Is There Any Solution to the Transgender Controversy?

Is There Any Solution to the Transgender Controversy?According to numerous news reports and other media items, many Americans are concerned about transgender persons and restrooms. Much of the controversy, however, seems based on confusion and, in my opinion, the media stories have not helped.Let’s begin with a basic distinction between “gender” and “sex.” Gender is a social construct not necessarily tied to biology or physiology. Sex is a biological and physiological category. In oth … [Read more...]

Reality: Code or Narrative?

Reality: Code or Narrative? The following is a guest post by one of my most faithful and constructive blog discussion partners. I invited Luke to compose a guest post and this is the first one. Possibly others will follow. Please know that I will not be responding to comments regarding this post; Luke can respond to any as he wishes. However, please do not respond unless you have a question (which may or may not be answered) and/or a constructive comment that is intended to … [Read more...]

My Movie Review of “The Shack”

My immediately preceding post here mentioned my forthcoming movie viewers guide and review of the new movie "The Shack." They are now available for your reading pleasure (hopefully) at: copy and paste that URL into your web browser. Then, once the page appears (it may take a few seconds) go to "Related Info" and click on that.Roger Olson … [Read more...]

Finding God in “The Shack”

Finding God in "The Shack"Yesterday I viewed the new movie "The Shack" which is based on the 2007 book of the same title by William Paul Young. (If you have seen the movie you know why I chose the above image to go along with this post.) I have been looking forward to the movie with both excitement and trepidation. My main fear was that it would omit the heavy theological message of the book. It did not, although it did omit much of the dialogue. Somehow, however, the movie makers … [Read more...]

Was Pope Francis Wrong about Islam?

Was Pope Francis Wrong about Islam?According to many news reports, Pope Francis made some off-the-cuff remarks to reporters about Islam. The “gist” of this informal talk—not a papal pronouncement—was that there is no such thing as “Islamic Terrorism” unless there is also such a thing as “Christian terrorism.” This conversation took place aboard the papal airplane on the pope’s way back to Rome after a special event in France in late 2016. (The precise date does not matter here.)Some A … [Read more...]

Reinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas: Can Their Approaches to Christian Ethics be Bridged?

Can a Bridge Be Built between the Christian Political Ethics ofReinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas?Part TwoThe Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian EthicsHoward Payne University 2017Roger E. OlsonIn Part One of this two-part lecture series I explained my love for both Reinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas and my agreement with both of their general approaches to Christian ethics. For those of you who were not there I will briefly summarize the main … [Read more...]

Reinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas: Can Their Christian Political Ethics be “Bridged?”

Preface: These two lectures--one posted today (Monday, Feb. 27, 2017) and the other to be posted later this week--were delivered at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas on Feb. 23 and 24 of this year (2017). I promised to post them here partly because some people were only able to hear one of the two lectures and they do constitute one lecture in two parts."Can a Bridge Be Built between the Christian Political Ethics of Reinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas?"The … [Read more...]