Subterranean Theology (Part 1)

Subterranean Theology (Part 1) Lately I’ve become interested in exploring what I call “subterranean theology.” So what is that? Subterranean theology is presuppositions that lie beneath the explicit methods and doctrines of someone’s theology; it/they condition explicit, “above ground” theology often without being seen or acknowledged. Of course, I realize I’m not the first to do this! It’s a favorite topic of doctoral dissertations and theological tomes written for … [Read more...]

What Will Those Who Come after Us Say about Us?

What Will Those Who Come after Us Say about Us? Today I had lunch with an esteemed colleague whose special area of scholarship is Karl Barth's theology. We talked about how living and teaching in Germany when Hitler was coming to power and the "German Christian" movement was growing affected the Swiss theologian's thinking. And we talked about how Bonhoeffer and other German theologians responded to the rise of Naziism and "German Christianity." What explains why Barth and Bonhoeffer and … [Read more...]

Could Jesus Have Made Mistakes? An Exercise in Controversial Christology

Could Jesus Have Made Mistakes? An Exercise in Controversial Christology I was recently asked to comment on whether Jesus could have made mistakes. Here's the back story: A well known, controversial preacher publicly stated that there is a difference between "sin" and "mistake" and that, although Jesus did not sin, he may have made mistakes. The preacher's online sermon was bawdlerized to omit that statement. The assumption is that it created controversy. Now, many people would probably … [Read more...]

A Step in the Right Direction: A Public Policy Statement about Capital Punishment in America

A Step in the Right Direction: A Public Policy Statement about Capital Punishment in America The Constitution Project (TCP) is a highly regarded, influential "think tank" headquartered in Washington, D.C. It supports non-partisan research into public policies and practices and issues occasional policy recommendations aimed at government entities (as well as the public in general). Probably because of my outspoken opposition to capital punishment, I was invited to participate in a round table … [Read more...]

A Word about Blogging and Ending a Discussion (And Announcement of a New Topic)

At the very front of my immediately preceding post I announced an end to the discussion thread about naturalism. The reason is simply lack of time to read and respond to every post--many of which were very long and had many parts. Occasionally a discussion thread simply has to die because keeping up with it requires me to spend more time on the blog than I have. I need to get other work done. I apologize to those of you who crafted comments that didn't get posted here, but "last word" means … [Read more...]

Philosopher Max Horkheimer and Theologian Hans Kueng Get the Final Word

I am closing the discussion thread about naturalism with this post. Some have objected that my arguments against naturalism are rooted in fundamentalism. Nothing could be more wrong. 20th century social philosopher Max Horkheimer was not noted for being particularly religious. However, he saw the same flaw in naturalism (which he termed "positivism") as I see. And as Catholic theologian (whatever the Vatican may call him) Hans Kueng sees. Here is Hans Kueng quoting Max Horkheimer. The … [Read more...]

Further Adventures in Missing the Point…

I admit to being amazed and bemused by how many naturalists (or defenders of naturalists) have once again missed the point (of my immediately preceding posts). To them I say: You are missing the point which is logic. There is no logical reason that can be given, on naturalistic beliefs alone, why a person who enjoys being a hedonist should not be so long as his hedonism does not interfere with survival, reproduction, and happiness. And since happiness is subjective, whatever he calls happiness … [Read more...]


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