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Did God Really Command Genocide? A new book by Copan and Flannagan

September 27th, 2014 9 Comments

Coming to a bookstore near you in November 2014: Did God Really Command Genocide? Coming to Terms with the Justice of God by: Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan From Baker Publishing Group’s page: “Reconciling a violent Old Testament God with a loving Jesus Would a good, kind, and loving deity ever command the wholesale slaughter of nations? […]

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“Telling the Big Story” (or how not to engage culture with theology)

May 4th, 2014 7 Comments

One thing that tends to make my eyes glaze over is the mantra, expressed so frequently by some evangelicals in New Zealand,  that we live in a post-modern society and so theology should, instead of involving the rational defense of truth, be focused on “telling the big story” or “sharing the narrative”, and we should […]

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Shawn Bawulski and the Problem of Hell: Part One

April 26th, 2014 4 Comments

The traditional conception of hell understands the punishment of the finally impenitent to be conscious eternal torment. The punishment of hell is eternal in the sense of it being of unending duration and it involves conscious torment. Annihilationists, on the other hand, argue the traditional view is contrary to scripture. They contend that, in scripture, the […]

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Dialogue with Randal Rauser

March 13th, 2014 1 Comment

When I was in Baltimore last November I caught up with fellow theologian and blogger Randal Rauser. Randal is professor of Theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton Canada. Randal and I have had some spirited but cordial exchanges in the past, including a panel discussion at the Society of Biblical Literature in 2010.While we do not […]

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Matt to speak at the 2013 Evangelical Theological Society in Baltimore on Feticide

September 19th, 2013 3 Comments

This blog’s Matthew Flannagan has had his paper “Boonin’s Defense of the Sentience Criterion: A Critique” accepted for the 65th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (“ETS”). The abstract for Matt’s paper is as follows: Abstract “Defenders of the permissibility of feticide commonly argue that killing an organism is not homicide unless the organism’s brain has […]

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Tom Wright on Hypocrisy: Catholic Church Sex Scandals, the Media and Jimmy Savile

March 9th, 2013 7 Comments

N T Wright, theologian and research professor at St Andrews University, tells the British media a few home truths about  hypocrisy and faux moral outrage. I listened in disbelief as John Humphrys interviewed Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor on Radio 4’s Today programme this week. Surely, he said, like a headmaster addressing an errant teenager, if highly placed people knew about […]

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Contra Mundum: Dawkins and Secular Hypocrisy

July 7th, 2012 105 Comments

When I was a non-Christian I was forever hearing about how Christians are hypocrites. When I converted to Christianity at 17, one thing that struck me is how often these charges were often a case of the pot calling the kettle black. While there is undoubtedly some hypocrisy within the church, it is also pervasive […]

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