Tag: John Macquarrie

Reading through Principles of Christian Theology part 13: Chapter 21

Series Index Principles of Christian Theology by John Macquarrie John Macquarrie’s Principles of Christian Theology does not have a conclusion in any formal sense; instead he ends the book with an exploration of Christian ethics in the existentialist framework that he’s set up through the first twenty chapters.  Here even more than before Macquarrie’s commitment…

Reading through Principles of Christian Theology part 11: Chapters 17-18

Series Index Principles of Christian Theology by John Macquarrie In retrospect, I should have anticipated that a theology that self-identifies as existentialist would be stronger in terms of the Christian life than on the contours of Christian confession.  When John Macquarrie deals with the Bible, with the person and work of Jesus, with the Holy…

Reading through Principles of Christian Theology, part 9: Chapters 14-15

Series Index Principles of Christian Theology by John Macquarrie Operation Spirit Having run through a theology of Christ and Christ’s work, Macquarrie turns to the Spirit in chapter 14.  Since he’s talked about the Father as the ineffable God and the Son as the expressive God, Macquarrie writes of the Spirit as Being drawing out…

Reading Through Principles of Christian Theology part 8: Chapters 12-13

Whether he intended it this way or not, MacQuarrie’s two chapters on Jesus Christ are at the physical center of Principles of Christian Theology–which is completely appropriate. Call it providence, however you understand that term. Creation, Providence, Reconciliation MacQuarrie spent a substantial amount of time in the preceding chapters discussing the way that the ongoing…

Reading through Principles of Christian Theology part 7: Chapters 10-11

Series Index John Macquarrie, Principles of Christian Theology Being(s) Created When Principles of Christian Theology turns its attention to creation, the book’s earlier distinctions between categories really start to bear fruit.  Macquarrie’s earlier insistence that God does not name a being among beings but a sense that Being, that which lets-be, has a holiness to…

Reading Through Principles of Christian Theology part 6: Chapters 8-9

Part One of Principles of Christian Theology dealt with philosophical theology–that is, with talk about theology in general (albeit talk done from within a particular theological tradition). Part Two will deal with the specifically Christian revelation. Instead of philosophical theology, we’re now doing what some theologians call dogmatic theology, though MacQuarrie prefers the term “symbolic…

Reading through Principles of Christian Theology part 5: Chapter 7

Series Index Principles of Christian Theology, Second Edition Macquarrie, having dealt with some of the linguistic concerns that arise when one speaks and writes about God, now turns to the constellation of phenomena called “religion” and “religions.”  Oddly enough, after a long meditation on the history and systems that allow languages to make sense, this…

Reading Through Principles of Christian Theology part 4: Chapter 6

MacQuarrie has been interested from the very beginning of Principles of Christian Theology in the ability or inability of human language to express the experiences and revelations that make up the beginnings of religion. The first sentence of the book, after all, says that theology “seeks to express the content of this faith in the…

Reading through Principles of Christian Theology part 3: Chapters 4 and 5

Series Index Principles of Christian Theology, Second Edition Now that we’ve got a descriptive account of human existence in place, we’ve got the basics of how human beings, as beings in the world, come to relate to different sorts of realities, be they ready-to-hand equipment for the things we do day to day; realities that…

Reading Through Principles of Christian Theology part 1: Introduction

Series Index Principles of Christian Theology, Second Edition I imagine many English-reading philosophy students know John Macquarrie as the translator of Heidegger’s Being and Time.  I first came to know his work as Michial Farmer and I read through Heidegger together in the spring of 2009, the semester before we began The Christian Humanist Podcast. …

The Christian Humanist, Episode #28.1: Heidegger

General Introduction – Where’s David Grubbs? – A change in plans – Listener feedback – Forgive our pink noise (it goes away quickly, I promise) Reading Being and Time – The heady days of spring 2009 – Why we’re both incompetent Heidegger’s Position in Philosophical History – Gilgamesh and death – Finitude as definition of…