Moral outrage and other ways to “win” arguments

If you’d like to read a fascinating critique of penal substitutionary atonement theory, I heartily recommend you read through Michael Hardin’s comments on this recent post by Scot McKnight. However, if you’d like to observe some commonly employed tactics used to avoid substantive critique of one’s position, I invite you to read Scot’s post, itself. [Read More...]

For the record, I am NOT Kevin A. Miller

THIS is Kevin A. Miller. And if you’re like me, you probably had to do a double take to make sure it wasn’t Tony Robbins. This is the first time I’ve had to make this distinction, due to the critique Kevin wrote of Brian McLaren, Rob Bell and Donald Miller. However, it makes me chuckle [Read More...]

A few thoughts on fundamentalism

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about fundamentalism in preparation for an upcoming project I’d like to do on Rene Girard’s mimetic theory. As part of the development process, I’ve been doing a series of presentations to help me workshop the material. I’ve never approached a documentary project in this way before. However, I’m finding [Read More...]

Christ or antichrist?

Back in January 2011 when I first embarked on Hellbound?, I had no idea how deeply political the idea of hell could be. For me, the film was more of a personal journey, my attempt to grapple with a concept that had both repelled and fascinated me throughout my life as a Christian. As I’ve [Read More...]

Six suggestions for would-be critics of Universalism

These all come from David Congdon’s excellent response to Calvin College professor James K. A. Smith’s critique of the new universalism: Lay bare your hermeneutical presuppositions. When you confront the conflict between universalist and dualist texts in scripture, what drives your interpretive conclusions? Explain the relation between Christ and salvation. Is there a difference between [Read More...]

Is Universalism the new Annihilationism?

Thanks to a prod from Graham Ware, I’m currently reading Clark. H. Pinnock’s excellent essay The Destruction of the Finally Impenitent. Published in 1990, Pinnock’s essay critiques the “traditional” doctrine of hell as eternal torment for the wicked and argues for the (then) radical notion of Annihilationism–the belief that the “impenitent wicked suffer extinction and [Read More...]


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