She was stabbed to death on a sunny, Saturday morning in a suburb near Austin, Texas. It was April 18th … Read More “Infinitely Entangled: A Story of a Murder and a God Who Cried”
Throughout the years, and in various Supreme Court cases, the distinction between “religious/sectarian” and “nonreligious/secular” has been rather ambiguous. In … Read More “Religious Freedom Under the First Amendment: Three Supreme Court Cases and the Ambiguous Term “Religion””
Thousands of years ago, so the story goes, an old man met god in a fiery bush that refused to … Read More “The Names of God: Exodus 3:14-15 and the Answer”
It’s a Saturday night somewhere. A warm summer breeze caresses a chiseled male jaw. The middle-aged man with grey … Read More “A History of Virginity: Purity Culture’s Ideals, Feminist Critiques, and a Philosophy of History; Or, How in the Hell Did We Go From Virginity to Hymens to Purity Balls?”
For years readers of Genesis have been drawn to the stories found about the primeval couple in the mythical Garden … Read More “Crime and Punishment in the Garden of Eden: The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Sexual Consciousness, Unnatural Sex Acts, and the Primeval Couple in Genesis 3:4-7”
In the middle of the second-century there developed within Christianity a rival movement that would consume virtually the whole of … Read More “Marcion and Tertullian: A Tale of a god Who Wouldn’t Be”
For Schleiermacher, Jesus was the embodiment of tangible God-consciousness. Jesus came to earth to help restore our God-consciousness. He did this by allowing us to participate in Him (in participating in Christ, Christians participate in God-consciousness). Once that occurs, three things happen: (1) The person is immediately aware of his or her state of sin; (2) The person becomes aware of the need for a savior and the need for grace; and (3) The person then responds by having the feeling of absolute dependence restored. Redemption occurs only by means of God’s grace and His revelation. His revelation of Himself is entirely gracious. Our response must be nothing but humble thankfulness.
In his article “The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology,” Plantinga argues that the Reformed tradition has had a tendency to refuse … Read More “The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology: A Brief Summary and Evaluation of Alvin Plantinga’s Argument”