My own position is quite clear on this, that I have supported women Bishops in print and in person. I’ve spoken in Synod in favour of going that route, but I don’t think it’s something that ought to be done at the cost of a major division in the Church.
- Jason Goroncy points out some interesting articles from Sarah Coakley on science and religion. Quoting Coakley,
I propose in contrast that God is “kenotically” or self-sacrificially infused (not by divine loss or withdrawal, but by an over-generous pouring out) into every causal joint of the creative process, yet precisely without overt disruption of apparent “randomness.”
- Fred Sanders celebrates B.B. Warfield’s birthday by listing his three favorite Warfield essays.
The title of “America’s Greatest Theologian” is pretty universally ceded to Jonathan Edwards, and after him there is a tight race for “Second Greatest.” In my opinion, Warfield is a contender for that second slot.
- The Christian Humanist has an interesting discussion on heresy and the early creeds, specifically addressing with the early creeds alone are sufficient for defining what “heresy” really is. HT
- James McGrath is feeling generous. Head over to his blog to win a copy of Science, Creation, and the Bible and/or Constructing Jesus.
- Who would have thought that the weirdest ad I’ve seen in a while would be for a new Scrabble game.
- And, apparently scientists are getting close to making a real Harry Potter invisibility cloak.
- Stuart points out a great story about atheists “de-baptising” people with hair dryers. What will they come up with next?
- NYT has a couple of opinion pieces. Frank Rich argues that the downfall of Mel Gibson parallels the decline of the Christian right over the last few years. And Maureen Dowd comments on the new Vatican policies regarding the sex abuse scandal and the ordination of women.
- C. Michael Patton has a very nice graphic for explaining what it means to be an evangelical. And James McGrath offers an infographic showing how states handle evolution in in their curricular standards. I was surprised to see how few make any explicit mention of evolution in their standards.
- Sara Coakley has finished a 3-part series on “Rethinking the Sex Crises in Catholicism and Anglicanism” (see also here and here).
- John Mark Reynolds discusses in a Washington Post forum whether all religions are the same. He argues that in religion, like in physics, small differences matter.
- A foundation has donated $400k to a California seminary (CDSP) to write liturgies for gay wedding ceremonies in Episcopal churches. This is interesting for at least two reasons. First, the Episcopal church has not officially recognized gay marriages yet (emphasis on yet). Second, I had not idea it cost $400k to write a liturgy.
- Kevin DeYoung offers a very interesting graph showing (colorfully) the change in religious affiliation from childhood to adulthood. It’s particularly interesting to see the transfers in affiliation from one group to another.
- The Vatican has caused a bit of an uproar (they’re good at that) over its decision to make the ordination of women a serious crime on par with pedophilia.
- Patheos has an interesting set of posts on whether there’s a widening political rift in evangelicalism. (HT)
- Christopher Benson has a nice post on Postmodernism (nice list of resources) and whether we should now be talking about a distinctively “Biola School” of philosophy that is characterized by “analytic philosophy, a revised foundationalist epistemology, a classical evidentialist apologetics (indeed, it tends to reduce philosophy to apologetics), and a biblicist notion of propositional revelation.”
- The Independent has a nice article on the continued tension in the Church of England regarding the ordination of women.
- If you still haven’t read Matt Mikalatos’ Imaginary Jesus, there’s a contest over at The Church of Jesus Christ to win a free copy. Go check it out.
- James McGrath offers a roundup of links dealing with the complex relationship between faith, reason, and evidence.
- Larry Hurtado has posted another article (does he have a whole stack of these just sitting on his desk?), this time on the ending of Mark.
- Jesus Creed has a short review of Hipster Christianity: When Church and God Collide that looks interesting. We have plenty of “hip” churches in the Portland area, so I may get this one to see what he has to say about hip Christianity.
- And, if you witness a car accident and it looks like the people inside the car have been horribly injured, apparently you should check first to see if they’re really dressed up like zombies.