Archives for March 2012

Response to a Good Book about Purgatory

Response to a Good Book about “Purgatory”Some months ago I posted some thoughts here about purgatory. I endorsed an idea that had little resemblance to any traditional Catholic idea of purgatory, but some people are apparently so fixated on that word that its very appearance made them think I was affirming the Catholic idea of purgatory. I wasn’t. I admitted some sympathy with C. S. Lewis’ idea in The Great Divorce and other writings that perhaps there is a place after death for forgiven peop … [Read more...]

Some criteria for judging theologians who will be remembered 50 years from now

Thanks to all of you who have offered answers to my question about Christian (trinitarian) theologians who probably will be included in a book on late 20th century and early 21st century theologians 50 years from now.I agree with those who have said it's hard to predict because we live in a time when there are no theological "giants" comparable to Barth or Tillich. That's what make this so difficult.Recently I wrote about 19th century Christian (trinitarian) theologians. (This is not yet … [Read more...]

A question and request for suggestions

Fifty years from now, which contemporary (late 20th century, early 21st century) Christian (trinitarian) theologians will someone include in a book about modern/postmodern theology? Why? … [Read more...]

A feminist theologian explains the problem with men

Rosemary Ruether on the Problem with MenNot 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 ControversySomehow 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 Giles who … [Read more...]

Further thoughts about catastrophes and God’s judgment

Thoughts about Catastrophes and God’s JudgmentThis 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 that he beli … [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 TornadoesDuring 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 tim … [Read more...]