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Monthly Archives: September 2007

Jesus and the Victory of God (4): Prodigals and Paradigms

In the final chapter of his introductory section, Wright engages in a close reading of the parable of the prodigal son (which is also the parable of the “prodigal father” in Wright’s reading) and then utilizes the interpretation of that parable as the analogy for his own methodology of studying Jesus amidst the sea of […]

“One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church”: What does it really mean?

In the Creed, which orthodox protestants affirm throughout the world in common with the Catholic and Orthodox traditions (leaving aside the issue of the filioque), we proclaim that we believe in “one holy, catholic, and apostolic church”.  This is an article of faith for all Christians.  Whatever else the church is, it is one, holy, […]

Jesus and the Victory of God (3): Back to the Future

In his third chapter, Wright edges closer to beginning his own constructive work on Jesus as he outlines in more detail the nature of his inquiry into the life of Jesus. Over-against the skeptical straitjacket which has been imposed on historical study by the Wredebahn scholars of the “New Quest” for the historical Jesus, Wright […]

Unity and the Papal Office: What alternative is there?

The Catholic Church, both in her praxis and in her solemn documents, holds that the communion of the particular Churches with the Church of Rome, and of their Bishops with the Bishop of Rome, is—in God’s plan—an essential requisite of full and visible communion. Indeed full communion, of which the Eucharist is the highest sacramental […]

Jesus and the Victory of God (2): Heavy Traffic on the Wredebahn

In his second chapter, Write begins to lay the foundation of his argument through an exhaustive examination of the history of Jesus scholarship. At the outset he notes two very broad and basic threads in such scholarship. The first takes its impetus from William Wrede’s “thoroughgoing skepticism” which believes we can know very little about […]

An Emergent Theology for Emerging Churches: A Review

In his contribution to the ever-expanding plethora of books on the emerging church, Ray Anderson seeks offer something of a unique contribution to churches that fall within the general umbrella of this contemporary movement. The book, in essence is an attempt at giving the emerging church a systematic theology, or at least the building blocks […]

Jesus and the Victory of God (1): Jesus now and Then

At the moment I am going through the second two volumes of N.T. Wright’s Christian Origins and the Question of God series.  Part of what I’m doing in reading the books is giving a review and summary of each chapter of both books.  I thought I might as well contribute them here, so occasionally over […]

The Persistence of Protestant Identity: More harm than good?

Are the Reformation churches over? Does the existence of distinct Protestant churches continue to serve the gospel? … Is the proclamation of that gospel in all that the church is, says, and does served by the continuing existence of Protestant churches in anything like their contemporary form?The issue is not whether the contribution of the […]

Radical Trinitarianism: §5.1: Transcendence & Divine Non-competitiveness

We come now to an examination of an all-important issue in Christian theology, that of the issue of divine transcendence.  Central to the Christian faith is the confession that God is the “creator of heaven and earth”; all that is exists simply and entirely because of God.  The Jewish and Christian confession that the God […]

Something a bit more lighthearted perhaps

As I’ve been posting on the last few days about the ambiguity of protestant identity, perhaps its time to calm down a bit and write about something more fun and simply.  Like man cards.  You know, the little points men/boys like myself award themselves for doing “man” things.  Like this weekend when I singlehandedly repaired […]

Apostolic Succession or Theological Continuity?

In a post I wrote a while back on the New Monasticism, I had a lengthy discussion with a Roman Catholic interlocutor that eventually became largely about the issue of apostolic succession and how that relates to the differences in protestant and Catholic ecclesiologies.  In the course of that discussion here was one of the […]

Protestantism and Catholicity

My recent post on remaining protestant has stimulated a fair bit of discussion about the whole mess of thorny ecumenical and theological issues between protestants and Roman Catholics.  At the heart of the issue for most of the protestant participants in the conversation – and I think this is a good representation of most of […]

Radical Trinitarianism: Update

My Radical Triniarianism series has lain dormant since July, but it has not been forgotten.  At present about one third of the series has been posted and I plan to devote most of my blogging attention in the next couple of months to this series.  So be on the lookout for the continuation of the […]

On Remaining Protestant

I was born an evangelical protestant, and despite my contentions with this tradition, I still find myself broadly situated therein.  However I am ambiguously so situated.  To my mind protestantism is always the question, the objection, the provisional mode of protest that takes place within the wider presupposition of the givenness of the Catholic church.  […]

McCabe on Sin and Fear

The root of all sin is fear: the very deep fear that we are nothing; the compulsion, therefore, to make something of ourselves, to construct a self-flattering image of ourselves we can worship, to believe in ourselves – our fantasy selves.  I think that all sins are failures in being realistic; even the simple everyday sins […]

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