Want to Save Free Speech? Listen to Rod Dreher, Jordan Cooper, Issues ETC., etc…

Post by Nathan RinnePopular libertarian You Tuber Stefan Molyneux argues with all his rhetorical might that “Free Speech is All That Matters”.I balk at his insistence. I don’t like the way he puts that. While I find his supporting arguments for this persuasive and important when it comes to politics, overall I wonder about the implications of such words, such devotion. It almost sounds religious to me. Molyneux talks about the importance of humility and self-doubt, but of this he is certa … [Read more...]

How Can Christian Schools Shine in a “Doubling Down” World?

 Post by Nathan RinneIt has become a “don’t back down, double-down” world.Many increasingly feel like they are being pushed too far. The “other” is more so all the time… and there is felt to be little truth in them. As time rolls on we seem, as Charles Murray has put it, to be “coming [further] apart”.Tomorrow, several lawmakers plan on boycotting the inauguration of the President of the United States. In like fashion, pro-life woman, out of step with modern feminist ideo … [Read more...]

Resolved: Why We Should Recognize, not Emphasize, the Christian’s Freed, New Will

Post by Nathan RinneThere is a brutal honesty in the 16th century Lutheran Confessional documents. At one point, we are asked the question: “Who does not frequently doubt whether human affairs are ruled by God's counsel or by chance? Who does not frequently doubt whether he be heard by God?” Still, the God revealed in the Bible ultimately delivers faith and certain hope. In Jesus Christ, there is forgiveness, life and salvation. The sure and full transformation of the world – and we who bel … [Read more...]

The Rorty-ification – and Hegelianization – of the West: A Primer on Social Constructivism and Social Constructionism for Concerned Americans

"There is a deeper pleasure in following truth to the scaffold or the cross, than in joining the multitudinous retinue, and mingling our shouts with theirs, when victorious error celebrates its triumphs." -- Horace Mann, ThoughtsPost by Nathan RinneSocial constructivism and social constructionism. What are these things? What do they imply? What are they connected with? Can they, for example, help to explain the recent actions of the Obama administration's Department of Justice? (see … [Read more...]

Heartfelt Spiritual Counsel for “Fabulous Internet Supervillain” Milo Yiannopoulos

Post by Nathan RinneI recently watched a couple of interviews (here and here) the ever controversial Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos did with “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson about his new movie “Torchbearer”. According to an article from the same Breitbart news, the film’s "thesis" is that “sin has become mainstream in Western culture, which will soon lead to societal destruction.”Yiannopoulos himself, a vigorous proponent and practitioner of free speech, identifies as both … [Read more...]

Is Martin Luther’s Sola Scriptura Our Sola Scriptura?

Post by Nathan RinneAdam Hamilton is the senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, “one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country” (see here). He is the author of several popular books, and in his book When Christians Get it Wrong, he writes that the Bible is a document that is both divine and human, which for him means that the authors "were people who had a deep faith in God" who "heard and understood God in light of the … [Read more...]

Intelligent Public Discourse on Transgenderism – Able to Moderate the Current “Bathroom Battle”?

Post by Nathan RinneIf you are a serious Christian - or even if you aren't - and you feel like you could use a good primer on the issues transgenderism presents, I wrote this article for you. And... I even revised my initial draft with the help of an article by David Blankenhorn about being an effective de-polarizer (learned about it here). We’ll see if it works. : )One can rest assured that most traditional Christians think that the new progressive (will refrain from putting that in s … [Read more...]

If Christians Enjoy Making Assertions, Why Speak with Them?

Post by Nathan Rinne "...and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ." - Philemon 1:6 Christians, as the 16th century reformer Martin Luther liked to remind us, are those who assert things and even enjoy doing so! So how can this play out in our relationships with others without our being totally obnoxious or even dangerous? (OK, I’ll admit, as someone who has at times alienated family and f … [Read more...]

The Critical Text: Very Word of God? Fallible “Witness” of Man? Both!?

Post by Nathan Rinne "But the notion that in Scripture some things are recondite and all is not plain was spread by the godless Sophists (whom now you echo Erasmus)--who have never yet cited a single item to prove their crazy view; nor can they. And Satan has used the unsubstantial spectres to scare men off reading the sacred text and to destroy all sense of its value, so as to ensure that his own brand of poisonous philosophy resigns supreme in the church." – Martin Luther to Erasmus Original … [Read more...]

Satan Playing the Long Game? What’s the Problem with the Critical Text?

Post by Nathan RinneUpdate: a good amount of discussion has ensued in response to this post, but mostly on Facebook. You can find some of the questions posed and my answers at a follow-up post here on my personal blog, theology like a child.Despite the picture and provocative caption that leads off this post, it is not really about the molehill that is Bart Ehrmann. It rather attempts to critically address, in a thoughtful way, the modernist / Enlightenment world of biblical criticism … [Read more...]