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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Rowan Williams on True Ethics

The crucial question that has to be asked in the Christian moral evaluation of act or character is, does it speak of the God whose nature is self-dispossession for the sake of the life of the other? of the commitment and dependability of the divine action towards the creation? of the divine relinquishment of ‘interest’ […]

Kevin Vanhoozer on Hermeneutics & Culture

Performing the story of Jesus leads to an interpretive practice that challenges the predominant cultural trend. The story of Jesus is one of humiliation and exaltation, in that order. Hearing and doing the story of Jesus produces a style of life characterized by humility, service and love… The church should be the model for the […]

James Cone on Universal and Particular

I realize that my theological limitations and my close identity with the social conditions of black people could blind me to the truth of the gospel. And maybe our white theologians are right when they insist that I have overlooked the universal significance of Jesus’ message. But I contend that there is no universalism that […]

Divine and Human Action: Seeking a Non-Competitive Account

In recent accounts of ecclesiology and ethics, certain thinkers, seeking to give due weight to the priority of divine action over the church’s response have argued that a properly theo-centric account of the church’s practices must see them merely as secondary response to God’s word – never are they seen as a participation in it. […]

Tanner’s 2007 Warfield Lectures

David, Chris, and Travis have all collaborated to bring us non-Princeton students some excellent summaries of Kathryn Tanner’s recent lectures at Princeton Seminary, the theme being “Christ as Key”. Tanner interects with a variety of themes, largely connected to the Trinity, the Kingdom and social and political theory (with a forray into the atonement). A […]

John Howard Yoder on the New Society

When He called His society together, Jesus gave its members a new way of life to live. He gave them a new way to deal with offenders – by forgiving them. He gave them a new way to deal with violence – by suffering… He gave them a new way to deal with a corrupt […]

Christ as Culture: Against the Logos Asarkos

A crucial question that daunts theological engagements with culture is how it is that Christ is present to the cultures of the world. Is Christ totally removed from the cultures of the world or does he permeate them in such a way that all cultures have some level of communion with God through Christ? Such […]

Jenson on Dissent & Facism

Political nihilism is called “facism.” It seems unlikely that America will experience the metaphysical spasm of a European-style facist government. But the dread possibility is that our unmetaphysical nation may reach the other side of facism without faving to go through the spasm. We may now be achieving the self-sustaining chaos which was facism’s distant […]

Francis Cardinal George on Sectarianism

The community of Jesus Christ does not seek to take over the reigns of political power, rather it seeks to create a culture. The debate over the relationship of church and state has become now a conversation on the relationship of faith and culture. The faith creates culture by being boldly and unapologetically itself…In the […]

Against the Simulacra

The vocabulary of soteriology has been applied by theologians to the contemporary realities of the nation-state, capitalism, consumerism, and globalization. The basic case is that the political arrangements that have arisen out of the modern nation-sate have an intrinsically soteriological pretension built into them. The modern nation-state, and the market of global capitalism that has […]

More on the New Monasticism

In my last post on the new monasticism, quite a lively discussion was generated regarding the viability of Protestant ecclesiology in general. I’d be curious about further discussions related to this whole topic. Now, this movement as a whole is broadly ecumenical, the first book bearing “new monasticism” in the title included essays from persons […]

Theology in Lenten Time

What does it mean to repent from the idolatries of our culture? This is certainly one of the central questions of Lent. And here I think we need to learn a lesson from Monasticism. Monasticism has always been a movement within the church universal. A movement of protest. Monasticism has always insisted that, contrary to […]

Theological Reading in the Christian Year

I’ve often thought of what it might mean for Christian intellectuals (i.e. aspiring theologians like myself and, I imagine most of my readership here) to try to shape their academic/theological reading in a way that orients it properly toward worship. This led me to wonder how it might be possible for theological reading to take […]

Against Disembodiment: Why H. Richard Niebuhr was Gnostic

Questions of the relationship between Christ, the church, and culture are as old as the church itself. However, way in which such questions have been framed over the last century has been undoubtedly shaped in large part by the landmark study of H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture. It would be hard to overestimate the […]

Jenson on the Identity of God

In Jesus’ resurrection, the identity of the God of promise became clear. The news of Jesus’ death and resurrection is a claim on behalf of a God unequivocally identified as a God of unconditional promise: of life precisely in spite of, indeed using and transforming, death; of fulfillment in spite of, indeed including alienation. “God […]

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