Orthodoxy: You Cannot Return by that Door

Steve Rankin, laying out an agenda for scholars concerned with orthodoxy says this: “First, we need to examine our metaphysics related to specific topics. Is the world a system closed to divine action and divine speaking or do we really think that God is actively involved in our world? If so, how do we recognize [Read More…]

Do Christians have Anything to Learn about God?

I’ve recently been engaged in reading about a movement within United Methodism to promote Christian Orthodoxy. Part of their statement of purpose is found on their website, written by Dr. Steve Rankin. It appears to me to suggest that United Methodist theology as such cannot learn anything new about God. “The mission of UMSCO, therefore, [Read More…]

Intelligence under Attack II

American Christians become so obsessed with the supposed attacks by secularists and humanists on their privileged position in American culture that they forget there are real attacks on Christianity taking place daily. Christians need to understand that apologetics are not just an evangelistic tool, they are a justice issue. I am not talking about attacks on Christians and [Read More…]

Intelligence Under Attack Part I

Inside the US the attack on intelligence by Ted Cruz’ new foreign policy advisors directly hurts Muslims and the Muslim community. Yet it has a far more detrimental effect in the long term on Christians and all Americans of faith. Because once you undermine the foundations of civil discourse about religion then every religion or [Read More…]

The Great Divorce

No – not the excellent book by CS Lewis – I just used that as a hook. What may be the necessary divorce between evangelical (or as they now style themselves “orthodox”) United Methodists and progressive United Methodists. In the two previous blogs I tried to appreciatively highlight what these different movements within my denomination [Read More…]

Progressive Christianity: An Appreciation

This is the second of two blogs on the Evangelical – Progressive Divide. For there to exist a reasonable conversation between evangelicals and progressives we must first cut past all of the political posturing that is part of the current progressive versus evangelical standoff in United Methodism and other Christian denominations. Right now factions are [Read More…]

Evangelicalism: an Appreciation

This is the first of three blogs on the Evangelical – Progressive Divide. For there to exist a reasonable conversation between evangelicals and progressives we must first cut past all of the political posturing that is part of the current progressive versus evangelical standoff in United Methodism and other Christian denominations. Right now factions are [Read More…]

The End of Terror

Brussels. Istambul. Lahore. And a thousand other places that we didn’t hear of or forgot. Start your list in 2001. Start it in 1991. Start it at the dawn of humanity. In E.B. White’s the Sword and the Stone, written in what many would see as a gentler age, a young Arthur’s dreams take him [Read More…]

Easter is a Gateway to the Ordinary

We all overthink it; that hard question about what becomes of us after our body is decomposed and the brain, so foundational to consciousness and thus our self has become dust. We can’t help it really. Studies have shown that the one thing we cannot consciously imagine is the cessation of our own consciousness. (“The [Read More…]

A Sign of Hope from the House of Islam

The best way to insure human rights in a modern society is to insure that God has none except those vested in the voice and vote of individual citizens. Recently a group of Muslim scholars from across the world signed a document called the Marrakesh   declaration. Based on their reading of Muhammad’s original treaty with the [Read More…]

Forget God, Interreligious Understanding begins with Anthropology

The single most important question in interreligious dialogue today is not theological. Is anthropological. And it arises because between the different religions there are fundamentally different ways of understanding not merely what it means to be human but how humans find out what it means to be human. At a recent interfaith dialogue involving Jews, [Read More…]


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