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

Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus

Reggie L. Williams begins his historical and theological evaluative book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistancewith the provocative thought: What type of Jesus inspires what kind of ethical life? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the beloved World War II theologian, activist, and martyr, was not always so endearing, passionate, and empathetic. In fact,… Continue reading

Union with Christ in the New Testament: A Provocative Exegesis of the Final Judgment

[Caveat lector: Necessarily, this post will be an overly brief and superficial treatment of the immense subjects under discussion. As always, questions and comments are not only welcome, but strongly encouraged.] The Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone (sola fide) has been a matter for drawing swords and shedding ink (at least) ever since… Continue reading