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Learning Theology With Carmina Gadelica: Christian Hope

Part One: The Trinity Part Two: Christ In the previous installment, it was seen that Christ in the theology of the Carmina Gadelica was viewed not merely as a historical figure engaged in historical acts, but rather those acts were understood in an also-happening-now sense. Theology was something that permeated life as it was lived in all its myriad facets, and no more so than in death. Hope has...

Against Relevance

This past Advent was one of the saddest for me in recent memory. It had little to do with being extraordinarily busy or any sort of nostalgic incompleteness related to the season (we didn’t have time to decorate this year!). Rather, it had everything to do with Star Wars. Now, dear reader might suspect that I didn’t enjoy the movie. Nothing could be further from the truth, as I haven’t yet seen...

How to Get God Wrong Wrong

Internet lists have become a rather ubiquitous (if not annoying) thing, and can range anywhere from the banal to… hmmm- well, whatever is slightly above banal. The best ones (by which I mean most amusing) are those which try to bring some sort of persuasiveness to an argument, either for or against something. And the cream of the crop naturally comes when someone tries to convince you that...

Wikimorality

Some of my favorite bloggers have had their fun with the results of a recent contest that sought to crowdsource a new set of 10 Commandments for the 21st century. And while I cannot hope to match either their eloquence or erudition, I thought it might be an enjoyable exercise to have my own run at it. In an interesting twist, each crowdsourced commandment has a rationale associated with it...

Keep The Snakes Away

There is an iconic scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones discovers a long lost tomb and is ready to venture down into it. After prying open the seal, he drop a torch into the depths to see what is below. As soon as it lands, the ground begins to writhe and coil, revealing a pit filled with venomous snakes. Indy, filled with a mixture of disgust and terror, rolls over onto his side...

The Danger of Lectio Divina (As A Sole Source Of Biblical Interpretation)

Following close upon the heels of my most recent post, I came across another curious article concerning The Danger of Lectio Divina. (If you are unacquainted with this practice, the Wikipedia entry actually provides a fairly decent overview.) Using selected passages from David Helms’ Expositional Preaching, Challies attempts to develop a critique of the method as opposed to a more systematic...

A False False Teacher

There is a series of posts I have recently discovered entitled The False Teachers. I had actually been meaning to interact with one of the previous installments (and still plan to eventually), but in reading the most recent entry I was struck by what I consider a rather shallow critique. The ‘false teacher’ in question is Teresa of Avila, perhaps most well known for her writings on the mystical...

Mrs. Jesus and the Zombie Gnostics: Part 3

Sometimes it seems that it takes a certain level of educational attainment to reach astonishing levels of gullibility. And the rub of it is that the unscrupulous among us are more than willing and prepared to take advantage of that. This has been brought to bear upon the years-running Gospel of Jesus’ Wife fiasco, which has now officially reached official fiasco status. I have written about this...

Mrs. Jesus and the Zombie Gnostics: Part 2

About a year and a half ago I penned a post regarding the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Like most of these sorts of sensationalized reports about discoveries that will rock Christianity to its core, the reporting on the subject was far more absurd than the actual claims being set forth by the researcher in question. But then again, these kinds of things generally follow the 10 step process I...

Why I Hate Your Church

Wherein the author plants his tongue somewhat firmly in his cheek and rants about an amalgam of experiences, because that is what the internet is made for. I can’t pray in church any more. It was one of those things that I discovered had subtly happened. This sort of thing doesn’t just slap you in the face but wears on you week after week, year after year, until one day you realize...

The Hunger

Aside from snarky Oh, Wonka memes or mocking manipulations of mass media marketing (with an obviously healthy does of alliteration thrown in for aesthetics), I am often reticent about offering commentary on much of the current cultural unpleasantness. After all, the incredibly profound and deeply thought out conversation one sees on Facebook about hot button issues day after day simply settles...

The Road Less Traveled

We all grow up in one way or another, even if it’s only physically. Yet with any luck we as rational beings grow in our utilization of that rationality in some proportion to our increase in stature, and perhaps with a lot of effort may far surpass it. I’m not sure if this is a universal experience, but when I was in college I found that my new-found access to a lot of knowledge led to a somewhat...

Harmony

One way to ensure (or at least greatly contribute to) marital bliss is to frequently employ that most effective of weapons, the Date Night. Love may cover a multitude of sins, but Date Night can cover over the myriad annoyances, bouts of forgetfulness, and simple obliviousness that assaults most men in their attempts to find peace and harmony in home and hearth with the women they love and...

Taking it Personally

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadChristian history is littered with theological controversies, and oftentimes moderns find this hard to fathom. The at-times bitter disputes are perceived in retrospect as theological hair-splitting at best, partisan war-mongering at worst. Are not these types of disagreements too esoteric to become excised about? Why risk disunity over abstractions? I’ve...

Infinite Vision

The other day I was watching a tutorial video for After Effects, and I become intrigued with the hosts other work. He had created a video about the meaning of the term ‘nano,’ and the essence of the piece was to use different sized things to demonstrate the sense of scale. Beginning with a single hair, the scene zoomed in to the point where the person in the piece was about the size of a red...

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