Things have been a little crazy around here with our accreditation visit last week. With that taken care of, though, life has begun to return to normal (just in time for the ETS and SBL conferences to make things crazy again, of course). Anyway, here are a few things that I have found interesting in the last week but haven’t had time to comment on.
- Ben Johnson posted a comment on inerrancy that generated some discussion. Feel free to continue that conversation.
- Christianity Today online has had a couple of nice articles recently. First, there is a helpful introductory article on the Eastern Orthodox view of deification that is worth perusing. I would be interested to know what everyone is doing with deification in their own approach to soteriology. Is this a concept that you use when you explain what it means to be saved? If not, why not? Second, there is also an article summarizing recent discussions on the eternal subordination of the Son to the Father. What do you think about this debate? Is there anything significant at stake, or is this just an example of theologians squabbling over esoteric speculations?
- Over at Euangelion, there has been an interesting discussion regarding what ‘Israel’ means in the New Testament (Part 1, Part 2). The posts are brief, but the comments are worth perusing.
- Religion News Service reports that a recent study of the Greek Orthodox and the Orthodox Church of America indicates that a much higher than anticipated number of current members converted to the Orthodox church as adults. Why do you think Orthodox churches are expeirencing so much success, particularly given the fact that they do not have a reputation for aggressive evanglism?
- Ben Witherington III has been consistently critical of Wikipedia and its use in academic circles (most recently in “What is Truthiness?“). From another perspective, Mark Goodacre argues for critical engagement with a tool that has a growing presence online and in the classroom (e.g., “More on how to engage with Wikipedia“). What is your take? Is Wikipedia a potentially useful tool worth engaging or is it a pernicious reflection of a postmodern loss of truth? (I like false dichotomies.)
- Faith and Theology presents an interesting critique of George Marsden’s historical methodology that offers a helpful warning to those of us interested in both theology and church history.