A feminist theologian explains the problem with men

Rosemary Ruether on the Problem with Men Not very long ago I posted some musing here about a possible reason why our prisons are so crowded with men and why we now have an over abundance of drifting young men with no apparent purpose in life other than to swagger and act macho or disappear into a wasted existence of playing video games. My suggestion was that especially young men, probably from early adolescence on, need to feel respected and either act out in anti-social ways or fade away … [Read more...]

Thoughts about Another Evangelical Controversy

Thoughts about Another Evangelical Theological Controversy Somehow I missed this one for a long time. Apparently, a new controversy is breaking out among evangelical theologians. Actually, it’s been going on for some time—apparently largely in the pages of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (a publication to which I don’t subscribe and which I rarely read). Recently InterVarsity Press asked me to preview a forthcoming book by Australian evangelical theologian Kevin … [Read more...]

Further thoughts about catastrophes and God’s judgment

Thoughts about Catastrophes and God’s Judgment This is a response to comments made in response to my previous post about John Piper’s blog entry about the recent tornado outbreak in the eastern U.S. True, in this particular blog entry Piper does not explicitly say the tornadoes were God’s judgment on those towns. He does say, however, that the tornadoes were “God’s fingers.” In light of everything else he has written and said about calamaties and catastrophes, it is clear to me … [Read more...]

My response to John Piper’s Recent Statements about God and Tornadoes

My Response to John Piper’s Recent Statements about God and Tornadoes During the last week or two I have received numerous e-mails, some from journalists, asking my opinion about John Piper’s explanation of the recent rash of deadly tornadoes across the South. Apparently, he has at least implied that God sent them as judgments on particular communities and reminders of their need to repent. My first response is that this is nothing new. John has been saying things like this for a long … [Read more...]

Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue Part 3 (Final)

If you haven't read my two previous posts about Evangelical-Catholic-Evangelical dialogue, you should before reading this one. So, what's the point of such dialogue? What should aim for, realistically hope to accomplish and focus on? When I was participating in Braaten's and Jenson's Catholic-Evangelical (really Catholic-Protestant) dialogues one thing gradually emerged: the goal was "visible and institutional unity of the churches." That's when I decided to drop my bombshell (that at … [Read more...]

Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue Part 2

Yesterday I posted here about my years-long involvements in Catholic-Evangelical dialogues. This past weekend I participated in another one. I was very glad to be invited and enjoyed all of it and benefited from it. I applaud those who provide the impetus for it and organize it. Now, looking back over this one and many others I've participated in, I'd like to share some ideas about how to improve them. First, right off the bat, at the very beginning of every weekend session and in the … [Read more...]

Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue

Report on Another Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue Event (Part 1) About a year ago I reported here on an Evangelical-Catholic (or Catholic-Evangelical) dialogue event. Last year I only heard the plenary address which was public. This year I was invited to participate in the following day of theological conversation. I truly appreciate that invitation and opportunity once again to engage in theological dialogue with Catholics and Protestants of other traditions. This is the most recent of many … [Read more...]

Truly caught on the horns of a theological dilemma

When it comes to Christian social ethics I have two heroes, but the problem is they are widely considered antithetical. John Howard Yoder and Reinhold Niebuhr. Much of Yoder's reputation is gained from contradicting Niebuhr. And of course, much of Niebuhr's reputation was gained from contradicting pacifism. Admittedly, the pacifism Niebuhr was against was not Yoder's. He even tipped his hat to Anabaptists as a needed witness. He was against the liberal Protestant pacifism of the social gospel … [Read more...]