Podcast Alert: Prayer, Free Will, and Determinism with Chris Woznicki

I recently recored a Podcast with Ryan Mullins on human nature, prayer, and free will. You can listen to it here or on Spotify! In today’s episode, I sit down with Chris Woznicki. He recently won the IVP Early Career Philosopher of Religion prize for an essay that he wrote on human free will, determinism,Continue reading “Podcast Alert: Prayer, Free Will, and Determinism with Chris Woznicki”

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Communion and Otherness

In Communion and Otherness, John Zizioulas expands and elaborates upon ideas that were presented in Being and Communion. What sets this book from the earlier book is that instead of focusing on how communion is related to being he focuses on how otherness is related to being – what ties together communion and otherness isContinue reading “Communion and Otherness”

The Call to Personhood

In The Call to Personhood Alistair McFadyen expresses concern about two unsatisfactory conceptions of individuality and personality, these two conceptions are Individualism and Collectivism. Individualism attempts to maintain personal freedom and autonomy and Collectivism tries to take social relations and institutions seriously. However, when each of these two conceptions of personality get pressed too farContinue reading “The Call to Personhood”

7 Theories of Human Nature

 Seven Theories of Human Nature is a general introduction to philosophical anthropology. Written by Leslie Stevenson, who was a Reader in Logic and Metaphysics at the University of St. Andrews, this book focuses not only on major theories of what it is to be a human being but it also makes suggestions for how toContinue reading “7 Theories of Human Nature”

Priests of Creation – A Reflection for Earth Day

Man has been called to be a kind of midwife to creation, in assisting nature out of its divinely given abundance constant only to give birth to new forms of life and richer patterns of order. – T.F. Torrance, The Goodness and Dignity of Man On this day, Earth Day 2019, I want to suggest–byContinue reading “Priests of Creation – A Reflection for Earth Day”

Six Assumptions About The Meaning of the “Imago Dei”

Although there is deep disagreement concerning what being made in the image of God means, most theologians share a common set of assumptions regarding the doctrine. Let me share a few – specifically six – of those assumptions with you. Most theologians agree that the terms in Genesis 1, selem and demut, connote reflection andContinue reading “Six Assumptions About The Meaning of the “Imago Dei””

What’s The Proper Starting Point for Our Theology of the Image of God?

Where do we begin when reflecting upon what it means to be made in the image of God? First, this question assumes that we ought to even reflect upon this question. David Kelsey questions this assumption. He rightly points out that the doctrine is rarely explicitly stated in the Old Testament. In fact, it appears,Continue reading “What’s The Proper Starting Point for Our Theology of the Image of God?”

“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”

LATC 2018 – Adam and Christ: Human Solidarity Before God

The following are notes from Frances Young’s plenary talk. Slime Mold Japanese Scientist “trained” them to make their way through a maze A self-organizing organism that is greater than the sum of its parts Emergence & feedback mechanisms – do we need to reimagine ourselves as constituting an organism that is greater than the sumContinue reading “LATC 2018 – Adam and Christ: Human Solidarity Before God”

STANLEY GRENZ’S THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY – A CRITIQUE (PT. 4)

This is the final part of a short series in which I look at Stanley Grenz’s theological anthropology as it can be found in “The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei.” From our brief survey of Grenz’s method and content it is quite clear that Grenz has attemptedContinue reading “STANLEY GRENZ’S THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY – A CRITIQUE (PT. 4)”