Archives for Sep 13, 2010 @ 16:26

Will they fall apart?

Did you see this? Will they need to have a confessional booth too? What advice would you give to the students? Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will enact a week-long social media blackout for all students in residence. The students will be forbidden from using Twitter, Facebook, instant messaging and any other online communication except [Read More…]

What have we learned since 9/11?

Tim Dalrymple, at Patheos, has a post asking the question “What have we learned?” and I hope you can read it. Here’s a good observation and then a potent concluding clip: We stand before the ninth anniversary of a day in which three thousand Americans were slain by a hateful and bloodthirsty terrorist organization — [Read More…]

Apologetics in a Postmodern World 1

A friend of mine was working on some apologetic topics and told me what they were. My observation, which I only mentioned in passing, was that what he was most concerned about was not what bugged my students. That is, apologetics shifts and that means that each generation, and perhaps more than once during a generation, brings forth new issues that Christian apologetics needs to address.

By common consent we live in postmodernity and above all that means that “truth is stranger than it used to be.” That means that knowledge and truth have shifted from an empirical basis toward a more subjective orientation. The shift means there is less attention to the object and more on the subject.

This series will examine a new book edited by Dallas Willard, and we need sometimes to remember that he is a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. The book is called: A Place for Truth: Leading Thinkers Explore Life’s Hardest Questions. The book is a collection of lectures from the Veritas Forum that have been held in universities across the nation. It is really a splendid collection of topics, lecturers and lectures.

This series will take up their topics, summarize some of what the lecturers said, and then sometimes take issue with them in order to foster some conversation here about the topic itself. [Read more…]

A Question for The Gospel Coalition

There is an articulate, irenic post on the complementarian-egalitarian divide by Dan Springer, and this set of questions at the bottom of the post brings it to a head. I’m keen on hearing from Gospel Coalition folks and we promise civility. There is a trend today that concerns me: the incursion of non-gospel items into gospel essentials, and I’d like this post by Dan to springboard into that discussion in general.

The issue is simple: How close to the gospel is complementarianism? And I think it turns around too: How close is the gospel to egalitarianism?
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