– Marc Cortez hosts a discussion on my ETS NW paper “The Eschatological Voice of Romans 8.1-25” here. Also, he does the same for Billy Cash’s paper on “Augustine and Free Will” here.
– Daniel Kirk ponders the restoration of the cosmos here.
– Michael Bird shares some reasons that Richard Hays has given in support of having an eschatology here.
– Halden Doerge shares some thoughts on the embittering of the eucharist here.
– Hunter Baker asks if marriage completes a person here.
– T.C. Robinson provides psychoanalysis of Ken Ham here.
– Amanda Mac tells us why she is done with the Rob Bell drama here.
– James McGrath provides a round-up of posts on Bart Ehrman’s new book Forged here.
– Nick Norelli reviews Saint Peter by Martin Hengel here.
Nice change, I like the look of this theme, Brian!
Btw, did I ever tell you that I really liked your ETS paper; well done 🙂 ! I missed Billy’s maybe I’ll have to see if he would send it to me; do you have his email, Brian? If you do, and you think he wouldn’t mind, would you email his email address?
Thanks Bobby! I thought I’d give it a face lift and I am also glad that you liked my paper. I will email Billy’s email address to you.
it’s hengel, not hengle
Tomato, tomato. 🙂
Thank you, got it!
Since we’re on blog headers and background colors, Brian! Is this a European thing or what? 😉
After being in St. Peter’s Cathedral I decided that the blog wasn’t goddy enough. 🙂
Are you under the direction of the magesterium now, Brian? I’m starting to think “they” may have changed your template directly from Rome . . . is there some sort of “Near Emmaus Code” at work here?
Though I feel like Pope Benedict XVI and I are closer friends now that I found myself receiving his blessing in St. Peter’s Square I have decided to remain firmly Protestant (though I dislike the word “Protestant” because I am not protesting, per se).
Have you started reading your elder brother’s (Pope Benedict’s) 😉 book yet on “Jesus of Nazareth?” That is one that I think I would actually like to read.
Do you think that salvation theories are in anyway at odds between “Protestants” and “Catholics,” Brian? I think more of an issue, is how the disparate ecclesiologies impinge on the then disparate soteriologies, respectively.
@Bobby: I have begun, though very slowly, since I am trying to read it in French. My French is far from stellar. The dictionary is my companion paragraph by paragraph.
I am with you that it is the ecclesiology that is more a problem for me. I guess “officially” soteriology is a problem, but Vatican II makes it hard for me to tell whether or not they think I am errant, but OK, or in more trouble than that.
Did you grow up knowing French, or is this something that you have studied throughout your educational development? That’s cool, I’ll be reading it in English; maybe I should try it in Spanish, I could use some practice with that 😉 .
Yeah, Vatican II does seem a bit relativistic, to say the least; very unlike Vatican I (very clear and dogmatic). It’s interesting, though, I think as a result of scholasticism within the Protestant stream; that there really is hardly any conceptual difference (just a difference of emphasis) between Roman Catholic conceptions and Protestant one’s on salvation. Interestingly, as I used to have a PhD who was studying Thomas Aquinas, and was also Roman Catholic, visit my blog frequently; what became clear, was that even within Roman Catholic circles, they have those who are more Arminian or more Calvinist in approach (he was Calvinist style on election predestination eternal security etc). In function, there isn’t a huge difference between Catholics/Prot. on this point. But that is not to say that there aren’t Prot. developments on soteriology that self-consciously eschew the kind of scholastic soteriology that much of Prot. soteriology flows from.
Anyway, it’s never as nice and neat as we would like it to be.
I picked up French last summer because I wanted to begin learning at least one research language while in the ThM. No one wanted to do Latin and the German courses at MU and GFES had horrid scheduling for an employed person such as myself. I found a faculty member who knew French and that’s that!
As you noted, it does seem that within Catholic and Protestant circles there are too large a spectrum that makes it impossible to say this is “Catholic” and this is “Protestant” (and we can’t forget the Orthodox contribution to these matters).
Cool, on the languages. I would like to learn Latin, for theological purposes, maybe someday 🙂 . My wife speaks fluent French, maybe I should have her teach me; that would be good for reading Jean Cauvin 😉 !
Yes, the Orthodox are an whole other enchilada in re. to this discussion. I think, broadly, they might actually contour better with the anti-scholastic development of soteriology that has occurred in the Prot. church.
I would like to learn Latin as well. I have pondered beginning this summer with Wheelocks grammer.
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