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Flotsam and jetsam (11/9)

  • Michael Patton reflects on “closet doctrines” – those doctrines we believe but prefer not to admit to non-Christians.

Closet doctrines are those doctrines that we might believe, but we hide, especially to those for whom Christian truth is a novelty. In short, they are those beliefs that we are somewhat embarrassed by.

the experiential nature of faith, the spiritual mark of delight in God, and the expectation of pervasive joy are not the inventions of John Piper. Nor are they owing only to the influence of Edwards and the Great Awakening. They go back to the Reformers themselves.

What am I getting at? I am concerned that evangelicals, by and large, approach the OT with an unbiblical dependency on the NT. Since the NT is newer revelation and offers a more developed view of God’s redeeming purposes, it becomes the key by which we “unlock” the meaning of what has come before it. There is no overt discrimination against the OT, just a lack of deep engagement with it as meaningful, relevant revelation in its own right.

  • And, here’s an interesting list of 10 movies stuck in development hell. Hollywood definitely needs to get some of these taken care of. I don’t care if they ever make a movie about Halo, but Ender’s Game would be fabulous and The Sandman is long overdue.

Flotsam and jetsam (10/13)


David Kelsey’s theological anthropology

I have finally decided that it’s time to start working my way through David Kelsey’s Eccentric Existence: A Theological Anthropology (WJK, 2009). I’ve decided to call this Kelsey’s longum opus. With two volumes and 1,694 pages, I should be finished reading it by 2015. He even takes after Barth and includes quite a few “small print” excurses.

I will post some thoughts on the book as I work my way throw, mostly as a point of accountability to make sure that I persevere. Feel free to make fun of me if I let quite a bit of time lapse between posts.