Tag: tradition

Christian Humanist Profiles 203: Theology in the Democracy of the Dead

In the context of Christian theology, what is Tradition? And what is it for? Is it a unified, monolithic body of doctrines, from which we deviate at our peril? Is it a quarry of texts, open to be mined by any and all for juicy quotations? Instead of these images, Matt Jenson offers us the…

Armstrong, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #26: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Protestants

On the newest episode of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Sam and I put the Reformation on hold for a moment to consider the Christianity that lies on the other side of 1517: the faith of the Middle Ages. Featured Book Chris R. Armstrong, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C.S.…

The Good Fruit of God: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 11 December 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 11 December 2011 (Third Sunday of Advent, Year B) Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11  •  Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55  •  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24   •  John 1:6-8, 19-28   If the small number of history classes I took in high school and college taught me anything, they trained my eyes to see monuments.  Sometimes those monuments are stone like Egypt’s…

The Bodies of Stories: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 6 March 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 6 March 2011 (Transfiguration Sunday, Year A) Exodus 24:12-18 • Psalm 2 or Psalm 99 •  Peter 1:16-21 • Matthew 17:1-9 This week’s gospel reading is one of those texts that will tell you what sort of Bible reader you are: one sort of reader will note with the poetry-lover’s…

Bible, Tradition, Authority part 3: Forgetting the Giants

In a recent conversation with fellow Christian Humanist Michial Farmer, I noted a certain paradox about my relationship with Brian McLaren and other public Christian intellectuals who often get labeled “liberal” or “heterodox.”  (This little essay is not about the content of their views, so I’ll leave the scare quotes there for the time being.)…

Bible, Tradition, Theology part 1: The Nature of God

Once again I have Phil Rutledge to thank for an occasion to think not only about theology’s content but the ways in which I do theology.  Responding to our recent podcast on origin stories, Phil asks a battery of questions including the significance of the epithet Shaddai often appended to the Hebrew el, the effects…