Blogs by Carl Trueman

Turbulent Priests: The Guilty Pleasure I

Article by   September 2010
Most of us have guilty pleasures which we enjoy, which are not in themselves particularly immoral, but of which might still be ashamed in certain contexts.  My musical GP for example, is Meatloaf.  That will be incomprehensible to anyone older... continue

Thought for the Day from GKC

Article by   September 2010
Here is a striking quotation from G K Chesterton, writing in the context of a discussion of Aquinas's criticism of the slippery medieval theologian/philosopher, Siger of Brabant:"It is a fact that falsehood is never so false as when it is... continue

In Praise of the Generalist III: Some Suggestions

Article by   September 2010
If being a generalist is, as I have argued, not simply possible but more than ever necessary, how does one set about becoming one?The first part (indeed, 90%) of the answer is likely the most unwelcome: disciplined use of time. ... continue

Two Notable Westminster Events

Article by   September 2010
As WTS kicked off the 2010-11 year this week, there were two notable events.  First, the Seminary Student President compiled music for the welcome barbecue not from the traditional 1980s gospelevator music list but on the basis of classic rock... continue

In Praise of the Generalist II: The Possibility and the Imperative

Article by   September 2010
In thinking about the importance of being a generalist, the first thing to understand is that it is, indeed, a possibility.  This might seem to be something of a stretch in the current climate of hyper-specialisation and oceans of information... continue

In Praise of the Generalist I: The Problem

Article by   September 2010
One of the things that marks the world today, particularly the academic world, is the importance of specialisation and expertise.  We all tend to trust the experts because who are we, poor mites, to question what somebody who has spent... continue

Turbulent Priests: The Theologian on Theology

Article by   September 2010
One of the barriers which often hinders appreciation of the early church fathers is the sheer strangeness of the world in which they lived compared to that which we now inhabit.  In many ways, the fundamental questions they asked were... continue

Koran Burning

Article by   September 2010
I saw on the news this morning that one Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center, is to hold a `burn a Koran' day in order to demonstrate his hatred of Islam.A couple of things come to mind.  First,... continue

Turbulent Priests: The Theologian

Article by   September 2010
On the small table in the corner of my office at Westminster there is an icon of the man who became known simply as `The Theologian,' Gregory of Nazianzus, one of the most important Christian thinkers of the later fourth... continue

There's One Less Reason to Become Catholic

Article by   September 2010
As noted the other day, I have for years argued that you need reasons not to be Catholic.   Prime among them for me would be justification by grace through faith and repudiation of papal authority.  Arguments in favour of... continue
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