Thinking Clearly About the Christian Faith

I am recording an email conversation that a fellow seminary student and I had a few days ago. As you will read below, “John” (I’ve changed his name for privacy purposes) and I discussed why deep study of systematic and dogmatic theology seems to be lacking in Wesleyan circles. Of course, my response here is influenced [Read More…]

America’s Secular Paganism

Over at The Atlantic Peter Beinart has a fantastic article on the fury and invective that rising secularism has brought about in socio-political discourse, particularly in the recent election. I won’t spoil the article for you (it really is a great piece) but, in essence, Beinart argues that the decline in religious participation—particularly traditionally Christian participation—has brought about [Read More…]

Longing For Home

The reality of space and place is often lost on us as post-Enlightenment Westerners. We forget that where we are from, where we are currently, and where we are going all have a formative role on us as persons. As Christians, you’d think we would be more aware of the importance of space and place [Read More…]

Roger Scruton and Human “Animals”

Roger Scruton is consistently a breath of fresh air in the world of philosophical thought. In a world of voices like Daniel Dennett, who seek to deny the whole subjective, intentional “I” of human personhood (which of course undercuts Dennett’s own intentional statements in his writing; the assemblage of matter that has been labeled “Daniel [Read More…]

Michael Gungor and Misunderstanding Atonement

In the American evangelical world you never really have to worry that debates about  atonement theories will stop and come to some form of consensus. For when a peace of some sort begins to settle over the world as to whether Christus Victor, substitution, Girardian scapegoat, or some sort of neo-Abelardian moral exemplar theory is [Read More…]

The Task of Biblical Exegesis

My last few posts have centered around the Bible and the need for good biblical interpretative practices. In that vein, a quote I recently read offers some fantastic illumination on the topic of good biblical interpretation. While reading through Scott Hahn’s Kinship by Covenant: A Canonical Approach to the Fulfillment of God’s Saving Promises (Yale University [Read More…]

The Importance of Reading the Bible Well

Interpreting Scripture well requires training, time, and guidance. If we are going to read the Bible in such a way that we seek not only to interpret the authorial intent of its human writers well, but also the intent of the Spirit Who guided them, then we have to bring all of our rational and [Read More…]

“There is an Is”

I’ve been listening through the audiobook version of G. K. Chesterton’s biography/hagiography/general musings on Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas Aquinas (Sheed and Ward, 1923; repr., Dover, 2009). Chesterton really is one of the greatest writers and essayists of the twentieth century. Very few can take something as technical as the life and philosophy of Aquinas and [Read More…]

So, What Is the Bible Anyway?

One of the things that I often get asked about by people in churches, as well as by fellow students of the Christian faith, is how we understand subjects like divine inspiration and authority in relation to the Bible and its history of human authorship and composition. Especially for evangelicals who have grown up in [Read More…]

Artificial Intelligence and The Confusion of Our Age

Elon Musk is saying outlandish things again. Several months ago, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said that “chances are we are all living in a simulation.” Thankfully, other writers have contested this in a kinder manner than I would have (the words I have for Musk’s theory are something along the lines of “utter nonsense” and [Read More…]