A Shocking Conclusion about American Christianity

A Shocking Conclusion about American ChristianityI'm not an expert in or scholar of "youth ministry," but many of my students are either doing youth ministry or plan to. For some time now I've been hearing a lot about something called "Moralistic, Therapeutic Deism" (MTD for short). From 2003 to 2005 sociologist of religion Christian Smith and his colleague Melinda Denton carried out a massive study of youth religion in the United States. It was called the "National Study of Youth and … [Read more...]

Review of The Journey of Modern Theology by Roger E. Olson by Bev Mitchell

Review of The Journey of Modern Theology by Roger E. Olson by Bev MitchellThis book is written to grab you (gently) and introduce you to some of the most interesting people of the last four hundred years. Yes, most of them were philosophers and theologians, but they were people first and always people. Roger Olson knows these people, some personally, but mainly through careful, sympathetic reading of much of their work over a long career. The characters march across the pages almost as if … [Read more...]

What Is “Integration of Faith and Learning? Follow Up (Part 3) to Series on “The Christian Worldview”

What Is "Integration of Faith and Learning?" Follow Up (Part 3) to Series on "The Christian Worldview"In a way, the two part series "Is There a 'The Christian Worldview'?" is simply a preamble to this post/essay. At least in Christian higher education circles, one of the main functions of developing a "the Christian worldview" has been to use it as a tool for encouraging, sometimes requiring, "integration of faith and learning." A main reason for the existence of Christian institutions of … [Read more...]

Is There a “the Christian Worldview?” If So, What Is It? Part 2

Is There a "the Christian Worldview?" If So, What Is It? Part 2If you have not read Part 1 of this series "Is There a 'the Christian Worldview'?" this second installment may cause some confusion; I suggest you go back and read Part 1 first.I believe there is a "the Christian worldview"—a minimally necessary cognitive content to "seeing the world as" Christianly. "Seeing as" is what philosopher of religion Richard Hare called a "blik"—a basic perspective on reality. It is also the imp … [Read more...]

Is There a “the Christian Worldview?” If So, What Is It? Part 1

Is There a "the Christian Worldview?" If So, What Is It? Part 1A while back I posted here a very positive review of Molly Worthen's excellent book Apostles of Reason. I had almost nothing but praise for it. Now I want to express one perhaps (but perhaps not) quibble with the book's analysis of the problem with evangelicalism.Worthen criticizes evangelical scholars' obsession with "the Christian worldview" and connects that with Reformed rationalism. Worthen is not a theologian and so I … [Read more...]

My Response to Al Mohler’s Defense of Limited Atonement

My Response to Al Mohler's Defense of Limited AtonementNo, I'm not obsessed with Al Mohler or "dogging him" as the colloquial phrase has it. When I respond to him it's for two reasons: 1) someone asked me to respond to him, and 2) he is widely considered a spokesman for evangelical Christians and I think that's a misconception. People need to know that Mohler does not speak for all evangelicals. He doesn't even speak for all Baptists.According to a rather lengthy report published by the … [Read more...]

Something for Arminius Geeks

Something for Arminius GeeksOur number is few and I'm not even sure I'm one. Here I use the word "geek" in a non-pejorative way—as someone peculiarly (to others) interested in a very technical subject. If having read all of Arminius' writings that exist in English translation makes me an "Arminius geek," then I'm one. However, I happen to be more interested in Arminianism than in Arminius. So call me an Arminianism geek. But that interest has driven me back to read everything I can get my h … [Read more...]


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