Archives for Sep 7, 2011 @ 13:22

Atheism in England

Jonathan Wynne-Jones reports on Archbishop Rowan Williams’ plea to take it more directly to the new atheists: Clergy are to be urged to be more vocal in countering the arguments put forward by a more hard-line group of atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who have campaigned for a less tolerant attitude towards [Read More…]

Russ Reno, at First Things, on Cosmopolitan Conservatives

First Things: Has American liberalism lost its capacity to govern? I’m afraid so. Liberals can still win elections and propose realistic policies. But as a culture, liberalism has become insular and narrow-minded. It lacks the capacity for the generous appreciation of other points of view needed in a pluralistic society. That capacity is more likely [Read More…]

Two Smacks Max 2

William Webb, in his newest book, Corporal Punishment in the Bible: A Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic for Troubling Texts, examines what might be called the traditional view of spanking among evangelical Christians. He calls it the “two smacks max” or “two spanks max” method. I want for readers today to see what Webb means by the Redemptive [Read More…]

Christ of the Academic Road 1

No American evangelical scholar has risen up through the ranks of a discipline more than Mark Noll. He is the dean of American church historians, and a prolific author, seemingly capable of taking on most any topic. His newest book examines a theme close to his passions and one not close enough to heart of [Read More…]