What should we think of Athanasius’s ferocious condemnations of those he termed “Arians”?
Just got this in the mail; a very thorough symposium on Dr. Keith Ward’s Christ and the Cosmos,
Is the theory that Jesus has “two natures” more trouble than it’s worth?
“… and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
A tightly knit religious group can ignore outsiders’ criticisms indefinitely. But when insiders…
Here’s part of a conversation I had recently with a guy in a Facebook group who when it comes to theology consumes almost only evangelical apologetics sources. I’m going to call him “T” here. I think the conversation illustrates a blind spot that I often run into, a blind spot which results from people who […]
In this talk from the 2016 Theological Conference, Pastor Sean Finnegan discusses the biblical data about why Jesus died, and lays out seven options for understanding Jesus’s unique atonement.
Should we defend what we think are biblical, yet unintelligible or seemingly incoherent claims as “mysteries”?
10 steps towards getting less confused about the Trinity – #3 Take the mystery out of appeals to “mystery” – Part 4
For a few of the most serious and clever among us, mystery-mongering dies hard. They will stubbornly resist my previous attack on positive mysterianism about the Trinity, kicking back hard. I knew all along that the Trinity was going to be mysterious. And so now that I’ve discovered one way in which it is mysterious, […]
Trinitarian theology is not served by sophistry, cheerleading, or ignoring relevant work. In this episode, I discuss five more apologetics face-plants about the Trinity.
10 steps towards getting less confused about the Trinity – #3 Take the mystery out of appeals to “mystery” – Part 2
Continuing our survey from last time, fifth, sometimes “the Trinity is a mystery” means that the doctrine of the Trinity is unintelligible, or nearly so. Some ancient “church Fathers” hold that the doctrine of the Trinity can’t be literally understood, so that we’re forced to use analogies to describe it, all of which are very bad […]
Apologetics is hard, because it’s hard be an expert on more than a few subjects. There’s a strong pressure to just recycle bad arguments and wrongheaded claims propounded by other apologists.
Should Dr. Ehrman become a member of “the early high christology club”?
10 steps towards getting less confused about the Trinity – #3 Take the mystery out of appeals to “mystery” – Part 1
Equivocal terms are the enemy of clear thinking. It is common to hear that the Trinity is “a mystery.” But what does “mystery” mean here? Sometimes all that is meant is that the triune God is a great, wonderful, and complicated reality. Call this the honorific sense of “mystery.” It’s not unlike calling a book […]
What is it to be a “heretic”? And what is “heresy”? Different Christian traditions approach these questions differently. But how does the New Testament approache them? Thanks to Dan and Sharon Gill of the excellent 21st Century Reformation website and Higher Ground Church, for producing and posting this video of my 2015 talk. Check out […]