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The Human Condition and Christian Psychology

Since Jay Adams and no doubt earlier, the Christian world has been arguing amongst itself over the relationship between its faith and the modern science of psychology. And this is not only a disciplinary division issue, for the modern field of inquiry has experienced a history of its own, with influential luminaries who not only […]

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Ballor on Bonhoeffer

Dr Ballor offers some profoundly illuminating considerations on the life and teaching of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in an essay over at Public Discourse.

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Dr Bonhoeffer’s 70th Anniversary

Today is the 70th anniversary of the martyrdom of the man of God Dr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who in life and death bore witness to the Kingdom of God against a neo-pagan regime which strove to radically reinvent Europe in rebellion against the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus. Dr Bonhoeffer himself, as a genuine […]

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Praetorius: A Voice Against Torture

On our About page, one will see a painting of the Heidelberg Tun, a giant wine casket which was the wonder of that capitol of irenic Calvinism. There is a charming panegyric of the Tun by a presently obscure Reformed minister, poet, and scholar, one Anton Praetorius. The poem celebrates the Tun as proof of the superiority […]

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Separation Anxiety: Reviewing the Radner-Seitz Marriage Pledge

The newly apparent aggression on the part of some proponents of same-sex marriage has many Christians worried, with some justice, about possible risks to religious freedom in America. But whenever cooler heads attempt to calm the room, the more outrageous progressive politicians find a way of confirming what had previously seemed like hysterical paranoia. The recent […]

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“Traversing the Middle” at Syndicate

My contribution to an online panel discussion of Dr Gavin Hyman’s Traversing the Middle is up at Syndicate Theology; I recommend giving Dr Joshua Davis’ very shrewd engagement with it a close reading too, and then keeping an eye on ensuing conversation.

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Church or Word? Healy on Hauerwas

Dr John Webster reviews Dr Nicholas Healy’s Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction here, and finds that church-centered postliberalism might just be the same old man-centered liberalism after all: A final note: Is it really Schleiermacher who is Hauerwas’s progenitor? Might not a better candidate be the great, and neglected, Albrecht Ritschl, surely the theologian of liberal Protestant […]

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Locke the Protestant Scholastic

Much ink is still spilled over whether Locke is the father of individualist Liberalism, and though much evidence has been entered to the contrary, the view persists especially among Papalist writers, for whom such an opinion is convenient because corroborative of their theories about the effects of Protestantism. Dr John D. Mueller, whose work we’ve […]

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Hobby Lobby and Public Religion

Justin Tse offers some very astute observations on the Supreme Court decision here. By specifying that the decision only applies to “closely held” corporations, the Court attempts to restrict its judgement to the narrow border of public and private; but this case, above and beyond the particulars of the suit,  reveals that this distinction is coming […]

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The Roots of Modern Medicine

The Rev Wes Baker, a missionary in Peru, posts this very useful essay on the roots of modern medicine. I differ with his ecclesiological suppositions (he too much identifies the church with the ministerium, and does not see the civil magistracy as itself a diaconal order in certain respects, whereas the old rites of coronation […]