God Doesn’t Suffer, So Why Should We?

In my Sunday school class last weekend, the discussion quickly moved from a discussion of the atonement to a specific focus on whether God suffers or can suffer. A number of interesting observations were made, but one seemed particularly worth sharing. Following a discussion of why some consider it better to be above suffering (and [Read More...]

Time and Eternity in 20th Century Theology – and Doctor Who

TheologyGrams shared this gem: I shared another Doctor Who-related diagram from that blog once before. There are several other wonderful items that have since appeared there, and so here are a couple more: Apophatic Theology Explained: How to work out where Mark’s Gospel ends: [Read more...]

Why Panentheism?

Here’s another answer to a question that I offered in a Facebook discussion, which I thought might be worth sharing here. It was an explanation of why I find the language of panentheism helpful. I don’t know that I, from my own human perspective, can sort out where Nature ends, or where God ends, or [Read More...]

Christianity Means Not Knowing All The Answers

Kathy Vestal wrote an interesting post with this title at Red Letter Christians. Here is a taste: [W]e forget our place before God. We twist our religion to be about knowledge. We contrive and memorize “facts” about God, dividing ourselves from those who understand differently, making God into our image rather than us in God’s, [Read More...]

Beyond the Box

This is the latest cartoon from David Hayward. Words are boxes. The great mystics and theologians of most religious traditions have always sooner or later reached the point of treating language not as a box to encompass and describe the divine, but as mere boxes used to point towards a reality that they cannot ever [Read More...]

Tension Between Author Name and Article Title

I had to share this. Sometimes there are amusing convergences between a person’s name and their job – as when Sorin Frunzăverde was appointed as the Romanian Minister for the Environment. His last name is an exact equivalent of the English “Greenleaf.” Well, today a student cited an article with the title “Navigating “Deuteronomistic History” as [Read More...]

George B. Caird New Testament Theology Lectures

Matthew Montonini and Mark Goodacre have kindly made available a series of lectures on New Testament theology by renowned New Testament scholar George Caird, which Jeffrey Gibson had in his possession and has made available. Matthew has an organized index of the files, and you can also access the directory with the (as yet unlabeled and unsorted) [Read More...]

Kept Apart by Theology

I'm certain that not all real-life situations mirror David Hayward's cartoon that I've shared above. Sometimes people eagerly put their theologies out in front of them to keep others away. But it is particularly tragic when people have the natural, positive sense that they ought to connect with other people, but are persuaded that their [Read More...]

Beyond What Human Thought Can Encompass

Another insightful and challenging cartoon from David Hayward. [Read more...]

God and Doctor Who with James McGrath

Ben Howard has posted an interview I did with him and his co-host for their On Pop Theology podcast. Click through to listen and enjoy the conversation! [Read more...]

Graphing a Problem

David Hayward’s cartoon could be about the Book of Job or the recent act by terrorists in Boston. Indeed, we could plot both on the graph. Does correlation indicate causation in this case? Certainly, if more intense suffering is a problem for a monotheistic worldview and so brings out more inane theological utterances, those utterances [Read More...]


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