September 2013 Archives

Mind and Cosmos

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Thomas Nagel. Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 130 pp.  Hardcover: $24.95.There are basically three types of modern atheists: soft atheists, hard atheists, and conflicted atheists. Soft... continue

Serial Choice? Hermeneutics and a High View of the Bible"

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The grocery store cereal aisle has become a common metaphor for distinguishing the West from the rest of the world, and rightly so. Just after we moved to Eastern Europe years ago, my family and I began the hunt for cereal in our city. In due course, we found three cereal options. Yes, three. First we were disappointed, then resentful. Really? Only Honey Nut Cheerios, off-brand corn flakes and Muesli? continue

Covenantal Apologetics

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K. Scott Oliphint, Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013, 277pp. $19.99In his latest work, Covenantal Apologetics, K. Scott Oliphint seeks to recast Cornelius Van Til's presuppositional apologetics as "covenantal apologetics" - a... continue

Nor the Heart of Man Imagined

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The problem of suffering, sin and evil, in its myriad forms, is the most difficult problem that any Christian faces. The problem is sometimes construed too abstractly, as if it were only an intellectual problem. But it isn't. It is an intensely human problem, a pastoral problem, a global problem, a problem that everyone lives and breathes. Anyone who lives in this world, daily, even multiple times per day, recognizes the reality of evil and suffering in this world. Suffering is a universal iron blanket that covers the entirety of the world; it affects everyone, it presses down on us with relentless pressure, and it never abates. The effects of suffering and evil squeeze on us with such massive weight, that they threaten to crush us and render us virtually paralyzed. continue

God is Impassible and Impassioned

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Rob Lister, God is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013, 333 pp. $22.99.The Westminster Confession of Faith affirms that God is "without body, parts, or passions" (2.1). Perhaps most evangelicals would agree immediately that... continue

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Theological Transition

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When one hears the name Harriet Beecher Stowe, the inevitable association is made with her most well-known novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. But, in addition to Uncle Tom's Cabin, she published several novels, personal recollections, shorter works, specifically religious writings, and stories for children, which were compiled and published in sixteen volumes as The Writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1896). Mrs. Stowe published four books known collectively as her New England novels: The Minister's Wooing (1859), The Pearl of Orr's Island (1862), Oldtown Folks (1869), and Poganuc People (1878). The novels were published over a nineteen-year period and provide a perspective through Stowe's characters of her own change in thinking regarding theology. Some of the recurring topics in the series include: Calvinism in general, Arminianism, regeneration and salvation, the Puritan Sabbath, original sin, and the Episcopal Church. The page references used in the following citations to Oldtown Folks refer to volumes 10 and 11 of Stowe's Writings. But before entering Stowe's New England painted with the brush of her memories in Oldtown Folks, some biographical information will be helpful. continue

An Introduction to German Pietism

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Douglas H. Shantz, An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, 520 pp. $32.00"The ideologies and institutions of modernity are...the tangled continuation, development, and extension of late medieval... continue

Our Make-Believe Parents: When Adam Becomes More Fiction than Fact

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In Sunday School rooms across a wide spectrum of churches, you will find Bible storybooks that, around page one, display pictures of Adam and Eve, with illustrators using their best judgment on whether to use well-placed leaves, strategic cropping, or selective poses appropriately to censor the reality of Adam and Eve's nakedness. It's the beginning of our story, and the beginning is sometimes as important as the end. But that reality, and more importantly our first parents' existence, has been and continues to be challenged and denied by some voices even within the church. continue

Should Christians Love Their Country?

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In a provocative article published on reformation21.org on July 2, Rick Phillips offered some thoughts on the meaning of Christian patriotism in an America that is changing rapidly. Phillips eschewed any identification of America with the kingdom of God, framing his reflections within the context of the two kingdoms doctrine. continue
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