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Monthly Archives: July 2007

The Logos Eternally Incarnandus

The fundamental truth of the incarnation is that the human man, Jesus of Nazareth belongs to the eternal identity of God as the Son of the Father. This means that everything that Jesus is is part of the eternal Triune life. If we say that the incarnation is something that only takes place because of […]

My Peace I Leave with You: Exploring Theological Pacifisms

In the next few weeks I will be starting up a series of guest posts from Christian pacifists of different traditions. As John Howard Yoder observed in his book, Nevertheless, there are many kinds of Christian pacifists whose commitments to peace and nonviolence derive from many different ecclesial and theological commitments. I hope to explore […]

The Christ & Culture Question

Three brief proposals for thinking about the “Christ and Culture” question.  There is no Christ or culture in the abstract, but only the Jewish Jesus of history and particular cultures.  We cannot abstractly talk about the relationship between “Christ and culture” as if Christ and culture are static givens which can be coordinated vis a vis […]

Can there be a Christian Constantine?

In his book, Against Christianity, Peter Leithart argues (well, he doesn’t really argue, he articulates a vision in a self-consciously  piecemeal manner, actually much akin to theoblogging) in a very Radically Orthodox manner that the church is supremely political in its own being.  The church is, itself a culture, having its own sociology (which is theology) and […]

A Thought on Eucharistic Ethics

I’ve spoken earlier about the ethical significance of the trivial.  The suggestion put forth is that taking time for the trivial things in life, such as eating a meal, cooking, playing an instrument, cultivating friendships, and so on are all activities in which we make peace by taking time to live our lives free from […]

The Weekly Hauerwas: Why We Must Trivialize Ethics

In Stanley Hauerwas’ 1988 book, Christian Existence Today, one of his best essays, “Taking Time for Peace: The Ethical Significance of the Trivial” makes some fascinating points about what it might mean for Christians to live a ‘normal’ life given the reality of weapons of mass destruction.  He notes that the attitude that is encouraged, […]

A Thought on Catholicity

The term ‘catholic’ means something akin to ‘according to’ (kata-) ‘the whole’ (holos).  Usually this is taken to mean ‘universal’ in that a church is ‘catholic’ if it is connected to ‘the whole’, i.e. the one universal people of God.  However, I wonder about another possible way of understanding the term.  Perhaps it means not […]

J.P. Moreland & the Psychoses of Evangelical Cultural Engagement

I recently did something that I make it a point to never, ever, ever do.  I picked up a copy of a book by J.P. Moreland, Kingdom Triangle.  I was wrong to do it and I should have stuck to my guns and just put the book on the shelves after cataloging it at work.  […]

Salvation & the Church

Here is my theological proposal: to speak of salvation is to speak of the church.  Or, put differently when we say that God in Christ has saved the world, what we are really saying is that he has established the church.  This is a radical claim, and I think that Ephesians 2:14-22 sheds some light […]

A Thought on Fiction

Christians have a bad track record in being good readers of fictional literature.  Often Christians evaluate whether fictional books should be read based on whether they cohere with their version of “the Christian worldview”.  In other words, for many Christians, fiction simply serves the instrumental purpose of bolstering Christian convictions and books that don’t do […]

A Theology of Ribs

One of my passions is learning the fine art of smoking various meats and learning the nuances of regional forms of barbecuing.  I have now become known as the guy in my congregation that wants to throw parties centered on everyone eating brisket and well-rubbed and smoked ribs.  From the double-dry rubbed ribs of Memphis […]

The Weekly Hauerwas: Pietism & the Christian Intellectual Tradition

I’ve been reading Stanley Hauerwas for quite a few years and have read most of his many and scattered writings.  And I think it’s about time I start posting a bit more on his theology, as I probably know his work better than any other theologian’s.  So, I’m going to start bringing all seven of […]

Nice

You scored as Harry Potter, You can be a little reckless and hot-headed at times, but a more brave and courageous friend would be hard to find. Harry Potter 80% Sirius Black 75% Remus Lupin 75% Albus Dumbledore 70% Draco Malfoy 70% Hermione Granger 65% Ron Weasley 60% Ginny Weasley 55% Severus Snape 45% Lord […]

A Thought on Language

Why is there any debate whatsoever about whether we can ever know something that is “extra-linguistic”?  How could there be anything more commonsensical than the fact that the only categories we ever do any developed thinking in are linguisitic categories?  There is no way for us to ever come to know anything outside of a […]

Irenaeus on the Visio Dei

For as those who see the light are within the light, and partake of its brilliancy; even so, those who see God are in God, and receive of His splendour. But His splendour vivifies them; those, therefore, who see God, do receive life. And for this reason, He, although beyond comprehension, and boundless and invisible, […]

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