H.P. Lovecraft, the Postmillenialist?

This world is beautiful but badly broken. St. Paul said that it groans, but I love it even in its groaning. I love this round stage where we act out the tragedies and the comedies of history. I love it with all of its villains and petty liars and self-righteous pompers. I love the ants and the laughter of wide-eyed children encountering their first butterfly. … Continue reading H.P. Lovecraft, the Postmillenialist?

Athanasius and Substitutionary Atonement

Contrary to the claims of many like Brian Zahnd that Substitionary Atonement (AKA Penal Substitution) is absent from the church fathers, the great Athanasius (298-373) shows very early evidence of Substitutionary Atonement (SA) in his great work “On the Incarnation.” I will provide a small sample of some of his quotations affirming his understanding of the doctrine (all citations come from my Kindle version, the … Continue reading Athanasius and Substitutionary Atonement

Are “Provisionists” Semi-Pelagians?

Leighton Flowers is dogmatic that his soteriological approach (which he refers to as “Provisionism”) cannot be rightly identified with the ancient heresy known as semi-Pelagianism (from here on out I will refer to it as one word, Semipelagianism). Nonetheless, it is common for those of us who disagree with Dr. Flowers to level that accusation against him. Thus, I will briefly explain why, in my … Continue reading Are “Provisionists” Semi-Pelagians?

Open-Theism’s Most Unwise God

Introduction In Greg Boyd’s brief commentary on 1 Samuel 15:11 he espouses his Openness reading of “divine repentance” or “divine regret.” From his perspective as an Open Theist, we must read God’s regret with common sense, assuming it means the same thing that it would mean for any person to regret a decision. Here is Boyd in his own words, Common sense would suggest that … Continue reading Open-Theism’s Most Unwise God

Secularism Hates Your Children

Introduction A friend of mine sent me a shocking Buzzfeed article. The article was a compilation of 17 reasons why young people today don’t want to have children. At first I was going to provide commentary on each quotation, but upon closer examination every reason was essentially exactly the same. Follow the link to see for yourself. They are different words which all boil down … Continue reading Secularism Hates Your Children

Does Acts 15 Support the Papacy?

Introduction It is not uncommon for Roman Catholic apologists to point to Acts 15 as to help vindicate the Papacy. For a couple examples, Dr. Robert Sungenis did so here and here. The general claim is that at the Jerusalem Council, Peter led as the supreme authority in order to definitively end a theological controversy. This then set a standard the Christian church would later … Continue reading Does Acts 15 Support the Papacy?

Aquinas on Transubstantiation: If It Walks Like a Duck… (pt. IV)

Introduction I have always considered the doctrine of “the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions. This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas (although he is only representing the Roman Catholic view of Transubstantiation). All … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation: If It Walks Like a Duck… (pt. IV)

God Has a Wonderful Law for Your Life

The Cancer [Christianity] has become a shallow self-help cult whose chief aim is not cultivating discipleship but rooting out personal anxiety. Rod Dreher, “Live Not By Lies”, 205 God has a wonderful plan for your life. With all of its ambiguity and deception, this was the famous trademark of sorts for a prominent evangelical milieu. This novel evangelical culture became so widespread that sociologists, missiologists, … Continue reading God Has a Wonderful Law for Your Life

Aquinas on Transubstantiation: Christology (pt. III)

Introduction I have always considered the doctrine of “the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions. This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas (although he is only representing the Roman Catholic view of Transubstantiation). All … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation: Christology (pt. III)

Aquinas on Transubstantiation: On Augustine (pt. II)

Introduction I have always considered the doctrine of “the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions. This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas (although he is only representing the Roman Catholic view of Transubstantiation). All … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation: On Augustine (pt. II)