Archive for April 2012


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    April 30th, 2012 @ 8:50 am by Kevin

    These all come from David Congdon's excellent response to Calvin College professor James K. A. Smith's critique of the new universalism:
    1. Lay bare your hermeneutical presuppositions. When you confront the conflict between universalist and dualist texts in scripture, what drives your interpretive conclusions?
    2. Explain the relation between Christ and salvation. Is there a difference between reconciliation, salvation, redemption, and other concepts? In what sense is Jesus our savior? What is the relation between past, present, and future? Is salvation finally realized in the cross and/or resurrection, in a pretemporal act of election, in the present-tense decision of faith,

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    April 30th, 2012 @ 12:46 am by Kevin

    I just finished watching the rough cut of Hellbound?, and I have to say I'm pretty excited. As I recounted in a previous post, whenever I get a new timeline from my editor, I get a sick feeling in my stomach, fearing the worst. But when I watched the cut this time, I was surprised by how close to the finish line we actually are. Still plenty of missing pieces and tweaks required, but I don't anticipate the need for any massive reconstructive surgery. That's good news, seeing as we have what feels like an impossibly

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    April 28th, 2012 @ 8:23 am by Kevin

    This is a dialogue I did with my friend Ron Dart back in February, in which we discuss Hellbound? and related issues.

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    April 28th, 2012 @ 7:17 am by Kevin

    Check out these thoughts from George Sarris.  

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    April 26th, 2012 @ 6:10 am by Kevin

    In his book The Jesus-Driven Life, theologian Michael Hardin says he dislikes the term "God," because it's like a suitcase--you can pack anything into it you like. He prefers the term "Jesus," because it's not so generic, and it reminds us of the centrality of Christ. I tend to agree with Michael, but I would extend the same way of thinking to the Bible itself. Whenever I hear the phrase, "The Bible says...", I cringe, because I know I'm

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    April 24th, 2012 @ 7:57 pm by Kevin

    There are times when a Christian apologist’s chief task is to so corrupt our reason and morals that we are no longer able to tell the difference between truth and falsehood, right and wrong.
    So begins "Deacon Duncan's" devastating critique of apologist William Lane Craig's free will defense of hell, as found in Craig's book On Guard: Defending Your Faith With Reason and Precision. Apparently, Duncan believes Craig employs neither of these tactics, because in his critique, Duncan points out a number of logical inconsistencies in Craig's arguments, my favorite of which is #4:
    [Craig's words]:

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    April 23rd, 2012 @ 7:16 am by Kevin

    Years ago when my two oldest kids (we have four) were still toddlers, one of their favorite TV shows was the Teletubbies. At first, I found this show as annoying, creepy and nonsensical as most parents do. But after a while, it actually began to grow on me, to the point where I preferred it over many of the other annoying shows they enjoyed. One thing I liked about the Teletubbies was their interaction with the narrator of the show. Sometimes he'd open the episode by saying, "One day in Teletubby Land, all the Teletubbies were very, very

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    April 20th, 2012 @ 3:38 pm by Kevin

    Whether we realize it or not, when it comes to how we form beliefs, most of us default to a strategy called Foundationalism. By that I mean, we choose an authority–the Bible, the Catholic Church or some other authoritative interpreter–and use that as the foundation from which we deduce all other beliefs. However, as Joel Harrison points out in a not-so-recent-but-still-excellent blog post, if we actually follow Foundationalism through to its logical conclusion, it’s doomed to fail. The first problem with Foundationalism is the scarcity of foundational beliefs. Remember, the goal of Foundationalism is to begin with

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    April 19th, 2012 @ 4:26 pm by Kevin

    Derek Flood is not a prolific blogger--unfortunately--but everything he posts is worth a read. I just came across this piece today, in which Derek wrestles with how to defend the Bible without having to defend the "disturbing divine behavior" within its pages. Derek's solution is as simple as it is insightful. But it's sure to rattle some cages. An excerpt:
    It is frankly hard to imagine anything more morally abhorrent than smashing a baby's heads against rocks, or committing genocide in God's name. Such actions are simply and always categorically unjustifiable. It would be hard to conceive

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    April 19th, 2012 @ 4:10 pm by Kevin

    As regular readers of this blog know, my investigation into the doctrine of hell has made me rather skeptical of the notion of free will. That is, I find it virtually impossible to conceive of how a being that is neither omniscient nor omnipotent can ever make a choice that is not to some degree constrained by fear, ignorance, deception, emotional wounding or bondage to self-destructive desires. Therefore, I can't accept the idea that any of our choices are free in the sense that most people imagine them to be. Instead, I see our decisions as the product of a

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