• Theology •
July 12, 2006
The church is faced in the postmodern age by several distinct apologetic challenges. Internally, the church must defend the faith against ignorance, against compromise, against doctrinal apathy, and against denial. The church now suffers from a breathtaking deficit of doctrinal instruction and biblical truth. In some churches, the great truths of the Christian faith are unknown, and in others, these truths are left dormant and untaught. Beyond this, the very real dangers of doctrinal corrosion and heresy threaten.
July 10, 2006
Christians today are called to serve the cause of Christ at one of the crucial turning points in human history. This is a very strange time to proclaim and defend the Christian faith. Evangelism is difficult in an age when most persons think their most basic problems are rooted in a lack of self-esteem, and when personal choice is the all-determining reality of the marketplace. In the same way, the task of apologetics is complicated by the postmodern condition. How does one defend the faith to persons unwilling to make any judgment concerning truth?
June 22, 2006
The citations from Elizabeth Achtemeier and Basil the Great found within my commentary, “The God Who Names Himself,” are found in the book Speaking the Christian God: The Holy Trinity and the Challenge of Feminism, edited by Alvin F. Kimel, Jr. The book, published by Eerdmans in 1992, includes essays by several distinguished theologians and scholars. Kimel offers his own analysis in an essay entitled “The God Who Likes His Name: Holy Trinity, Feminism, and the Language of Faith.” In his essay, Kimel points to the deeply personal language by which God has named himself–especially in naming himself Father.
June 22, 2006
June 21, 2006
Calls for theological innovation and the employment of “theological imagination” are now routine among mainline Protestants and others prone to theological revisionism. Dismissive of doctrinal orthodoxy and biblical language as out of date, oppressive, patriarchal, and worse, the proponents of theological reformulation intend to restructure Christianity around an entirely new system of beliefs, playing with language even as they reinvent the faith.
June 20, 2006
June 16, 2006
The transcript for last night’s edition of CNN’s “Larry King Live” is available here. I will comment about the show, and be back to the regular blogging program starting Sunday night. Thank you for your prayer and concern as I recovered this week from eye surgery and dealt with responsibilities with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
June 12, 2006
June 12, 2006
June 7, 2006
Roger Kimball of The New Criterion argues that John Witherspoon should be rediscovered as “The Forgotten Founder.” As he explains, “This Scotch Presbyterian divine came to America to preside over a distressed college in Princeton, New Jersey, and wound up transmitting to the colonies critical principles of the Scottish Enlightenment and helped to preside over the birth and consolidation of American independence.”