Thoughts about the Role of Experience in Theology: Part Two (With Special Reference to Friedrich Schleiermacher and Stanley J. Grenz)

Thoughts about the Role of Experience in Theology: Part Two (With Special Reference to Friedrich Schleiermacher and Stanley J. Grenz) Paraphrasing Kant, theology without experience is empty; experience without theology is blind. Empty of what? What would theology without experience (if that were even possible) be empty of? Transforming power and relevance. That spiritual experience without theology is blind is less controversial—especially among conservative theologians. I have d … [Read more...]

Thoughts about the Role of Experience in Theology: Part One

Thoughts about the Role of Experience in Theology: Part One I have long thought that experience does and should play a role in Christian theology, but I have also long known that’s controversial, especially among conservative Christian theologians, and that it’s difficult to define. That is, it’s difficult to pin down exactly what role experience plays and how much of a role it should play in theological reflection and especially doctrinal formulation.I think pure objectivity is … [Read more...]

Remembering and Honoring Evangelical Theologian Stanley J. Grenz (and Responding to Conservative Evangelical Criticisms of His Theology)

Remembering and Honoring Evangelical Theologian Stanley J. Grenz (and Responding to Conservative Evangelical Criticisms of His Theology) I have returned from the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature where about ten thousand religion scholars convened in sunny San Diego, California. I was invited to read a paper in one session of the Evangelical Theology Group, a program unit of the AAR, about the theology of Stanley Grenz. Stan was my … [Read more...]

When I Say “Calvinism”…

Whenever I write about Calvinism, someone who considers himself a Calvinist accuses me of setting up and striking down a "strawman." And others claim what I say about Calvinism does not apply to them. What to do?When I write about Calvinism, unless I say otherwise, I mean consistent, historical, classical Calvinism AS SET FORTH BY Calvin,  Owen, Edwards, Hodge, Boettner, Sproul and Piper and AS EXPRESSED in the Canons of Dort and the Westminster Confession of Faith. What I am talking ab out … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Horror Story: Reflections on Stephen King’s New Novel Revival (Spoiler Alert)

The Ultimate Horror Story: Reflections on Stephen King’s New Novel Revival (Spoiler Alert) I rarely read a Stephen King novel or any similar novel of the “horror” genre. They’re just not my “thing.” I’ve read a few of that genre that I thought were good, such as Ray Bradbury’s classic Something Wicked This Way Comes, but, for the most part, I don’t enjoy them. (The Bradbury novel, by the way, like many of his other books, contains deep philosophical ideas that are worth considering.) … [Read more...]

Juergen Moltmann on Christian Discipleship in Everything One Does

This is a follow-up to my immediately preceding post which contained my response to Peter Berger's argument that Christians (and others) ought to internalize pluralism including secularity--alongside their Christian faith. In other words, Berger argues, Christians (and others) ought to act "as if God does not exist" in certain spheres of life because of modern pluralism. Both in the book (The Many Altars of Modernity) and in his talk Berger illustrated this claim by saying that an airline pilot … [Read more...]

My Response to Peter Berger’s book The Many Altars of Modernity

Below you will find my response to Peter Berger’s recently published book The Many Altars of Modernity: Toward a Paradigm for Religion in a Pluralist Age (DeGruyter, 2014). I read this response at a special event at Baylor University on Tuesday, November 18. Berger was there by Skype. (He was unable to travel to the event as originally planned due to health problems.) He spoke about his book and the research that led to it for about fifty minutes. The other respondent was sociologist James D … [Read more...]


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