The Bible is the core of Christian belief. It is the Word of God. As such, it deserves significant attention. Here, one can find my posts related to the Bible. These posts focus on Biblical apologetics or theology. They are divided by series. I’ve provided links with brief descriptions of the contents.
The Law Always Condemns, The Gospel Always Saves. Or, why I’m a Lutheran- I defend the Lutheran position of Law and Gospel, where they are distinguished not by temporal means or by covenant but rather by function.
I discuss the origins of the European Reformations and how many of its debates carry on into our own day. The debates that took place during the Reformation continue on into today’s theological discussions.
The Church Universal: Reformation Review- What makes a church part of the Church Universal? What makes a church part of the true church? I write on these topics (and more!) and their origins in the Reformation.
Who Interprets Scripture? Sola Scriptura, the Reformation, and the modern era: Reformation Review- I investigate the notion of “sola scriptura” and its different applications in interpreting Scripture. I particularly emphasize the problem of doctrinal unity and the various ways church bodies have dealt with these difficulties from the Reformation into today.
The Continuing Influence of the Reformation: Our lives, our thoughts, our theology- Reformation review- I examine how the issues which came up during the Reformation continue to influence almost every aspect of our lives today. Theology matters.
These posts focus on the ordination of women into the pastoral ministry.
Women in the Ministry: The philosophy of equality and why complementarianism fails- I argue that the position in which women are excluded from church leadership entails inequality of being.
Women, Complementarianism, and the Trinity- How getting subordination wrong has undermined the Trinity- I note how some complementarians have distorted the doctrine of the Trinity in order to ground their theological position on women in the ministry.
The Unacknowledged Teachers: an argument for women pastors- I argue for women to be pastors.
Book Review: “Man and Woman, One in Christ” by Philip Payne- I review a magisterial work on the quality of men and women.
Response to a Complementarian video about why women cannot be pastors- Part 1- I examine a video in which the argument is made that women cannot be pastors.
Book Review: “Good News for Women” by Rebecca Groothuis- I review an excellent book on the issue of gender equality in the Bible.
Caring for Creation: A Discussion among evangelicals- I was able to attend an excellent talk on caring for creation, along with a panel discussion afterwards. I provide an outline and analysis of this fascinating dialogue.
Did God Create the Universe for Humans? – Some thoughts on God’s purposes for creating- I analyze the notion that God created the universe for humans. I use a particularly apologetics-focused angle to look at the topic.
Alien Life: Theological reflections on life on other planets- Suppose we found aliens. What then? I reflect on what theological positions may exist if we found aliens.
The Consolation of Counterfactuals: The Molinism of Boethius- Boethius was an early Christian thinker who thought of a very insightful way to discuss counterfactuals of freedom.
Is God Just Lucky?: Possible Worlds and God’s Providence, a Defense of Molinism- I examine the set of possible worlds from a molinistic perspective.
The New Defenders of Molinism: Reconciling God’s Foreknowledge and Our Free Will- I present a general case for molinism, analyzing various positions and concluding that God does know what we will do without predetermining it.
“Love Wins” by Rob Bell- A Brief Review and Study Guide- I provide a brief review of Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins while also linking to my reviews of each individual chapter. I also provide a study guide with questions for those who desire to read through the work either individually or in groups.
All will be made New: Mayans, end times, and eschatology, oh my!- I examine the alleged Mayan prophecy of the end of the world, but also look at end times prophecies in general. What should we expect? How should we consider end times?
Apologetics of the Bible
Inerrancy and Presuppositional Apologetics: A different approach to defending the Bible- I put forth a way to defend inerrancy which does not involve attempting to refute every alleged error.
Description is not Prescription: A tale of interpretation- I discuss the differences between describing an action and prescribing an action. I delve into the importance of this distinction for understanding the Bible.
Inerrancy, Scripture, and the “Easy Way Out”- Clarifications on what “inerrancy” means along with a brief exposition and defense of the idea.
Awesome Person of the Bible - A series highlighting various awesome persons who show up in the Bible. I use the term “person” because it includes any personal beings, like angels, demons, humans, and God. Read these posts to find out about some really fun Bible stories.
Jephthah, Human Sacrifice, and God: What should we make of Judges 11:29-40?- An updated post which discusses Jephthah’s sacrifice of his daughter. See the older Bible Difficulties 1: Judges 11:29-40, with which I no longer truly agree.
Bible Difficulties 2: Adopting the Attitude of the Ethiopian- recommends an attitude towards Scripture of constant learning.
Bible Difficulties 3: Joshua 6:21-24- discusses God’s command to exterminate the peoples in the promised land.
Bible Difficulties 4: Hardening Hearts- asks whether or not people are culpable for their actions if God hardens their hearts.
Studying Scripture is extremely important. As a philosopher, it is also important to integrate one’s interests in philosophy with Scripture. Here are links to my various devotions as well as providing brief descriptions of the content of each post.
The Devotional Life of a Christian Apologist/Philosopher: shares my advice on how to maintain a strong spiritual life as a Christian apologist/philosopher. It includes links to recommended reading, as well as daily/weekly suggestions.
Job and Natural Theology: The book of Job offers a lot for Christian philosophers. This devotion focuses upon the natural theology which can be found throughout the book.
Ecclesiastes: The devotion focuses upon the themes within Ecclesiastes. Notably, the idea that without God, life has no meaning–but with God, life finds completion.