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Monthly Archives: December 2006

Benedict XVI on the Word and Eucharist

For man, the will of God is not a foreign force of exterior origin, but the actual orientation of his own being. Thus the revelation of God’s will is the revelation of what our own being truly wishes – it is a gift. So we should learn anew to be grateful that in the word […]

Von Balthasar on Kenosis and The Trinity

The immanent Trinity must be understood to be that eternal, absolute self-surrender whereby God is seen to be, in himself, absolute love; this in turn explains his free, self-giving to the world as love, without suggesting that God “needed” the world process and the Cross in order to be himself . . . The Father, […]

Am I an Evangelical?: Interlude

Some months back I started my ‘Am I an Evangelical’ discussion with some opening descriptions of what I take evangelicalism and evangelicals to be. That post engendered a lot of discussion that I found most helpful in thinking through what it might mean to “define” evangelicalism. In so many ways evangelicalism really defies any attempt […]

Tillard on Communion and Witness

Based on the perspective that the early centuries adopt, the Church finds its initial form in a “communion” whose profound, invisible link is none other than the Spirit of the Lord, but it is the apostolic group in the act of witness that makes up the visible nucleus. The apostolic witness – words and “semia” […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: Outline

Here are all the posts in my Theology and Science series so they can be accessed more easily: Prelude I. Introduction II. The Evangelical Love Affair with Modern Science III. The Poetic Imagination of Objectivity Michael Polanyi (Part 1) Thomas Khun (Part 2) IV. Theological Perspectives Walter Brueggemann (Part 1) Lesslie Newbigin (Part 2) Stanley […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: Theological Perspectives (Part 3)

3. Stanley Grenz: Science and Eschatological RealismStanley Grenz has done much in the way of exploring the resources of Christian theology to engage the concerns of the postmodern culture. One key issue that comes to the fore in this discussion is epistemology, particularly the question of epistemological realism. This question has doubtless been floating at […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: Theological Perspectives (Part 2)

2. Lesslie Newbigin: Proper Confidence in a Pluralist Society As noted above, Newbigin’s work has achieved much attention and acclaim, particularly his work on pluralism and the issue of certainty in the Christian faith. Newbigin provides in many ways the theological application of Polanyi’s insights to the dialogue between theology and science. Newbigin notes that […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: Theological Perspectives (Part 1)

IV. Regaining a Theological Perspective on Objectivity and KnowledgeA critical point is being reached in constructing a theological response to the challenge of science. We have noted that science is considerably more limited and less intimidating than the standard evangelical approaches have often thought. Science, like theology is a particular, situated discipline embodied in a […]

Barth and de Lubac on the Church

The following sections are just a couple fragments from an essay I recently finished for an advanced ecclesiology seminar. In the paper I engage the ecclesiologies of Henri de Lubac and Karl Barth and try to show how both offer mutual correctives toward constructing an ecclesiology that is both Christological and Logocentric (Barth) and sacramental, […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern Word: The Poetic Imagination of ‘Objectivity’ (Part 2)

III. Scientists Deconstructing Science: The Poetic Imagination of ‘Objectivity’ (Part 2)2. Thomas Kuhn: Paradigm Shifts and the Priority of Worldview If Polanyi is responsible for laying the foundation of a new understanding of science, Thomas Kuhn must be recognized as the most influential voice to extend and articulate this new understanding of the nature of […]

Theology for Beginners

Ben Meyers at Faith and Theology has now completed his series “Theology for Beginners.” I cannot recommend it highly enough. For all the introductions to theology and primers out there, I have not seen anything like what Ben has done in these posts. They capture the heart of the gospel in its cruciform and trinitarian […]

And a Merry X-Files Christmas to All

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: The Poetic Imagination of Objectivity (Part 1)

III. Scientists Deconstructing Science: The Poetic Imagination of ‘Objectivity’ (Part 1) It should now be apparent that any theological approach to science must attempt to move beyond the standard modernist account. The modernist account of science pictures it as an objective, universal discipline that operates impartially on the basis of the scientific method, which is […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: The Love Affair of Evangelicalism and Modern Science

II. Outdoing the Scientists: The Love Affair of Evangelicalism and Modern Science Theology and science in the modern world have not seemingly had a happy coexistence. Issues of ‘creation v. evolution’ have cast the relationship between evangelicalism and science into a light that seems clearly to be one of contention. Thus, it seems hardly appropriate […]

Moltmann on America and Apocalypse

“Politically, humanity cannot afford more than ‘one America’, and the same can be said ecologically of the earth. If the whole world were ‘America’, the whole world would already have been destroyed. If all human beings were to drive as many cars as Germans and Americans, and drive them as much, the atmosphere would already […]

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