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...]

Innocent until Proven Guilty? Or Guilty until Proven Innocent?

Innocent until Proven Guilty? Or Guilty until Proven Innocent?All my life I’ve heard the mantra “innocent until proven guilty” as one expression of our American justice system. It means, of course, “until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law by a jury of one’s peers.” And, I learned, as I grew older, there are exceptions. A defendant can, for example, plead guilty or he can request his case to be heard and decided by a judge instead of a jury.However, underlying a … [Read more...]

What Do I Mean by the “Supernatural?”

What Do I Mean by the “Supernatural?”My new book The Essentials of Christian Thought mentions throughout the necessity of the dimension of the “supernatural” for Christianity. To my way of thinking, a Christianity without the supernatural is not authentic. The book is an exposition of what I call “narrative biblical metaphysics”—an attempted archaeology of the Bible’s implicit perspective on reality. I acknowledge, of course, that the Bible is not a book of philosophy or even theology; it … [Read more...]