A New Book about Hell that Will Make You Think

A New Book about Hell that Will Make You ThinkA while ago evangelicals were all buzzing about a book entitled Love Wins by Rob Bell. I defended the book against some who attacked it before it was even published and before they read it. That didn’t mean I like it. In fact, I thought it was quite shallow. In the end, it seemed to me little more than a popular presentation (mostly in the form of questions) of C. S. Lewis’ view of hell in The Great Divorce. I recommended to many people that they … [Read more...]

Every Known Theistic Approach to Old Testament “Texts of Terror”

Every Known Theistic Approach to Old Testament “Texts of Terror”The phrase “texts of terror” usually refers to stories in the historical books of the Hebrew Bible that describe God as commanding his people to slaughter groups of men, women and children and “show them no mercy” (to quote on such command).Here I will lay out all the theistic approaches to interpreting these texts I am aware of. Every “other” approach I know about seems to me to fall under one of these—as a version of it. Yo … [Read more...]

For My Brazilian Readers: Portuguese Translations of My Books

For My Brazilian Readers: Portuguese Translations of My BooksSome of my best students have been from Brazil, the world’s largest Portuguese-speaking country (and also one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing democracies and economies). Many North Americans think of Brazil as a Catholic country, but Protestant churches are growing there. The Assemblies of God has over 12 million members in Brazil—four times the number in the United States.Several of my books have been published by Br … [Read more...]

Kudos to the Church of the Nazarene for Resisting Pressure to Expand “Inerrancy”

Kudos to the Church of the Nazarene for Resisting Pressure to Expand “Inerrancy”I have not heard news from the June (2013) annual convention of the Church of the Nazarene that specifically answers the question regarding the disposition of the proposed amendment to its statement of faith. I have scoured the internet looking for such, but have not found it. I’m assuming the amendment was defeated, but I am prepared to stand corrected.The amendment was proposed by a group of Nazarene pasto … [Read more...]

Postmodern “Violence”: A Case Study in Stretching a Word to the Breaking Point

Postmodern “Violence”: A Case Study in Stretching a Word to the Breaking PointFor the past few years I’ve been reading a lot of postmodern philosophy—focusing especially on its implications for Christianity. I taught a course on “Postmodernity and Christianity” and included a section on postmodern theology in my forthcoming book The Journey of Modern Theology: From Reconstruction to Deconstruction (InterVarsity Press). And I have participated in a book discussion group that reads primarily bo … [Read more...]

The Old Testament and Contemporary Christian Ethics

The Old Testament and Contemporary Christian EthicsThe background issue here, of this post, is the problem I see of appealing to the Old Testament, especially the Pentateuch and historical books, to establish Christian ethics.One does not have to deny the divine inspiration of the entire Old Testament to argue that it cannot serve as a basis for contemporary Christian ethics. Jesus himself offered corrections to Old Testament ethics (e.g., divorce).Early Christians, after the … [Read more...]

Some Responses to Critics Regarding Capital Punishment

Thanks to all of you who contributed civil comments, pro and con, responding to my immediately preceding post about capital punishment as heresy. One commenter wrote:  " I may be on a different wavelength from many here, but I'd just like to point out that if we're going to appeal to the authority of the God of the Old Testament to support capital punishment, then logically we are going to have to support capital punishment for far more than first degree murder. In the Old … [Read more...]


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