Since We Are God's Offspring (Part 1: Christian Universalism)

"[God] himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things... so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For... Continue Reading →

A Curious Case of Misrecognition

By Rob Stegmann, Ph.D. You’ve had this radical encounter with the resurrected Lord, and your life feels like it’s been turned upside down, but strangely everything seems to be in the right place. You start to discern—one of those baptized words you pick up from your Christian buddies—that God has a plan for your life. You... Continue Reading →

When God Looks at You, God Sees You… And Loves You

The (Dis)Crediting of Imputation Imputation, probably originating with Martin Luther (1483-1546) or perhaps Erasmus (1469-1536), has since been promoted to the position of an "essential" of Conservative Protestant faith and considered a key component of the Gospel itself. Imputation starts with the belief that Jesus lived the perfect, law-fulfilling life that each human is required... Continue Reading →

Inerrancy: A Fundamental (Problem) of Conservative Evangelicalism (Conclusion)

Table of Contents for These Posts Introductory RemarksI. Progression of RevelationII. Cultural InfluencesIII. Literature and Literary DevicesIV. Translating and CopyingV. Multiple AccountsVI. Jewish ReadingsVII. Bible AllegoriesConcluding Remarks The Nature of the Bible Modern Inerrancy Cherishing the idea of Inerrancy is a problem for Conservative Evangelicalism. Their defining and redefining of the doctrine in response to... Continue Reading →

Inerrancy: A Fundamental (Problem) of Conservative Evangelicalism (Part VI)

Table of Contents for These Posts Introductory RemarksI. Progression of RevelationII. Cultural InfluencesIII. Literature and Literary DevicesIV. Translating and CopyingV. Multiple AccountsVI. Jewish ReadingsVII. Bible AllegoriesConcluding Remarks Discussing Judaism Talking about Jewish Readings of the Bible is a daunting task, and it is one I take on with some fear and trembling. Not only am... Continue Reading →

Inerrancy: A Fundamental (Problem) of Conservative Evangelicalism (Part VII)

Table of Contents for These Posts Introductory RemarksI. Progression of RevelationII. Cultural InfluencesIII. Literature and Literary DevicesIV. Translating and CopyingV. Multiple AccountsVI. Jewish ReadingsVII. Bible Allegories Concluding Remarks True Allegory Many within Modern Western Christianity mock the Early Church's belief that one needs to look for the spiritual reading or the allegorical reading in the... Continue Reading →

Inerrancy: A Fundamental (Problem) of Conservative Evangelicalism (Part V)

Table of Contents for These Posts Introductory RemarksI. Progression of RevelationII. Cultural InfluencesIII. Literature and Literary DevicesIV. Translating and CopyingV. Multiple AccountsVI. Jewish ReadingsVII. Bible Allegories Concluding Remarks Multiple Accounts Within the Conservative Evangelical Chicago Statement, we find that the authors "deny that inerrancy is negated by Biblical phenomena such as... variant selections of material... Continue Reading →

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