Deconstructing the Bully God — NT Wright

Good God, bad God. That’s the problem with so much Christian theology. A bad view of God is destructive to the faith, to the church, and to the person. N.T. Wright, in Simply Good News, seeks to present how the Bible presents God and the first thing that has to be done to get this God [Read More…]

Connection and Reflection

One of the gifts of the Bible to the lot of every human being who has ever lived, who is living and who will ever live is that each is made in God’s image. The gift is on the table but unwrapping the gift to understand what it means is the challenge. John F. Kilner, Dignity [Read More…]

Speaking about God

What do we call God? Father, Son and Spirit? Trinity? God? The Blessed One? HaShem? This is the question R. Kendall Soulen asks in the first volume of his The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity: Distinguishing the Voices. His is an attempt to speak into the debate about how Israel’s God (YHWH, the Tetragrammaton) morphed [Read More…]

The Eight Themes of Liberation Theology

What is liberation theology? It is fair to follow that up with What kind of liberation theology? It is also fair to ask When was liberation theology? Let’s begin with this: modernity created an all-encompassing narrative rooted in social and economic realities that buttressed those in power with structures and ideologies that kept power in [Read More…]

Christian Realism

Who is the most influential American theologian of the 20th Century? In some circles the name Charles Hodge (Princeton) or BB Warfield would immediately be mentioned, though Hodge is a 19th Century theologian with a 20th Century influence. Others might say Walter Rauschenbusch, but in his book The Journey of Modern Theology, Roger Olson probably gets it [Read More…]

The Ultimate Modern Theologian?

According to Roger Olson, in his The Journey of Modern Theology, the “ultimate modern theologian” is Rudolf Bultmann. His words: “No one embraced modern naturalism and rationalism more fully, except that he cordoned off Christian faith from rationalism. Everything in the physical world and in history is subject to reason, and it limits religion severely. Bultmann [Read More…]

Reformation Revived in Disillusionment

At the heart of European Protestant theology’s revolutionary developments in the 20th Century was the rediscovery of the transcendence of God that challenged and replaced the identification of historical processes and progressivism (liberal theology) with the ways of God. This theology challenged that mood of theology and philosophy and culture by proclaiming God over against [Read More…]

Modernity’s Challenges to Traditional Theology

Modern theology arises from the challenges, some of them successful of course, to traditional theology. In Roger Olson’s splendid volume, The Journey to Modern Theology, one can find a rapid, clear, and insightful sketch of the challenges to traditional theology (pp. 31-124). I can provide but a sketch of his sketch, but this is just the [Read More…]

The Acids of Modernity and Christian Theology

Modern theology is theology done in the context of modernity, which means, in the context of what happened to thinking and culture as a result of the Enlightenment. Modern theology is often a code expression for “liberal” theology, and many ways that might be right. But Roger Olson, in his big book The Journey of Modern [Read More…]

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…]