Theology – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 20 May 2017 00:31:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Light in Darkness http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/12/27/light-in-darkness/ Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:01:50 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4550 It feels almost unseemly, hurling another post at you so soon after the last, given my long absence before. Think of me as the gregarious but wayward uncle, come to inhabit your kitchen for the Christmas season. He’ll likely take up his bag and be gone one morning without so much as a goodbye, but …

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The obscured man http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/12/12/the-obscured-man/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/12/12/the-obscured-man/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:24:14 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3744 This is not a comment about the reasoning of a Slate essayist, who wrote recently that the white Santa is outdated. This is not a comment about the Fox News talking head who took umbrage, asserting that not only Santa, but also Jesus, is white. This is not a comment about the predictable crowds who …

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Gentle disagreement http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/06/25/gentle-disagreement/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/06/25/gentle-disagreement/#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 01:47:33 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3687 I’ve been wrestling for weeks with how to be at peace with fellow Christians who also happen to be harmfully heretical (and popular) teachers. On the one hand, we’re all supposed to love one another and get along. On the other hand, love doesn’t dictate that we pretend a donkey is a unicorn, at least …

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On false compassion http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/03/04/on-false-compassion/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/03/04/on-false-compassion/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:08:41 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3640 The challenge when debating a liberal Christian is that he is bound by neither Scripture nor tradition but sentiment. He is therefore free to embrace both sin and sinner, and thereby appear more loving, more magnanimous, than his opponents. This magnanimity carries a subtle condescension, as in the first sentence of Dave Barnhart’s recent essay, …

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The scandal of the evangelical intellectual’s mind http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/21/the-scandal-of-the-evangelical-intellectuals-mind/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/21/the-scandal-of-the-evangelical-intellectuals-mind/#comments Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:11:15 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3633 A reasonable response to the accusation that the evangelical mind is insufficiently expansive is to ask to what dimensions its critics would like to see it expanded. That question springs to the lips when considering Biblical scholar Peter Enns’s contention that evangelical minds are not only confined, but are required to remain in confinement. “The …

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The Christianity of Chris http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/16/the-christianity-of-chris/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/16/the-christianity-of-chris/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:17:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3369 This is not one of those reflections on the death of Christopher Hitchens, in which the writer labors to bolt his meager little meteor to that man’s literary supernova. I’ve read enough of those to make me retch, if not from their insipid attempts to rival his prose, then from their shameless me-and-Hitch reveries (“Once …

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Careful what you pray for http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/12/20/careful-what-you-pray-for/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/12/20/careful-what-you-pray-for/#comments Mon, 20 Dec 2010 20:24:26 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3164 “You that cry out so loud for right and justice, Do you mean justice? deed and word and thought Judges in yourselves by one eternal measure Of absolute and incorruptible right? I do not think so. When you call for justice You would make God your bailiff, to collect Your legal dues; but not your …

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Without http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/16/without/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/16/without/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 14:02:27 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3030 Father Stephen Freeman, of Tennessee, writes about the importance of fasting as Orthodox Christians enter the Nativity Fast. His thoughts are useful for anyone, however, who wants to understand the value of fasting to the Christian. An excerpt: “If we fast but do not forgive our enemies – our fasting is of no use. If …

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Civic religion http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/11/civic-religion/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/11/civic-religion/#comments Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:52:29 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2739 Seton Hall history professor William Connell offers an informative defense of Columbus Day: “The holiday marks the event, not the person. What Columbus gets criticized for nowadays are attitudes that were typical of the European sailing captains and merchants who plied the Mediterranean and the Atlantic in the 15th century. Within that group he was …

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On what we know, don’t know, and think we know http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/09/30/on-what-we-know-dont-know-and-think-we-know/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/09/30/on-what-we-know-dont-know-and-think-we-know/#comments Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:56:28 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2657 I suspect the reality about American religious knowledge is actually better and worse than the results indicate. The internet is crackling with a minor fire about the results of a Pew survey which, as many news outlets put it, indicates that atheists know more about religion than Christians. A quick sampling of blogs enshrined to …

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