- Roger Olson argues (lengthily) that Arminianism is legitimately evangelical.
Arminians affirm everything necessary for a fully evangelical soteriology; Calvinists require more. Why?
- Adam Neder has begun a series arguing that Calvin really was human.
I simply want to introduce you to a side of him that you may not know, and hopefully to persuade you that he does, after all, belong to the human race. And I want to do that by focusing on two of his close friendships.
- Brian LePort discusses Gadamer and biblical interpretation.
I have been taught the historical-grammatical approach to biblical hermeneutics both as an undergraduate student and as a graduate student. It has been useful, but it always left me wondering how this approach allows for the Scriptures to be the book of the church rather than merely an open source. It was not until this last semester when I encountered the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer that my paradigm was shaken.
- Denny Burk offers a lengthy discussion of the textual problem in Luke 23:34 and why think thinks many experts are wrong when they conclude that Jesus’ prayer “Father, forgive them…” was not original.
- Derek Ouellette describes his first visit to an Eastern Orthodox church.
- Collin Hansen discusses the 10 most-searched-for Bible verses at Bible Gateway, and what he thinks is missing from the list.
- And, apparently it is possible to paralyze someone by giving them a hickey.
- Halden posts some great thoughts about ecumenical dialog, particularly with Anabaptist traditions, and a kind of naive theological “give and take” that often shapes such dialog.
- Don Carson’s series on “The God Who Is There” is now available for download in both audio and video formats. According to the website, “The series is geared toward “seekers” and articulates Christianity in a way that causes hearers either to reject or embrace the gospel. It’s one thing to know the Bible’s storyline, but it’s another to know one’s role in God’s ongoing story of redemption.”
- Joe Lunceford discusses what he thinks are some key ways that “fundamentalists” distort scripture when discussing gender roles.
- Mike Bird discusses the way that justification by faith undercuts racism. (That, by the way, would have been a much better title than his “Justification by faith and racism.” I sure hope we’re not justified by racism.)
- Scott Bailey points out that you can download a .pdf of Emmanuel Tov’s Scribal Practices and Approaches Reflected in the Texts found in the Judean Desert (STDJ 54; Leiden: Brill, 2004) here.
- This year’s Booker prize longlist has been announced.
- And, if you want to understand more about the WikiLeaks controversy, Jon Stewart offers his usual trenchant analysis.
- N.T. Wright has a fantastic review of Michael Ward’s Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis, explaining Ward’s basic thesis that each of the seven Narnia books are “themed” after one of the seven planets in the medieval cosmology. (HT Euangelion)
- Evangelical Textual Criticism announces a plan to collect resources in NT textual criticism and make them available through the blog.
- Sects and Violence makes some interesting comments about what it’s like to be a Bible scholar at a time when everyone thinks they’re a Bible scholar. (HT Scotteriology)
- Brian offers a bit of a “coming out” statement on why he decided not to be politically affiliated with a particular party any more.
- Salmon Rushdie and Elie Wiesel discuss modern challenges to freedom of speech, with Rushdie arguing that “we are in danger of losing the battle for freedom of speech.”
- And, I couldn’t resist posting Jim West’s comment on Fox TV: “Fox really is to TV what BP is to the Gulf of Mexico.”