Theology

What is the Point?

Recently I was at the ETS and then SBL/AAR con­fer­ences in the US, with about 15,000 peo­ple descend­ing on San Diego for the SBL/AAR con­fer­ence alone. While one of the Ridley lec­tur­ers, Andrew Malone, and I were head­ing out for din­ner we encoun­tered a lady who chal­lenged us on what…

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Enclave Theology and Social Identity

Mike Bird has a brief piece over here on the preva­lence of Enclave Theology: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2014/10/enclave-theology/ which relates back to the pre­vi­ous post on how labels are used in schol­ar­ship. He quotes from George Hunsinger By ‘enclave’ the­ol­o­gy, I mean a the­ol­o­gy based nar­row­ly in a sin­gle tra­di­tion that seeks not…

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Larry Hurtado on Labels in Scholarship

This morn­ing I noticed that Larry Hurtado has blogged on the preva­lence of reduc­tion­is­tic and entrenched camp labels and their usage in schol­ar­ship. I must say I couldn’t agree more with the sen­ti­ment and how poi­so­nous reduc­tion­is­tic and pejo­ra­tive labels can be. Both when they are used to shore up weak and…

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TGC on the Mars Hill Postmortem

Following on from the last post I see that TGC has their 4 points of Mars Hill Postmortem, over here: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2014/10/16/the-mars-hill-postmortem/ Their fourth point is rough­ly the point I was mak­ing in a cliff note form. I do encour­age you to read their first three points though. But per­haps most poignant…

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A Cult of Personality — whose persona to follow?

Originally I wasn’t going to write on this top­ic, but this morn­ing I was read­ing an old friend’s blog and start­ed think­ing about the sit­u­a­tion, and these thoughts became notes, and became a small com­ment, and now this brief post. So the log­i­cal start­ing point for this post is here: http://www.dylanmalloch.com/2014/10/mark-driscoll-theology-vs-behaviour.html and…

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Pope Francis a Universalist? Perhaps.…

In the midst of oth­er world­wide the­o­log­i­cal furores, and local stuff with hereti­cal bish­ops and the like, it seems that even Pope Francis is tak­ing his share of the lime­light. According to the Huff this week Pope Francis strong­ly implied a uni­ver­sal­ist posi­tion with his state­ment: “The Lord has redeemed…

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