It’s Time to Emancipate our Theology from Western Culture #AlwaysReforming

While teaching a course at a leading reformed seminary, I referred to African American theology.  One of my students objected, “There is no such thing as ‘African American theology,’ there is only ‘theology proper.’” I asked, “Would the library of this seminary carry a book on theology from a cultural perspective?”  He emphatically said, “No!”  Later, […]

Before the Beginning

Prior to creation there was nothing save the glory of G0D. Nothing — it is a concept that we, creatures in a physical world, cannot even begin to comprehend, just as the blind cannot comprehend the sunset and the deaf a symphony. Can we conceive of a world without time or space? We can speak […]

Martin Luther: The Wrath of God

All Christians can be shocked by the vitriol of sixteenth-century theological disagreements, but no one should be shocked by Luther’s anger over corruption, abuse, and injustice. Source: Martin Luther: The Wrath of God | Carlos Eire | First Things

How Protestants Still Get Justification Wrong

The Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary is likely to inspire the usual appraisals of where Protestants and Catholics have lingering disagreements and where there is now common ground. In the former category are the Eucharist, Mary, and the pope, among other areas. In the latter often goes the doctrine of justification. It shouldn’t. The agreement over […]

Reformed Theologians Using Pagan Sources 

For Reformed Catholics, appreciation extends well beyond our Reformed heritage. It has to. For our appreciation of the Christian tradition to cease to move beyond our Reformed borders is in fact to cease to be Reformed. 1 But just how far can appreciation extend? Even to pagan sources? Yes, indeed. After Calvin, in the time of Protestant […]

How God Keeps it Together 

Nothing is simple about navigating our overlapping identities in contemporary life. In any given situation, we find ourselves torn between our public and private selves, our roles at home or at work, the different sides of our personalities. To be a responsible parent, we have to put our laissez-faire self to death. To be a […]