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On miracles

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 Posted in Theology | Comments Off on On miracles

"A miracle is not the breaking of the laws of the fallen world, it is the re-establishment of the laws of the kingdom of God..."  (Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, Living Prayer, p. 71-2)

Of God and Baal

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 Posted in The Artful Life, Theology | Comments Off on Of God and Baal

The great division within man is rooted not in ideology or religion or tribe, but in darkness and death, counterposed against light and life, which comes not from man but is placed within him. The line separating dark from light ...

Don’t do as I do, do as I say

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 Posted in Theology | 1 Comment »

This news from the BBC, about a rise in the number of pagan winter solstice celebrants in the UK, is disturbing. How could people raised in the Christian West miss the point that Christmas is about shopping until your debt rivals ...

Because circles, for the love of God, aren’t square

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 Posted in Theology | 68 Comments »

My family and I were on vacation, and so I missed the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth. I mean, July 10th happened where we were, it's just that he wasn't on my mind. I used to be a Calvinist. Many ...

Faith no more

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Posted in Curmudgeonry, Theology | 10 Comments »

I couldn't believe, when I first read it, that Harvard's chaplain is an atheist. Then I felt stupid for being surprised. That die was likely cast when Harvard's overseers struck Christo et Ecclesiae from its place surrounding Veritas on the university's seal. ...

Because I haven’t enough to read

Monday, February 9th, 2009 Posted in Theology, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

I need a recommendation. Specifically, a decent biography of John Calvin. By "decent biography," I mean something that is neither a hagiography nor a celebration of Reformation doctrine, which rules out anything, so far as I can tell, by Reformed scholars. ...

Not a Calvin fan

Friday, January 16th, 2009 Posted in Theology | 4 Comments »

Anthony Sacramone's take on Calvin, inspired by the Times Driscoll piece mentioned below: "God Hates You and Your Little Dog Too": "But I ended my sojourn among the Calvinists because their view of justification is not so much 'by faith alone' as it ...

Thou shalt not ask questions

Friday, January 16th, 2009 Posted in Theology | 7 Comments »

"They are sinning through questioning." This from the trendy-yet-authoritarian Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll, according to The New York Times, after two elders challenged his consolidation of church power. What's that verse about something going before a fall?

The light burden

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 Posted in Theology | 23 Comments »

This past Sunday I took a couple of my sons to St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita. If you're not familiar with the Orthodox services, a good portion of them are conducted while the congregation stands. After a particularly ...

Deconstructing the sola

Friday, December 5th, 2008 Posted in Theology | 6 Comments »

Some of my Protestant friends have the impression, inspired by lack of clarity on my part, as well as logical fallacies on the part of writers like Greg Bahnsen (who assumes sola scriptura in order to find it in Scripture), that to ...

Eloquence vs Utilitarianism

Friday, October 10th, 2008 Posted in Theology | Comments Off on Eloquence vs Utilitarianism

After reading John Wilson's delightful review of Denis Donoghue's On Eloquence, I made a note to eventually read the book. Listening to John Piper's recent muddle-headed misinterpretation of Wilson makes me wish I had time to read the book right away. In ...

Knowing God

Monday, September 29th, 2008 Posted in Theology | 47 Comments »

From Arthur McGill's Suffering: "In the Christian world today almost no one talks about God himself. Christians are preoccupied instead either with God's acts -- with the things that he gives us and the moral demands he makes on us, with ...

The Creation Ponders its Origin

Friday, July 25th, 2008 Posted in Theology | 1 Comment »

This from Elements of Faith, by Christos Yannaras: "The history of western man is a dialectic of submission and rebellion, where rebellion means in each case the choice of a different authority, consequently of a new submission, while the goal remains ...