Monthly Archives: October 2017

Real Christianity by William Wilberforce, book review

Originally posted on Enough Light:
Awhile back, I found a copy of Real Christianity, Discerning True Faith from False Beliefs by William Wilberforce at the thrift store. The edition is by Victor Classics (2005), and it had been edited and…

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Sometimes Eternity Ain’t Forever: Aiónios and the Universalist Hope

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
When discussing the question of eschatological judgment, defenders of traditional doctrine  immediately appeal to our Lord’s teaching on hell. It is simply obvious that Jesus taught the eternal damnation of the reprobate. Certainly that is…

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Jews, Kurds, and a weird coincidence

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
Among the ethnic and nationalist movements that have made news lately has been a vote for independence by Iraqi Kurds.  Actually, the Kurds are in Turkey and Iran too. All three countries strongly oppose Kurdish independence.…

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Church Write-Up: Finding One’s Calling

The pastor at one of the churches that I attended last Sunday was talking about finding one’s calling.  He said that we should be who God made us today rather than trying to be somebody else.  The pastor appealed to … Continue reading

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Second Peter

Originally posted on The Jesus Memoirs:
Reception: “Even Peter cries out with trumpets in two of his epistles” (Origen, Homily on Joshua 7.1) “And Peter… has left one acknowledged epistle; perhaps also a second, but this is doubtful” (Origen, in…

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Book Write-Up: Answering the Toughest Questions about Suffering and Evil

Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, with Christopher Greer.  Answering the Toughest Questions about Suffering and Evil.  Bethany House, 2017.  See here to buy the book. In this book, Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz address the problem of evil from a … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: City of God, by Augustine

I read Augustine’s City of God over the last four months.  Here are some things that I found interesting (not that this post does justice to this mammoth work): A.  The back cover of my Penguin Classics edition states: “Augustine … Continue reading

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Indoctrination or exploration?

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First Peter

Originally posted on The Jesus Memoirs:
Reception “This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you…” (2 Peter 3:1) “And the same writer [Papias of Hierapolis] uses testimonies from the first Epistle of John and from that…

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Murphy-O’Connor-appreciation and caveat

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
I’ve completed Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  It was a great read. He used his vast knowledge of the 1st century Hellenistic world to flesh out Paul’s life. There was much in the book that…

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