Tag: Christology

Christian Humanist Profiles 132: Philip Ryken

In his introduction to Beowulf, the scholar Friedrich Klaeber explains the great Geatish warrior’s resemblances to Christ by concluding that “the narrative derived a superior dignity from suggesting the most exalted hero-life known to Christians” (li). Readers of another Beowulf scholar, J.R.R. Tolkien, have also noted echoes of that “most exalted hero-life” in his epic…

Christian Humanist Profiles 65: The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus

Download or Stream this Episode To the one who writes “Jesus is the answer” on the youth-room poster or on the bathroom stall, I reply, “Jesus is the question.”  And of course, true to Biblical phrase-building, Jesus is not mere question but question of questions, demanding from the thinking faithful careful inquiry into history, theology,…

Christian Humanist Profiles 56: Paul’s Divine Christology

In the early second century, Pliny, the governor of the Roman province of Pontus and Bithynia, wrote a letter to his emperor, Trajan, about Christians who “were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a deity.” But when did early Christians begin to believe…

More Hopeful than a Manifesto: A Review of Mere Churchianity

Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality By Michael Spencer 229 pp. Cascade Books. $13.99 Two influences obviously shaped my experience of reading this book: for one, as I wrote in my post “On the Death of Facebook Friends” in April, I read this book as the posthumous work of an Internet personality…