James Barr on Evangelical Biblical Scholarship

A friend of mine–currently writing his PhD dissertation while in a witness protection program for knowing me–recently passed on the following quotes from James Barr. Barr, who died in 2006, was a world-renown Old Testament scholar, known for such linguistic classics as The Semantics of Biblical Language and Comparative Philology and the Text of the [Read More...]

Is the Gospel necessarily against empires (like, say, even America, he asks sheepishly on the morning of July 4)?

Today is July 4th, and, being independent of oppressive British rule, I chose today, as a free man, to bring to your attention an informative, learned, but utterly readable book published this spring (IVP) and edited by Scot McKnight and by my colleague at Eastern University, Joe Modica: Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating [Read More...]

Episcopalians on Science and Faith: gettin’ it done (evangelicals could learn something)

“The goal of human knowing is neither to exalt science over other forms of inquiry nor to use theology as a magic wand to make things we can’t otherwise explain vanish. The goal of human knowing is instead to seek to engage God, the world, and ourselves in one unified frame of meaning.” ~The Very [Read More...]

Hunting for Good News: More from GospelFutures

Over at GospelFutures, Peter Kress is on a hunt for the Gospel. Which raises the natural question, “What the heck are you talking about?” Kress explains that, having experienced his own faith crisis, a Gospel that encourages skepticism toward others is not good news. “When faith communities define rules of inclusion and exclusion and allocate [Read More...]

Christianity as We Know It: It’s Had a Good Run, But…

Over at GospelFutures, Neil WIlliams has a post that asks the question “What Good is Christianity?” His point is basically this: Christianity is in trouble. Why? (1) The intellectual challenges are serious and are too often not answered credibly, and (2) the church has a long track record of winding up in the wrong side of moral [Read More...]


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