'The Bible is not one book but a series of books and within those books, written by a variety of authors, are a number of different perspectives but also shifts in perspective about particular topics. Biblical texts are not God's words, dictated by Him to human authors, but are the inspired response to revelation. The response is a human response however and cannot be regarded as being identical with that revelation especially since parts of the Bible are at variance with other parts.'Read more
Delegates at the sixth Anglican Global South conference in Cairo heard new research from the foremost scholar of the formational Anglican, Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dr. Ashley Null is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is currently compiling a five-volume study of Cranmer's private theological notebooks.Read more
In Jesus, the kingdom of God that was longed for (as a future age in human history when God rules a universe not spoiled by sin, darkness, decay or death) has been inaugurated and is awaiting completion.
The risen Christ is extending the kingdom of God in the world through His Church. (Acts 1: 1-8)
In that sense, mission to the world is broader than 'world evangelisation'. The book of Acts shows us what is involved.Read more
These arguments await explicit unpacking, but sifting the evidence remains the task of a generation of future scholars, many of them from Africa, to restudy the flow of ideas from Africa to Europe, and better describe their impact.
Oden writes, "I am convinced, however, that when the evidence is rightly digested, it will again reshape modern African Christian identity and motivation."Read more
It's easy to see why memory was so important to ancient peoples and that custodians of a community's knowledge (religious leaders, elders, etc) would have elevated social status as a result. The question is, how did people do this? Are we just out of practice? How is it that ancient memories were so much better than our own?Read more
Here is what happened. Prof Swinburne was invited to give the keynote address on September 23, 2016, at the SCP conference. He said homosexuality was a 'disability' and Christianity 'prohibited' homosexual relationships. Swinburne lamented a culture where homosexual behaviour was 'presented as an option for young people.' Suddenly the world ended. The four horsemen of the apocalypse came thundering into the conference hall. The faecal matter collided with the rotary oscillator.Read more
Regarding foreign policy, he demonstrates breathtaking, unapologetic ignorance and naivete. Recall that on national television he told an astonished George Stephanopoulos that Putin was not in Ukraine. In an interview he told foreign policy reporters that he would unite the Turks and the Kurds by hosting "meetings." He seems bent on alienating key allies.Read more
Why this potted biography? Because I want you to know that my philosemitism does not stem from American dispensationalism or any such weird and obscure theological tribalism. Renowned conductor Zubin Mehta has had a life-long love affair with Israel. He is Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Mehta is an Indian Zoroastrian, not an American Dispensationalist.Read more
Now the Internet buzzes with new debate over (president emeritus of Fuller Seminary) Richard Mouw's pronouncement at First Things that Mormons are moving closer to historic Christian orthodoxy. LDS leaders, he proposes, are downplaying the Mormon teaching that God was once a man. A participant in Mormon-evangelical dialogue responded that, on the contrary, this teaching remains on the LDS Church website and LDS leaders are still teaching that God and humans are of the same species.Read more
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