Theologians and their Moral Life (by Roger Olson)

What impact does a theologian’s moral life have on whether you read or are influenced by him or her?  Roger Olson’s proposal is about to the degree it influences his or her theology. The sad fact is that many, many great heroes of Christian history and theology had sides to their personal lives that we [Read More...]

Faith and Reason: Allies or Competitors?

Philosophy is rooted in reason and begins with detachment and skepticism. Theology is rooted in revelation and begins with faith and trust. History has assigned the former to the public realm, especially in the form of science, and the second to the private realm. Are the two allies? Are they competitors? Such are the questions [Read More...]

The Astounding Analogy for Hauerwas

Nicholas Healy, in Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction, offers — at the very heart of his entire proposal — an analogy that, when I first heard it I thought was absurd. As Marx was to Hegel so Hauerwas is to Schleiermacher. That’s right, Healy — and he is not being cheeky — sees the best analogue [Read More...]

Evaluating the Theology of Hauerwas: It Begins with Church

In 2001 Time magazine named Stanley Hauerwas, recently retired professor at Duke Divinity School, “America’s Best Theologian.” But Nicholas M. Healy, in his new book Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction, questions whether Hauerwas’ theology is sufficient to prop up Hauerwas’ ethics. The book is published in Conor Cunningham’s Interventions series and this book will become not only the [Read More...]

So, What (or Who) Are We?

“According to Answers.com, a human being consists of the following elements: oxygen (65%), carbon (18%), hydrogen (10%), nitrogen (3%), calcium (1.5%), phosphorous (1.0%), potassium (0.35%), sulfur (0.25%), sodium (0.15%), magnesium (0.05%), along with copper, zinc, selenium, molybdenum, fluorine, chlorine, iodine, manganese, cobalt, iron (0.70%), plus trace amounts of lithium, strontium, aluminum, silicon, lead, vanadium, arsenic, [Read More...]

Revising the “Deity of Christ” Discussion

If you are listening to the theological discussions today the magical term is no longer “deity” but “identity.” So I’m happy to see Mike Bird, in his Evangelical Theology, open up the chp that talks about the deity of Christ (the chp title is “The Story of Jesus and the Identity of God”), with these words: [Read More...]

Liberals Arising

Evangelicals have written the story of liberalism and that story, reluctantly but seemingly irresistibly, has been absorbed by liberals themselves. That story is that liberals have surrendered key theological beliefs and their churches are in rapid descent and the former led to the latter. Oddly, though liberalism has been for more than a century been [Read More...]

Correction: An Even More Neglected Element of the Gospel

Not that long ago I wrote a post, based on Mike Bird’s Evangelical Theology, in which he had said the resurrection was neglected and perhaps the most neglected, but that’s not quite right: the most neglected element of the gospel, and in the life of Jesus, is the ascension. He calls it the “poor cousin” (449), [Read More...]

The Greatest Drama Ever Staged (RJS)

On Christmas Eve (day) I posted a reflection from one of Dorothy Sayers’ essays in Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World also available under the title The Whimsical Christian: 18 Essays. This is a volume well worth coming back to – and I will. Sayers deserves a far broader readership than she receives. She was [Read More...]

It All Points to Jesus

In his new book, Evangelical Theology, Mike Bird points to the centrality of Christ with these golden words: God is known to us most profoundly in the mediatorship of Jesus Christ, and it is through the economic relationship of Father-Son and Son-Spirit that we can glimpse into the Trinity. In creation, God makes the universe in, [Read More...]


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