, I'd encourage you to click through and do so. While it obviously consists primarily of older materials, they are particularly useful ones for academics studying ancient religion or history, Biblical studies, [Read More...]

Free Will

I guess I just wasn’t predestined to be a Calvinist. It isn’t that I didn’t try. In my teens, I encountered some very staunch Calvinists who persuaded me that God didn’t simply foreknow everything, but foreordained it. Nothing was outside of God’s sovereignty, nor could anything thwart the divine will. But however much I thought [Read More...]

In Christ Alone

David French blogged about the Presbyterian Church USA removing the hymn “In Christ Alone” from its hymnal, because its authors refused a proposed change to the lyrics that did away with the notion of Christ’s death as satisfying God’s justice. It isn’t often that I agree with French, but I do when he writes: The [Read More...]

Bryan Bibb on Religious Studies, the Bible, and Liberal Education

Bryan Bibb has uploaded a talk he gave with the title “Why Are You Here? Religious Studies, The Bible, and Liberal Education” to Academia.edu. Those who teach Biblical studies as part of the Liberal Arts and/or their core curriculum, and who navigate the waters between religious studies and theology and between secular education and religious [Read More...]

Summer Tan Lines

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