Active Pacifism

“What exists is possible (p. 1),” says Kenneth Boulding. This is the opening quote in Ronald J. Sider’s book, Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried. Sider goes on to quote Mahatma Gandhi, “Between violence and cowardly flight, I can only prefer violence to cowardice (p. 17).” Which brings… Continue reading

Sola Scriptura or Solo Scriptura?

Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation is a manifesto, exploring the sensibilities of theological retrieval. Michael Allen and Scott Swain seek to reclaim the role of tradition making as “the processes and products by which the church receives and transmits apostolic teaching not simply as human cultural activities and artifacts but… Continue reading

Human origins: Hubble telescope or van Gogh?

What kind of picture is Genesis 1-3? Is it a Hubble telescope photo or van Gogh’s Starry Night? In his newest book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate, John Walton explains his approach to the origins debate in this way: “[T]he Bible is not a scientific textbook…. Continue reading