“Professor Shocked, Shocked To Find Out Prominent Nazi Was An Anti-Semite”

I apologize for the snarky headline, but sometimes it can't be helped. The chair of Germany's Martin Heidegger Society resigned in genuine horror after some of Heidegger's private papers were released and showed that, surprise, surprise, he was an anti-semite.The immense awkwardness that is Heidegger's Nazi affiliation is always quite a thing to behold. The simple fact of the matter is that, in terms of influence and also perhaps quality, Heidegger is a giant of 20th century philosophy, and o … [Read more...]

Marian Devotion As The Best Christian Answer To Modernity

In, I think, Atheist Delusions (my review here) David Bentley Hart makes the following argument: that all the destructive modern ideologies have one thing in common: that they view human nature as a technology that we can, and ought to, modify in order to bring about utopia. To Marxism, humanity is a social technology; to Nazism and eugenicism humanity is a racial/genetic technology; to hypercapitalism, man is a homo oeconomicus; transhumanism straightforwardly admits this (and read Hart on The A … [Read more...]

Penal Substitutionary Atonement And Covenant Curses

This morning I woke up thinking about that podcast I did on the theory of penal substitutionary atonement (I don't know how my family puts up with me).One point that was raised to me (I think by Derek) was that the Bible is very clear that there are covenant curses that accompany covenant breach, and that you can't evacuate PSA without also evacuating those verses. In the heat of the moment, I sort of brushed that aside because I wanted to gesture towards a broader point about Biblical her … [Read more...]

If Your Biblical Theology Contradicts Dogmatic Theology, It’s Bad Biblical Theology

One frustrating aspect of theological discussion is the opposition that we too often find between dogmatic theology and biblical theology. In some quarters, the legitimacy of dogmatic theology is often questioned, with some equating dogmatic theology with philosophical theology, or even philosophy period, and wanting to "subsume" it to biblical theology. I was reminded of it by Wesley Hill's defense of the venerable doctrine of impassibility.But here's the thing: dogmatic theology is not a th … [Read more...]

Me, Elsewhere

Time for your not-really-weekly roundup of my non-Patheos writing! Remember, if you want to keep abreast of all my English-language writing as it appears, you should like my Facebook Page.Will 2015 be the year the media turns against Pope Francis, The Week. Of obvious interest to this crowd.The Catholic revival starting in France, The Week. I have been to the mountaintop! Maybe.Be Charlie Hebdo, but don't ignore Boko Haram's atrocities, The Week.The real story behind … [Read more...]