Archives / 2014 / October

Redemption, Resurrection, and Critique (Pt. 3)

In the third and final post of this blog series, I would like to discuss the important notion of critique and how it relates to the Christian doctrine of Redemption.   The notion of critique has originally to do with the idea of correctly assessing and suggesting a remedy for a given crisis infecting the public life of a given society. Making critique a key part of one’s engagement with the w... »

Redemption, Resurrection, and Critique (Pt. 2)

In this blog, I discuss three key ways that the doctrine of Redemption is connected to the Resurrection of our Lord. First, personal identification – in salvation we die and rise again with Christ (cf. Ro. 6.4-8). Secondly, communal membership – we enter into a community which reflects the message of the Resurrection by our very life together, i.e., from liturgical practices such as the eucharist ... »

Redemption, Resurrection, and Critique (Pt. 1)

In this series of blog posts, I will discuss the Christian doctrine of Redemption: its scope, its basis, and its implications. In other words, we will consider: (1) how wide the doctrine of Redemption is; (2) how the resurrection of our Lord is the theological foundation for our call to the work of redemption; and (3) how the notion of “critique” is crucial to our work of redemption. Let’s begin w... »

The Fall, the Transcendentals, and “Things” (Pt. 3)

In the third and final post in this series, I shall discuss the doctrine of Total Depravity and the sociological notion of reification, and how each of these ideas relate the Christian doctrine of the Fall. Simply put, the doctrine of Total Depravity suggests that, on this side of eternity, humanity will never be as good as it could be since “evil contaminates everything”;[1] at the same time, we ... »

The Fall, the Transcendentals, and “Things” (Pt. 2)

Given the Christian doctrine of the Fall, we understand that human persons have a kind of nature such that it is addicted to sin. But we also know (as I plan to discuss in due course) that, given the Christian doctrine of Redemption, that God is in the business of restoring all that is good and beautiful in all that has been created yet fallen. And this cosmic redemption program includes our own s... »

The Fall, the Transcendentals, and “Things” (Pt. 1)

In my next three posts, I would like to look at several implications of the Christian doctrine of the Fall and (perhaps somewhat unexpectedly) the important sociological notion of reification and how it relates this teaching. The Christian doctrine of the Fall of humanity tells us about the condition in which we find ourselves: as alienated from God and addicted to sin. Our guilt has separated, es... »

Interesting Implications of the Christian doctrine of Creation (Pt. 3)

In this third post (of three) on the Christian doctrine of Creation, I shall look at two final implications of this important teaching: (1) that activities which primarily involve the mind are no more “spiritual” than activities which involve the body; and (2) that creation care counts.   Before doing so, however, I shall make a final point about the previous blog. It is important to note, even if... »

Bigger Barns Syndrome

This is a story of three buildings. The first one is on a corner lot less than a mile from my home. It’s an unfinished concrete-block structure, surrounded by weeds, and it’s been that way for a while – a year or more. It started out as just an empty lot, and one day a sign popped up: “GOD DID IT!” For a while we weren’t sure what it was God had done (Mowed the weeds? Fertilized them? Picked up th... »

Interesting Implications of the Christian doctrine of Creation (Pt. 2)

Further to my previous post, there are several other interesting implications which follow from the Christian doctrine of creation. In fact, there are three specific implications which all follow from this major idea, namely that, given the Christian doctrine of creation, matter matters. Indeed, matter or materiality matters just as much as the “mind” or soul. Many a controversies in church histor... »

Interesting Implications of the Christian doctrine of Creation (Pt. 1)

Often we feel that Christian theology is too abstract or irrelevant or both. Today I would like to discuss how the Christian doctrine of Creation bears very interestingly on our everyday life as a Christian; and do so by looking specifically at two implications of this doctrine that are often overlooked.   First, the doctrine of Creation commends a self-sacrificing life as the most satisfying... »

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