- Timothy Dalrymple has an outstanding piece on Are Christian Movies Really So Bad? I have to admit that I was skeptical when I started reading, but he’s almost convinced me to give Christian movies another shot, even as he recognizes some continued shortcomings.
Ultimately, Christian films should go beyond the oppositional stage, in which they see themselves as the antidote to the poison of mainstream films and thus find their moral responsibility in presenting positive role models and messages of hope. More Christian films that portray dark nights of the soul, and struggles with God that endure for years, decades, even a lifetime, would be welcome.
- Yesterday, Tim Challies posted Letting Herself Go, responding to Rachel Held Evans on whether Christian women have to “stay beautiful” for their husbands. Today, Evans responds with In Search of a Better Conversation about Biblical Womanhood (Part 1), lamenting an apparent failure to reflect adequately on what we mean by “biblical.”
At the root of the problem is the fact that we have grown accustomed to using the word “biblical” prescriptively (to mean, “what God wants”) rather than descriptively (to mean, “that which is found in the Bible”). We have forgotten that behind every claim to a biblical lifestyle or ideology lies a complex set of assumptions regarding interpretation and application.
- Peter Leithart reflects on Augustine and the “secular.”
my main beef is with theologies that implicitly or explicitly endorse secular order, in the sense of a bounded public space where religiously grounded moral norms and religiously founded rationality are ruled off limits. I think secular political order is mainly a phenomenon of the past four centuries.
- Here’s a recent paper from Carl Trueman, “Is the Princeton View of Scripture an Enlightenment Innovation?” Warning: the link downloads the whole journal. (HT Justin Taylor)
- ThinkChristian reports on the new online textual criticism database being developed by the Center for New Testament Textual Criticsm: “Armed with this historical knowledge about the text of the New Testament, you can do one of two things: You can become a Bruce Metzger, or you can become a Bart Ehrman.”
- John Piper Interviews Rick Warren. According to Piper, “My aim in this interview is to bring out and clarify what Rick Warren believes about these biblical doctrines. In doing this my hope is that the thousands of pastors and lay people who look to Rick for inspiration and wisdom will see the profound place that doctrine has in his mind and heart.”
- James McGrath offers a helpful introduction to biblioblogs.
- Amazon releases a list of The Most Well-Read Cities in the U.S. Portland made the list, but it’s much lower than I would have expected. Apparently we’re too busy drinking coffee.
- And, here’s a list of the Top 10 Finalists in the 2011 Illusion of the Year Contest.