Archive for December, 2011

On Christian Feminism

December 30, 2011

Roger Olson, a committed egalitarian (and he describes just how committed!), takes on elements of one type of Christian feminism he finds problematic. Here’s the key points:

I have two main problems with feminist theology including Wren’s (and similar) liturgical revisioning. First, it is not clear to me at all that there original revelation (e.g., scripture) is normative. It seems to me that something called “women’s experience” and “feminist consciousness” is elevated to that level. The result is that “anything goes” so long as it is liberating and culturally relevant …Second, closely related to the first, is that the cross tends to get left behind in feminist theology and liturgy.

Free Training

December 29, 2011

Discovered a link to this course by Timothy George on the Theology of the Reformers (and a bunch of other courses too at the site). Worth a look.

Via Marc Cortez at Transformed Blog.


Top Ten Theology Stories

December 29, 2011

Collin Hanson provides his list. They’re mostly fine, though some seem to be less theological stories than stories to which one might provide some theological insight (e.g., the death of Osama bin Laden). In these cases, the story is not actually the theological story – but I guess the interpretation side exists for all of them at some level.

What Literature Owes the Bible

December 29, 2011

From Marilynne Robinson, an essay on what literature owes the Bible.

Literature and the Bible

December 24, 2011

Marilyn Robinson talks about the debt literature owes to the Bible.

Why Young Adults Leave Church

December 24, 2011

Pete Enns describes a recent Barna survey of why young adults leave the church. Not much by way of comment, but the description is pretty challenging all on its own. I’m not sure there are many thinking deeply about to deal with this multi-faceted challenge.

Is War Going Out of Style

December 21, 2011

This NY Times opinion piece by Joshua Goldstein and Steven Piker argues that war is going out of style for a variety of reasons. This is not to say there is no violence or that problems don’t exist, but they are generally smaller in scale and less traditionally war-like. 

I hope they’re right, but I have doubts that they are. They make a good case for a recent reduction in war over the last few decades, but I don’t think it would take much for there to be a renewal of the practice in at least some areas. To be sure, it may be that a certain cultural softness will make war harder, and increase various forms of soft despotism. They point to trends on slavery, cannibalism, etc. as perhaps precedents. Yet slavery still thrives in certain parts of the world, and the capacity for evil in the human heart has not diminished. I think it more likely that we will see wars, but ones driven and practiced in different ways. I hope I’m wrong.

On Genesis 1

December 21, 2011

Here’s a discussion of some of the grammatical features of the text. In the end, our interpretation has to match with the features found in the text…

Why it might be wrong to move right or left…

December 21, 2011

This post (whatever you might think of the particular targets) highlights something that has frustrated me for a long time. The slightest deviation in a “non-conservative” direction (no matter how one defines it, including stuff for which we have no clear biblical teaching) gets one slapped silly, while deviations in more conservative directions (even if extreme, irrational, and even destructive to the mission and witness of the church) are tolerated. One of the biggest problems with much of more strident fundamentalism.

Wish it weren’t so, but in some circles I know, using a Steve Green song was treated like apostacy, but saying the the King James Bible was inspired and that you could only be saved through that specific translation was just a quirky thing some people believed. Just to make the point very concrete.

Subtle Discrimination

December 21, 2011

Ann Althouse posted a while back about how some claimed gender discrimination in the ranks of academic philosophy. I don’t think we can use the “smoker” to explain the problem in the Evangelical Theology Society.