Doing Scholarship for the Regular Guy

Introduction: Let me start by saying that I am not against scholarship. In fact, I myself am currently engaged in scholarly activity as a Ph.D. student studying Church History. I serve alongside a pastor who will graduate this December with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.  I read scholarly books and journals. I am a member of a scholarly society (Evangelical Theological Society), and I am in the process of composing a scholarly dissertation. I like libraries and old books to boot. I say all this so that the reader might recognize that what I am saying in this brief post is […]

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Books Worth Reading: “Is God Anti-Gay?” by Sam Allberry

It is no secret that one of the hottest cultural topics in our society today is the matter of homosexuality. Recently, advocates of homosexuality have won several major victories in both federal and state courts in the United States. Homosexuality has also been legalized in several countries around the world in which it was formerly forbidden. Secular culture is increasingly tolerant of the homosexual lifestyle, in many cases making efforts to actively promote it, as evidenced by the fact that many private companies are now recognizing gay marriages and are offering the same benefits to married homosexual and heterosexual couples. As a result Christians […]

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Blood Sacrifice: Primitive and Offensive, Now and Then

  • By Andrew Lindsey
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  • July 25, 2013

My problem is this: the language of blood sacrifice was appropriate to people used to the sacrifices that were part of ancient temple worship, but is totally alien to our world… Moreover, an atonement theology that says God sacrificed his own son in place of humans who needed to be punished for their sins might make some Christians love Jesus, but is an obscene picture of God. It is almost heavenly child abuse, and may infect our imagination at more earthly levels as well. I do not want to express my faith through a theology that pictures God demanding blood […]

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The Bodily Resurrection

In a comment on a previous blog entry in this series, a reader of this blog wrote concerning John Dominic Crossan’s denial of the resurrection: “Perhaps Mr. [Crossan] has never read I Cor. 15:12-19. If there is no resurection, Christians are the stupid…

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SBC Calvinism Advisory Committee Panel Discussion

At the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention [SBC] this past June, there was a panel discussion with members from the SBC Calvinism Advisory Committee, which was headed by Drs. Frank Page and David Dockery. [Video from the panel discussion …

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Gospel Parallels and Qur’anic Parallels

Muslim apologists will often make much of differences in the Gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in order to argue that the New Testament writings have been corrupted. So, for example, a Muslim apologist may ask, ‘How many people supposedly…

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Should We Evangelize Extraterrestrials?

Recently, when I was doing a project for a class in higher education, I came across an article written by Vincent Kiernan in The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “Can Science and Theology Find Common Ground?” The article presented …

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Dr. Russell Moore: The State’s Interest in Marriage Briefly Explained

Why does the state have any interest in recognizing marriages at all? I believe that many people- even many Christians who greatly value marriage- would be hard pressed to offer an answer to this question; marriage is currently seen as a mere personal choice, with little thought given to the broader societal impact of marriage.

At a “Next Generation Event” during the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, helpfully gave one main reason for the state’s interest in marriage:

The reason why the state [traditionally] recognizes male/female one-flesh unions: there’s a reason for that. There are all kinds of things the state doesn’t recognize that are important things: lots of us in this room are friends, [but] we didn’t go to the courthouse and register our friendship, and, if we ever get mad at one another and decide we’re not going to speak to one another, we don’t go to the courthouse and deal with it that way; the state doesn’t care who you’re friends with, [so] why does the state care who you’re married to? The state cares who you’re married to because (the state has an interest in that because) a male/female union- at least potentially- has some implications that society has to deal with, and those “implications” are called children. And so the state has to recognize, in some way, marriage, unless you’re going to have the kind of society where children are just abandoned on the side of the road and no one is taking care of them. I mean, really, when you think about the state’s interest in marriage, it boils down to, at the most basic level, issues of child support: ‘who’s responsible for this baby?’ The state is interested in that.

[The rest of the video from which the above quote was taken may be seen HERE.]

Even more recently, in an interview with National Review Online, Dr. Moore again gave a succinct answer concerning the state’s interest in marriage, this time explicitly mentioning the state’s interest in promoting situations in which children have the benefit of both a father and a mother:

The government has recognized marriage for one reason. The union of a man and a woman has implications for all of society in a way other relationships don’t. Male/female sexuality brings with it the possibility of children. Very few of us want the sort of “lord of the flies” laissez-faire kind of society which doesn’t care what happens to children. Encouraging the sort of fidelity that maintains, wherever possible, the right of a child to both a mother and a father is a state interest.

[The rest of the article from which the above quote was taken may be read HERE.]

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