Top 10 Signs You’re a Fundamentalist Christian

I saw this on craigslist.com today, and thought I’d share it with the ‘nacle. Very funny. 10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours. (more…)

The Word We’re Looking For is “Rape.”

The GD lesson manual makes the following comment regarding the story of Amnon and Tamar: 2 Samuel 13 contains the story of David’s son Amnon and David’s daughter Tamar. Amnon was attracted to Tamar and forced her to commit fornication with him (p. 116) Forced her to commit fornication? (more…)

A hierarchy of scripture

A while ago, I wrote a post in which I speculated on how we rank the authority of our various sources of scripture. Serenity Valley’s recent post on Mormon Theology at By Common Consent reminded me of that post and, so, I wanted to re-post it so as to invite more comments. Please follow the link and comment on the original post. Thank you.

Book of Mormon: Blessings, Righteousness, and Evil

The two principal authors of the Book of Mormon, Nephi and Mormon, for the most part share a particular world-view. Both subscribe to the idea that the wicked are punished and the righteous prosper. This idea is so ingrained in the thinking of these two authors, that it forms the entire narrative framework of the Book of Mormon. Nephi’s description of the responsibilities his people bear in the Promised Land stand as a prophetic announcement, while Mormon chronicles the history... Read more

A Superior Sacrifice: Hebrews

The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews also approaches the reason for Christ in terms of his superiority to the law. The nature of this superiority, however, is radically different from that of the Fourth Gospel. (more…)

A Gift in Place of a Gift: the Fourth Gospel

The question of “why Christ” is neither obvious nor uninteresting. The lack of an answer that withstands the passage of time suggests that this information is not really a practical necessity. On the other hand, it is a good exercise in the importance of context, and particularly historical context, in theology and biblical studies. To the NT authors who wrote on this subject, the issue was usually framed against the requirements of their own age. Put bluntly, the law was... Read more

On mysteries and unknowables…

I recently had a very engaging discussion with a Mormon. The topic of mysteries of the gospel came up, and we mutually wondered just exactly what a mystery of the gospel might be. Is it a technical term for something more concrete or does it represent something abstract? (more…)

Who are the “spirits in prison?”

FaithHopeLove, who is more covert than emeritus these days, asked about the identity of the spirits in 1 Pet 3:18-20: 18 For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit. 19 In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, 20 who had once been disobedient while God patiently waited... Read more

Translating “666″

Well, it’s June 6, 2006. The rest of the world is running around trying to calculate the number of the beast, but I want to ask a different question. How do you translate this number into a language spoken by folks who use only the digits “one” and “two,” or perhaps just “one” and then an expression for “many?”

The Effects of the Christ-Event: Glorification

One of the most widely quoted verses in Paul’s letters is the condemnation of Rom 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Although we usually focus on the idea that all have sinned, the fact that all have sinned is simply what leads to the really bad news: we do not now enjoy the glory of God. In this post, the sixth in the series, we examine God’s restoration of man to glory as... Read more
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