Christians Playing Power Games (but Jesus doesn’t play by the rules)

At GospelFutures, Neil Williams has a very thoughtful piece on game theory and it’s relevance for Christian theology. Game theory is the study of strategic decision making and shows the importance of trust, forgiveness, and even repentance in the development of cooperation between people and societies. Game theory originally started in mathematics, but expanded to other disciplines including psychology, economics, politics, evolutionary [Read More…]

Is Christianity a Tribalistic Religion? Sort of looks that way.

At GospelFutures, Neil Williams continues his posts on the gospel and relational transformation by asking Does Christianity promote tribalism? Note Williams doesn’t ask whether Jesus or the New Testament promote tribalism. They don’t. He is asking whether Christianity does. The answer seems to be “yes” Note, too, what Williams means by “tribalism”:  not any claim to exclusivism, but [Read More…]

Rethinking Sin and Heretics? Neil Williams Says “Yes”

Read before you judge….. Over at GospelFutures, Williams suggests thinking of sin as “relational failure.” Sure, this is not exactly how Christians have thought of sin in the past, but, “Sin has a varied history. The way people have understood sin has changed over time. Views on sin have morphed according to the culture and [Read More…]

Why Privilege the Christian Story Among all Other Stories?

At GospelFutures, Neil Williams’s next post is up on the power of story for providing coherence for the human drama. He addressed “Why Story” in his previous post. Today he looks at the Christian story specifically. As far back as we have written records, humans have used stories to figure out their world and to [Read More…]

The BIble ≠ The Gospel (and why that’s important).

On our GospelFutures website, my friend an co-laborer theologian Neil Williams is adding to his series on relational transformation with a couple more posts. This next post is titled Why story? and addresses reasons why we need to make a distinction between the biblical text and the gospel story. He argues that the text is [Read More…]