Category Archives: Apologetics

Responding In Persona to a Non-Friend of Barth and Torrance

Yesterday I attended the Pacific Northwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, held at Western Seminary in Portland, OR. After the last paper for the day was presented, by a genuine and true blue philosopher genius just PhD’d out of … Continue reading

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What Hath Apologetics to do With Christian Dogmatics? van der Kooi and van den Brink Speak

I have often decried the apologetics culture, particularly in North American evangelicalism (which I inhabit). My concern has always been the conflation of apologetics with the doing of Christian Dogmatics and/or what some term as Systematic Theology. Indeed, this conflation … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Christian Dogmatics, Cornelius van der Kooi, Gijsbert van den Brink | 2 Comments

Everyone is a Theologian–says Barth–Christian and non-Christian Alike

When philosophers talk about ‘god’ are they referring to the God, or instead a human projection of a no-God? When atheists talk about ‘god’ are they referring to the God, or instead a socio-phenomenal construct of god that they have … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to my Friend, An Atheist

Dear Jeff,                                                                                                                                      05-24-2015 You have written this in regard to your view of Christianity, Atheism, Agnosticism, and in your view their respective capacities to respond to human suffering and existential day-to-day reality: This facile Christianity leads to oppression, intolerance, and … Continue reading

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Deus dixit ‘God has Spoken’. The Antidote to Evangelical and ‘Liberal’ Apologetics Alike

Is there a place for Christian apologetics? I grew up (and still largely inhabit) in the North American evangelical sub-culture where J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig, along with the fellows of the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design are common … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Apologetics, Barth, Christian Culture, Karl Barth | 5 Comments

Emptiness, Nihilism. The Battles an evangelical Christian thinker might face

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I fight feelings of emptiness and nihilism when it comes to doing theology; and yet at the same time it has become the love of my life, because it is where intimacy with … Continue reading

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Something John Shore needs to Consider about ‘Reason’, the Image of God, and how it applies to God and Hell

John Shore, apparently uber-Progressive Christian blogger (never heard of him before, until just now), just wrote a post over at his Patheos blog (on the Progressive Christian channel) about God and hell. After lacing some suggestions together about why Shore … Continue reading

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The Inclusive Exclusivity of Christianity over against the Inclusivity of Pluarlism

I just posted the following to my group blog for a program I am a part of through Princeton Theological Seminary. One of our assignments was to listen to the following podcast by Eboo Patel, and the following is what … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Religions, Apologetics, Christian Kettler, Culture, John Hick | 7 Comments

Talking About God on Facebook from ‘The Faith of God’ instead of ‘The Faith of Man and Woman’

Recently I’ve been having some encounters with a former classmate of mine from my last two years of high school, apparently he no longer believes in the existence of God, and for that matter the existence of Jesus Christ. We’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Analytic Theology, Analytical Theology, Apologetics, Cultural Christianity, Culture, Evangelism | 1 Comment

Knowing God in an Evangelistic Context: “Getting Beyond Barth”

Ha, tricked you! Actually this post is directly dealing with the ‘material Barth,’ he is not anything like the ‘material girl’. The ‘material Barth’ goes beyond the politicking that has unfortunately marginalized Barth for many; the material Barth (and what … Continue reading

Posted in Analogia Entis, Analogia Fidei, Analogy of Being, Analogy of Faith, Analytic Theology, Analytical Theology, Apologetics, Barth, Karl Barth, Philosophical Theology, Prolegomena, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance