But Is it True? (RJS)

Iain Provan in Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matter has taken us through a survey of the Old Testament to explore the Old Story told in the Bible. He then connected it with the new dimensions revealed through Jesus Christ. Now it is time to address the key [Read More...]

The Nature of Creation (RJS)

There are several new books on my desk, The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science by Mark Harris, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate by John Walton and Religion and the Sciences of Origins by Kelly James Clark. Each book digs into different aspects of [Read More...]

The Riddle of Jesus (RJS)

I’ve been slowly working through The God of Hope and the End of the World by John Polkinghorne and Surprised by Scripture by N. T. Wright.  The books converged this week as I read Polkinghorne’s chapter on The Resurrection of Jesus and Wright’s chapter Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection?.  It is a little [Read More...]

Faith and Culture: Uneasy Partners (RJS)

The final section of Philip Yancey’s new book Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? looks at faith and culture. The first chapter considers the uneasy partnership between Christians and power (politics) while the second, entitled Holy Subversion, considers where we should go from here. In the chapter on the uneasy partnership Yancey [Read More...]

New Dimensions in the Old Story (RJS)

Chapter 12 of Iain Provan’s new book  Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters finally turns to the New Testament, and the story many of us have wanted to dig into from the beginning. He has laid the foundation with a careful look at the Old Testament answer to [Read More...]

When Does it Matter? (RJS)

The first two chapters in N. T. Wright’s book Surprised by Scripture address questions concerning science and Christian faith.  The primary focus in the second was on Adam (It’s About God and God’s Kingdom), but the essay started with a discussion of the authority of scripture and the importance of being immersed in the story [Read More...]

It’s About God and God’s Kingdom (RJS)

The second essay in N. T. Wright’s book Surprised by Scripture addresses the question Do We Need a Historical Adam?  Wright accepts a historical Adam and Eve as a representative pair chosen by God, much as God later chose Abraham and Israel.  The need for a historical Adam is much the same as the need [Read More...]

Afterlife and Hope in the Old Testament (RJS)

Any discussion of Christian hope must look carefully at Scripture, both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  The next section of John Polkinghorne’s book The God of Hope and the End of the World turns to Scripture beginning with the Old Testament and the views of life, death, hope, and the hereafter expressed in [Read More...]

Old Testament Hope: For New Jerusalem – Not For Eden (RJS)

Chapter 11 of Iain Provan’s new book Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters turns to the question of Hope and God’s plan for the future. What kind of hope is expressed in the Old Testament?  This is an excellent chapter, sketching what Provan sees as the sweep of [Read More...]

Design, Secular Naturalism, and “Acceptable” Worldviews (RJS)

The conversation on the post last week Darwin’s Doubt and Intelligent Design was interesting. Several years ago I had (and posted about) an e-mail conversation with a friend and colleague about intelligent design and the place for the Christian worldview in the academy in general and science in particular. This conversation is worth another post [Read More...]