David Bentley Hart Critiques Dennett and Descartes

David Bentley Hart is one of my favorite living theologians (anyone reading this blog for longer than a month will utter a giant, sarcastic “No really?! I had no idea!!). In my opinion, he is doing groundbreaking work in the fields of philosophical theology and metaphysics. He has recently devoted much of his attention to the realm of consciousness. In his excellent book, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss (I have probably mentioned it about fifty times so far… Read more

Aquinas on the Nonviolent Practicality of the Trinity

I have recently been working through D. Stephen Long’s excellent book, The Perfectly Simple Triune God: Aquinas and His Legacy (Fortress, 2016). The more I read Aquinas and the more I read about him, the more I see why he is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. I want to concentrate in this post with a passage from Long’s book detailing the importance of the Trinity in Aquinas’ theological framework, and in Christian theology as a whole: The doctrine… Read more

Mixed Feelings on the Reformation at 500

It is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation this year, and you would think that I would be reveling in my Wesleyan, Protestant pride right about now. And yet that is not the case. Read more

Bethel, Miracles, and Modern Syncretism

I’m not usually one to read BuzzFeed News. In fact, most of the time I find their stuff to just barely fit into the category of “news.” I prefer more well-written (and admittedly somewhat more snooty) sources like the New York Times and The Atlantic. However, BuzzFeed News just recently posted a fascinating article. It isn’t fascinating for the quality of its writing or the deep nuance of its insight. I actually find it to be somewhat stilted in its… Read more

Frederick Buechner on History

Frederick Buechner is among my favorite 20th century preachers and spiritual writers. The man has a way with words that few people (let alone clergy) possess. I cam across this quote from him earlier today and wanted to share it. “History” Unlike Buddhism or Hinduism, biblical faith takes history very seriously because God takes it very seriously. He took it seriously enough to begin it and to enter it and to promise that one day he will bring it to… Read more

What Does the Bible Mean When It Talks About the “Heart?”

If you have spent any amount of time in Christian circles, then you have heard mention of the importance of the “heart.” Of course this isn’t usually in reference to the actual organ in your chest (unless you go to church with a bunch of cardiovascular specialists). Instead it is usually used in reference to the innermost being of a person, or their soul. In all honesty evangelical language can often be quite vague on the meaning of the “heart.”… Read more

Thoughts on the Nashville Statement

I’ve been hesitant to comment on the Nashville Statement. This is mostly because so many other people have commented on it  already. It seems a little redundant to add yet another voice to the chorus of voices talking about it. However, in this case I’ll throw caution to the wind and venture some thoughts. Now if you are unaware of what exactly the Nashville Statement is, in short it’s a recent declaration issued by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood… Read more

It Is Right to Hate Evil: A Reflection on Charlottesville

We are right to hate evil, because we worship the God who will, one day, finally destroy it and free human creatures from its hold. Read more

Rowan Williams, Augustine, and the Insubstantiality of Evil

I have been working my way through Rowan Williams’ treatment of Augustine, On Augustine (Bloomsbury, 2016) as of late. Williams is one of my favorite theologians and, in my estimation, one of the most important theological minds of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Williams, an Anglican and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, is known for his academic work in theology as a whole. Indeed, one need only look up the list academic articles and books he has published to… Read more

Reviewing Richard Longenecker’s Book on Paul

The trend of lacking spare time and working many hours continues on through the dog days of summer. This of course means longer times between posts compared to the fall and spring. Never fear though, because I am still writing, albeit at a slower rate. In fact I just recently had a book review published in the Asbury Journal! It begins on p. 155 after you click the article link. I reviewed the revised and expanded edition of Richard Longenecker’s… Read more

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