A skeletal explanation and defense of “two-stage” preterism: The New Testament envisions three basic eschatological events: the conclusion of the Old Covenant with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70, the conquest of the pagan Roman Empire by the Messiah, and a day of final judgment and new creation. Two of these … Continue reading "Two-Stage Preterism"
As a general rule, feminists think that Paul was a misogynist. Evangelical feminists tend to either deny Paul’s misogyny while still being embarassed and confused by him or try to spin him into a proto-egalitarian limited by a sinfully patriarchal culture. All of these views, I believe, are terribly mistaken. But not everyone is so … Continue reading "Women as the Glory of Glories"
I just finished N. T. Wright’s book on atonement, The Day the Revolution Began. As with every Wright book, it’s about 60% stuff he’s said a dozen times over, 25% helpful and enlightening ideas for reading and understanding the New Testament, and 15% things that you just end up unsure about. And as always, that … Continue reading "The Evangelical Heart of Wright’s Atonement"
Today is International Women’s Day. Yay for my favorite half of the human race! Sadly, though, today is tainted with hype for much of modern feminism’s worst features. In that sense, International Women’s Day celebrations tend to be stunted by worship of antifeminity and other such disasters. But in the spirit of celebrating women as … Continue reading "Women"
What is spirit, exactly? This question has come to mind for me on a handful of occasions, but until recently I generally took it primarily in negative terms with respect to matter. Matter has time, space, energy, maybe mass, etc. Matter is tangible or at least physically detectable. Spirit, on the other hand, refers to … Continue reading "God and Ganon"
The other day in church the preacher was talking about 2 Kings 4, when Elisha provided a widow with a miracle of multiplied oil. That account is interesting enough in its own right, but I found myself, for at least some of the sermon, distracted by the verses which immediately preceded it. I saw the … Continue reading "That Time a Pagan Sacrifice Worked"
What are miracles? If by “miracle” we mean an instance in which God overrules or violates the laws of nature for some greater end of His, a common enough definition, it is unclear whether we have any solid biblical grounds for believing that such things take place. Of course, to say that is probably a … Continue reading "Against Miracles"
The classical Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement is problematic in several ways, even if it does contain a nugget of truth. One of these problems is simply bad exegesis, which in turn results from an unbiblical hermeneutic. A key place where this problem manifests itself is in limited atonement prooftexts like this one: She will … Continue reading "He Died for His People, Not the Elect"
My last post on the anthropology of justification, much to my pleasure, received some noteworthy criticisms. There were basically two objections: The proposed anthropology seems to solve the anthropological dualism in a technical, pedantic sense, but the solution is purely nominal. Now there is simply an alternative dualism, between the newly-conceived ontological self and the … Continue reading "More on the Anthropology of Sola Fide: Enfleshed Forensics"
One of the most common claims Catholic and Orthodox critics make of Protestant theology is that the doctrine of forensic justification by faith alone amounts to a legal fiction. God calls us righteous, but we really aren’t righteous. God cooks the books, and the whole atonement is a clever gambit by which God uses Christ’s … Continue reading "The Anthropology of Sola Fide"