Call for Abstracts: 6th Annual Theistic Ethics Workshop

Call for Abstracts 6th Annual Theistic Ethics Workshop College of William and Mary October 22-24, 2020 Confirmed Speakers: Lara Buchak (University of California, Berkeley) Helen De Cruz (St. Louis University) Christian Miller (Wake Forest University) Derk Pereboom (Cornell University) Samuel Fleischacker (U of Illinois, Chicago) Goal: Contemporary philosophy of religion has been richly informed by importantContinue reading “Call for Abstracts: 6th Annual Theistic Ethics Workshop”

“To Heal a Fractured World” by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – A Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes that “the twenty-first century confronts humanity with challenges and scope that seem to defy solution.”[1] (264) A brief perusal of any national newspaper will quickly verify the truth of this claim: regional conflict has kept millions of Yemenis in a state of famine, migrant children suffer atrocities in American detention centers,Continue reading ““To Heal a Fractured World” by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – A Review”

Do We Believe in Consequences? Revisiting the “Incoherence Objection” to Penal Substitution

An article I wrote defending a version of penal substitutionary atonement just came out in “Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie.” It’s a constructive model I call the “penal-consequence view.” It’s not necessarily the view I hold to but it’s a view that I think might be helpful to some who want to defendContinue reading “Do We Believe in Consequences? Revisiting the “Incoherence Objection” to Penal Substitution”

“HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN IDENTITY: Response” – ROWAN WILLIAMS – THE 2018 PAYTON LECTURES

This year’s Payton Lectures are being given by the Right Reverend Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury – what follows are my notes from the discussion after the first lecture. Payton Lectures Theology and Human Rights: Tension or Convergence “Human Rights and Human Identity” (Response) The Right Reverend Rowan Williams Respondent #1: Matt KaemingkContinue reading ““HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN IDENTITY: Response” – ROWAN WILLIAMS – THE 2018 PAYTON LECTURES”

“Human Rights and Human Identity” – Rowan Williams – The 2018 Payton Lectures

This year’s Payton Lectures are being given by the Right Reverend Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury – what follows are my notes from this first talk. Payton Lectures Theology and Human Rights: Tension or Convergence “Human Rights and Human Identity” (Lecture) The Right Reverend Rowan Williams Are “human rights” – a part ofContinue reading ““Human Rights and Human Identity” – Rowan Williams – The 2018 Payton Lectures”

Love, Obedience and Moral Obligation: Reflections on Scotus

Last week at 2016 Analytic Theology Seminar Series at Fuller Seminary Thomas Ward presented a paper on love for God in Duns Scotus’ works. For interaction with this paper see a forthcoming blog post by JT Turner on Fuller’s Analytic Theology Blog. In the meantime here are some notes on Thomas Ward’s Lecture.   Love, ObedienceContinue reading “Love, Obedience and Moral Obligation: Reflections on Scotus”

An Ethics of Love and Future Generations – Frances Howard-Snyder

The second plenary session at this year’s CCT conference was Frances Howard Snyder, on the Ethics of Love. Here are some notes: 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is likeContinue reading “An Ethics of Love and Future Generations – Frances Howard-Snyder”

The Government’s Mission is to Serve Christ

The title of this post seems ridiculous – especially in this post-Christian world. But its true. The Government’s Mission is to Serve Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, prophet, martyr, spy – gives the rationale behind this idea: The mission of government to serve Christ is at the same time its inescapable destiny. Government serves Christ noContinue reading “The Government’s Mission is to Serve Christ”

Legalism and Law-Keeping

J.I. Packer on Legalism and keeping biblical law: No doubt ever appears about the universal applicability and authority of laws commanding and forbidding particular things… and John tell us ‘this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.” In 1957… John Murray wrote: ‘It is symptomatic of a pattern of thought current inContinue reading “Legalism and Law-Keeping”

Galatians and Christian Theology

In 2012 a large group of scholars gathered at St. Andrews for the fourth in a series of triennial Scripture and Theology conferences. This particular year’s focus was upon Galatians and Christian Theology. The results of this conference were published in this extensive collection of essays. This collection of essays is comprised of three sections:Continue reading “Galatians and Christian Theology”