I want to begin by asking what may seem like a dumb question: Why did Jesus need to rise from the dead? Why was the resurrection necessary? Obviously it is necessary, after all Paul says as much in 1 Corinthians when he says, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are … Continue reading Why the Resurrection?
In part one of this series we looked at what an overarching narrative is and how they function. These big narratives help us to answer basic questions like “Who am I?” “What is my purpose?” and “Where is all this going?” It’s not really possible to go through life without a narrative, but more often … Continue reading The Christian Narrative Part 2: Not What You Think
Almost all religions and philosophical systems have embedded within them an overarching narrative that provides the framework for how one answers questions like, “Who am I?” “What’s my purpose?” and “Where is all this going?” The structure and shape of this narrative is essential for answering these questions. Thus, if you change the narrative, you … Continue reading The Christian Narrative Part 1: What’s a Narrative and Why Does It Matter?
A lot of people today think that science has answered most all of our questions and religious answers don’t need to be taken seriously. And this is kind of unavoidable. We live in an age of science. We live in an age of reason and evidence. It’s sometimes hard to see the place of faith. … Continue reading Faith and Evidence
In many of St. Paul’s letter’s he talks about how Christ is the foundation upon which the church is built. In 1 Corinthians 3 he provides a very vivid image of how this plays out. He talks about how teachers and workers in the church are building on top of the foundation of Christ. The … Continue reading Sin
At one point I was watching a recording of a debate between an atheist and a Christian on the resurrection of Jesus. The Christian debater had what seemed to me a very strange argument. It went something like this: First he tried to prove that the “supernatural” is a thing by pointing to documented cases … Continue reading There is No Supernatural
Theology, as well as many other disciplines, is inherently reactionary. Almost anything anyone ever says or does is at least in part a reaction against something else, sometimes consciously, sometimes subconsciously, sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly. On the one hand, this is necessary and important. It’s important to pay attention to serious errors when they rise … Continue reading Keep Your Eyes on the Good: How to Avoid Being Reactionary
Much of our discussion about the doctrine of the scriptures centers around the doctrine of inerrancy. This is usually in reaction to those who would say that the scriptures are unreliable and unfaithful sometimes theologically, but also with respect to matters of science and history. They might be spiritually helpful or something like that, but … Continue reading What Do We Really Mean by “Inerrancy”?
When I worked at a camp there were a few instances where I got various versions of the question, “how do we know that the Muslims aren’t right?” It’s an interesting question that I think requires us to think about the differences between the fundamental claims of various religions. In our culture, which often seeks … Continue reading Mormonism, Islam, and Christianity: One of These Things is Not Like the Other
Amidst all of the celebration, amidst all of the talk of Luther’s “discovery” of the Gospel, amidst all of the rousing renditions of “A Mighty Fortress,” I believe we’ve missed part of the story. Usually the story goes something like this: back in the day the “Catholic” church had stopped listening to the Bible. People … Continue reading The Tragedy of the Reformation