- Jonathan Pennington discusses The Value of Educational Institutions and ‘Pure Research’ for Ministry Training (HT Jim West)
But the solution is not a reactionary collapsing of the different and mutually beneficial avenues of theological education –the church and the seminary/divinity school – into one and to put this all onto the local church. To do so is short-sighted and only directs the Church of the next generation into an un-rooted and regrettable shallowness. The church and the seminary should continue their mutually symbiotic and mutually edifying relationship.
- Cynthia Nielsen argues that Augutine’s “confessions” were primarily about God rather than himself.
That is, contrary to commonly accepted modern and postmodern interpretations of Augustine, painting him as the precursor to psychoanalysis, I argue that Augustine’s multiple confessions were not primarily about himself; rather, his narrative, which no doubt includes soul-searching, personal stories, and so forth, was first and foremost about God, the unfolding narrative of redemption, and how the self, left to itself, turned in upon itself does not give rise to greater self-revelation and liberation; rather, Augustine’s confessions announce repeatedly that the self-absorbed, incessantly introspecting self—the self whose inward turn does not have as its goal a deeper union with the Christian God—is ultimately left famished, speechless, and restless.
- John Gray has a fascinating piece on evangelical atheists (e.g., Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchins, et al).
To be sure, atheism need not be a missionary creed of this kind. It is entirely reasonable to have no religious beliefs, and yet be friendly to religion. It is a funny sort of humanism that condemns an impulse that is peculiarly human. Yet that is what evangelical atheists do when they demonise religion.
- Amanda Mac asks “When is a person human?” according to Dollhouse.
What makes someone human? Is a doll only human when they are imprinted with a personality? Are they only human when they finally receive their original personality back at the end of their contract?
- Larry Hurtado discusses the “Secret Mark” controversy.
I get the impression that there remains more heat than light in the debates among scholars over the putative letter of Clement to Theodorus and the puzzling excerpts of a supposed “secret” version of the Gospel of Mark
- Jason Goroncy celebrates P.T. Forsyth’s birthday yesterday with an excellent post.
- Free download: Mark Goodacre’s ebook The Synoptic Problem: A Way through the Maze
- Justin Holcomb offers 11 Ways to Protect Your Daughter from Barbie
- And, for you sports fans, Olympics Loser Fights his Horse (and 5 other Unlikely Sports Brawls)