Entries from July 2010

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Doug Wilson on dragons

“The Bible refers repeatedly to the reality of dragons and winged serpents and indicates that the devil is one of their number.  Modern translators are embarrassed by all of this and try to get by with renderings like jackel or crocodile.  They have not gone so far as to translate the words for dragon as […]

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

A brief review of On Christian Doctrine by Augustine of Hippo

I had to read this book for my Historical Theology class and present on Augustine as I did on Athanasius.  (The outline of that lecture can be found here.)  Augustine’s work provides a solid basis for “plundering the Egyptians” and appropriating the best of classical learning for the cause of the gospel, including an extended […]

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Jordan on Gnosticism versus History

“Throughout history, the Christian Church has had to guard against the heresy of gnosticism.  Gnosticism is not an ordinary heresy, because it does not manifest itself as a set of defined beliefs.  Rather, gnosticism is a tendency: the tendency to replace the historic facts of Christianity with philosophical ideas.  Gnosticism is the tendency to de-historicize […]

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I’ll just wear my glasses, then

There is good reason to oppose the syrupy, squishy, evangellyfishy, Jesus-is-my-boyfriend treacle that we see around us, but we need to follow scripture rather than reacting against the prevailing error. There is a certain aspect of American reformed and Calvinist culture that operates as if our bodies only exist to take our brains to and from church. I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t been influenced in some way by this. We are Christians, not Vulcans. Christianity is incarnational. Both of these ditches have latent Gnostic assumptions and both of them are inconsistent with the Incarnation. If you think you can do theology without it erupting into doxology, your theology is wrong. Period. I don’t care how many fat books with small type you’ve read.

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Prayer of praise for July 11

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay.” Our Father, we thank You for wondrous love that raised us out of the very dust of death.  You did not withhold Your Son, Your […]

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Autobiographical update, new look and name for the Blog

Because my studies at Christus Rex Study Center have kept me busy, I haven’t had the opportunity to do much in terms of posting. Blog changes Last night I decided to redesign the look of my blog and rename it.   It is now called “Of the Way” which is a possible English translation of […]

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

A brief review of Readings in the History of Christian Theology (vol. 1) ed. William C. Placher

Required for my Historical Theology class.  It can’t be easy to attempt to distill the primary sources of Christian writing from the generation following the apostles to the eve of the reformation into a 150 page anthology.  Given the difficulty of the task, Placher does an admirable job choosing excerpts from some of the most […]

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

A brief review of Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Manners and Customs by Howard F. Vos

I chipped away at this big, fat green tome for the better part of the academic year.  While there is a great deal of useful information in the book and the author is a conservative, some of his inclusions, omissions, and conclusions were perplexing.  For example, Jonah is not mentioned once.  There is an entire […]