Barth: Collapsing Idealism & Cynicism

The message of Faith Without Illusions is that idealism is a farce and cynicism a dead end (“hopeful realism” is the recommended alternative). As previous posts indicate, I have been reading Barth’s Evangelical Theology (Busby is ahead of me—he read it last year).  Here is a quote from this great theologian in which both idealists…

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“TORNADIC”: a terrible new vocab word

After providing links to my articles on God & Natural Disasters in the previous post, I found myself in the lower belly of my home with my wife and kids listening to one of those outdated relics from a bygone era—a “boom box.”  We were tracking the weather reports.  “Tornadic,” said the meteorologist. “Tornadic.” Do…

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Easter & the End of Cynicism

I am really impressed with the new website Cogito | Creedo.  And I am thankful that its director, Calvin Moore, has expressed interest in Faith Without Illusions.  For Good Friday, he has published a piece I’ve written on the Resurrection.  The open tomb of Jesus announces the end of cynicism…. I just love that thought. …

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“Sexology: Porn, Justice, & Redemption” (my talk at Samford Thursday night)

Tomorrow night at Samford (6-7p, Reid Chapel) I am addressing again some hefty subjects: 1) pornography’s distortion of the theological vision of sex and sexuality presented in Scripture and 2) the connections between pornography and social justice. If you are reading this, I obligate you to lift up a prayer. We tend to view pornography…

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Social Media & Theological Discourse [6]: Social Media and “Incurvatus in se”

So Andy has been working on “Social Media & Online Theological Discourse.” In these posts, we’ve been thinking hard about several things. 1) How does social media necessarily and substantially affect theological reflection? 2) Shouldn’t Biblical wisdom regarding the “tongue” be applied to the typing? 3) Shouldn’t the Christian social media community think carefully about…

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Review of Faith Without Illusions at TheMakingofMen.com

Miranda and I were so pleased to find this review of my book, Faith Without Illusions, over at a blog devoted to inspiring the spiritual maturity of Christian men in the church—TheMakingofMen.com. It is an intimidating exercise to read words others have written about my own written words.  In this case, however, I was very…

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