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Monthly Archives: May 2009

The God of Atheism

Seriously, how much does Herbert McCabe rule? Reading Eagleton lately has made me need to go back and read the real thing. Unlike the new atheists that Eagleton roundly eviscerates, McCabe displays with the utmost profundity that all true criticism of “the gods” that enslave humanity comes precisely from Christianity itself: “Christianity begins with out […]

Theology Blogging Pet Peeve

Ok, one thing I seriously can’t stand among theology bloggers is when the blog consists of virtually nothing other than of notifications about the author’s most recently published books, articles, or reviews. Admittedly there aren’t tons of blogs that perpetrate this, but there are plenty where such announcements take up far too large a percentage […]

A Missionary Ethic of Incarnation

“If we cannot transcend the vulnerability of belief by positing as accessible a nonparticular ‘natural,’ might we then celebrate confessionally that light and truth have taken on the vulnerability of the particular? That would then call for and empower a missionary ethic of incarnation. “The Challenge will still remain to find ways to translate and […]

1,000 Posts and Counting…

This marks my one thousandth blog post. Thanks and appreciation to all who read the stuff I write and somehow find it interesting. Here’s to doubling my total before the end of the year!

The Bible is God!

Crazy insane video after the jump. Enjoy.

Good News About the New Dogmatics

Oh thank God.

The Holiness of Book Acquisition

Turns out that radical biblioholism goes back to the earliest days of Christianity. Mike Gorman has recently posted this great quote from Epiphanius on how acquiring books makes us less inclined to sin: The acquisition of Christian books is necessary for those who can use them. For the mere sight of these books renders us […]

More of Eagleton’s Quips

Eagleton seems to be the king of disarming, funny one-liners. For example: With dreary predictability, Daniel C. Dennett defines religions at the beginning of his Breaking the Spell as “social systems whose participants avow belief in a supernatural agent or agents whose approval is to be sought,” which as far as Christianity goes is rather […]

Eagleton on Dawkins and Creation

Terry Eagleton’s new book, Reason, Faith, and Revolution is, like most Eagleton books eminently entertaining and easy to read. I’ll have more developed (and actually rather critical) thoughts on the book later, but for now I’ll leave you with one of Eagleton’s trademark rhetorical flourishes: Creation “out of nothing” is not testimony to how devilishly clever God […]

Cavanaugh on the Eucharist

William Cavanaugh has an article in the Other Journal on torture and the Eucharist in America. It won’t be anything new to folks that have read any of his books, but its worth a look if you haven’t. Here’s a quote: The Eucharist is not just about seeing the world in a certain way, but […]

Scripture and Catholicity

From a provocative lecture by Oliver O’Donovan, that Byron helpfully points us to: “No collective spiritual exercise, no sacrament, no act of praise or prayer is so primary to the catholic identity of the church gathered as the reading and recitation of Scripture. It is the nuclear core. When Paul instructed his letters to be […]

New Christian Book Ideas

The Internet Monk has a rather hilarious list of potential new Christian books he’s working on. A few of my favorites: The Snack: The Snack is the story of a man who receives a message from God in a Little Debbie oatmeal cake and is told by God to meet him at the Montgomery Biscuits’ […]

Proclamation and Theology

Again from Barth: Like the subject-matter of Christianity, Church proclamation must also remain free in the last resort, free to receive the command which it must always receive afresh from the free life of the subject matter of Christianity. Church proclamation and not dogmatics is immediate to God in the Church. Proclamation is essential, dogmatics […]

The Constant Uneasiness of Theology

Barth’s ruminations on theological method are interesting on multiple levels, not the least of which is the way his thought bears on how we understand the relationship(s) between Christian theology and ideology (critique). The Church can neither question its proclamation absolutely nor correct it absolutely. It can only exert itself to see how far it […]

Serious Theology

Barth certainly can always boast of his energy. Even in the most technical sections of the Church Dogmatics (and CD I/1 is almost certainly that) there is nothing but pure energeticness when it comes to the material of theology: the proclamation of the gospel: Again, how disastrously the Church must misunderstand itself if it can […]

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