In my last, and till now most controversial post, I suggested that churches (to include Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, and perhaps Orthodox ones), seem to be far more susceptible to the kind of theological anti-realism that previously had been confined to academic institutions and scholarly domains. Today, it looks like this once scholarly anti-realism has seeped … Continue reading Are There Necessary Ontological Commitments for an Historic Christianity?
Theological anti-realism is nothing new. Since the days of Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), professional theologians and their popular-level, pastoral counterparts have tried to unwed to task of Christian dogmatic theology from metaphysical commitments and the truth claims that they ground (e.g. God actually existing would be grounds for believing that 'God exists'). While one might be moved to … Continue reading Theological Anti-Realists Need To Come Clean About Their Beliefs
"But let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream." - Amos 5:4 The conversation in the evangelical Church right now concerning social justice movements and intersectionality is inescapable. Thus, it seems appropriate to take a quick detour from our metaphysical exploration of the kinds of things human beings worship, to provide an excursus … Continue reading Excursus: 10 Questions Christians Should Ask Themselves Before Engaging in Social Justice
"So all the people took off the gold rings that were on their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from their hands, fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made it into an image of a calf. Then they said, “Israel, this is your God, who brought you up from the land of … Continue reading What Kinds of Things Could We Worship?: Part II – Material, Personal Objects (Animals)
In the letter to the Romans, St. Paul says this: 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God … Continue reading What Kinds of Things Could We Worship?: Part I – Material, Impersonal Objects