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Homer, Virgil, and the Theology of the Underworld

Among the host of ways Virgil modifies and develops Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the changes wrought to the underworld are arguably the most substantial. A complex geography forms of punishment, rivers, the abyss and the “places of delight” fills what was a much simpler and more monotonous landscape in Homer. Beyond the setting, Virgil explores his underworld in conjunction… [Continue Reading] [Read more...]

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Sitting Just Quietly in God’s Light

One the happiest parts of my life at present is the view out my office window. My second-story window in Sutherland Hall at Biola University looks down on a little sunlit courtyard with a fountain. The branches of a tree touch the window, and through-out the day, the sunlight filters through the leaves illuming and… [Continue Reading] [Read more...]

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“O Spare Me” for the New Year (W.B. Pope)

Should a Christian pray for a longer life on earth? Never mind admitting that that’s what you want; the question is whether you have any grounds for asking God to give you more years of this life.In 1869, Methodist theologian William Burt Pope published a sermon for the new year, on the last line of… [Continue Reading] [Read more...]

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The Advent of Good Will

By far my favorite story about the celebration of Christmas is the Christmas truce of 1914. On the night of December 24th, entrenched and fully engaged in deadly combat, German soldiers in Ypres began to observe Christmas festivities. They lit candles, decorated a tree, and began to sing carols. After a short while, the British troops… [Continue Reading] [Read more...]

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Farewell

The time has come for us to move platforms, which means the time has now arrived for you to update your RSS feeds and email subscriptions accordingly.We are very grateful to our friends here at Patheos for hosting us the past … [Read More...]

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Symposium on Soulen’s The Divine Name(s)

The Winter 2014 issue of Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology features a 58-page symposium on Kendall Soulen's important 2011 book The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity: Distinguishing the Voices. That … [Read More...]

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Thoughts Gymnastikos on Alternatives to Trinitarian Regiratio

Athanasius of Alexandria (4th century), always trying to put the best face on the writings of Origen (2nd century), once cautioned readers that Origen sometimes wrote dogmatikos (expressing his actual considered opinion and … [Read More...]

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Homer, Virgil, and the Theology of the Underworld

Among the host of ways Virgil modifies and develops Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the changes wrought to the underworld are arguably the most substantial. A complex geography forms of punishment, rivers, the abyss and the “places of d … [Read More...]

Nine Mighty Acts of God (Christoph Barth’s OT Theology)

Christoph Barth's 1991 "theological introduction to the Old Testament," God With Us, organizes the theology of the Old Testament not around doctrines, but around divine acts. Christoph selects nine divine acts, to be specific. … [Read More...]

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God With Us (Christoph Barth)

Karl Barth once remarked that if he could be accused of founding a school of Barthians, then at least its membership was limited to his two sons, Markus and Christoph, who were professors of New and Old Testament respectively. Not … [Read More...]

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Sitting Just Quietly in God’s Light

One the happiest parts of my life at present is the view out my office window. My second-story window in Sutherland Hall at Biola University looks down on a little sunlit courtyard with a fountain. The branches of a tree touch the … [Read More...]

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Locating Atonement: Coming in January 2015

In systematic theology, three doctrines stand out as mega-doctrines, as conceptual clusters that are right at the center of understanding the faith. Those three classic doctrines are incarnation, Trinity, and atonement.Those … [Read More...]

Love Reigns IN God, Not OVER Him

 I've been meaning to write something about this, but every time I read this paragraph, I just want to keep quoting it rather than saying anything about it. So here, in his own words, is W. B. Pope on God's love and the … [Read More...]


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