One of America’s leading pastors debates one of America’s leading athiests in a four-hour conversation with Newsweek.
About every other year, I attempt a full or partial decent into the Grand Canyon. “The Hike” is amazing. While many would immediately recognize the physical challenge of such a trek (the round trip is an approximate 18-mile quest), they might miss the fact that the experience can be spiritually invigorating. My dad, Dr. Jerry Tetreau, has been leading groups for nearly two decades. One of the things Dad does each year is to send out a list of items needed. One of the most important components of this guide is the necessary preconditioning required to survive the day without ending the trip en route to the South Rim ER.
Clearwater Christian College was recently recognized as one of “America’s Best Colleges.”
Read more about this here.
Former Episcopal Bishop Daniel Herzog, known for leading a revival of evangelism and conservatism in his Diocese of Upstate New York, recently severed his ties with the Episcopal Church because of their tolerance of homosexuality. Read More about this surprising and rare move here.
If the emergents have the solution wrong, how shall we minister in a postmodern culture? Phil Johnson gives his thoughts here.
Charles Murray (The Bell Curve) discusses a theory of the role of Nebuchadnezzar in Jewish intelligence. Click here.
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The Analogy of Faith
Modern theologians used to think of theology as a science, by which they meant that it was an ordered body of knowledge that required investigation and systematization according to standardized methods. Both pre-modern and post-modern theologians know that the modern view is an oversimplification. While not entirely rejecting the notion that theology resembles the sciences, they have come to realize that it also resembles the arts. Theologians are more like scientists when they gather evidence. They are more like artists, however, when they begin to weigh and to judge the evidence. The necessity of judgment introduces an element of subjectivity into the theological enterprise. This element of subjectivity can never entirely be eliminated—in fact, it should not be. Nevertheless, it must be disciplined if the theologian is to do more than to assert preconceptions and prejudices.
Even though theologians must weigh and judge the evidence, they do not want their judgments to be purely subjective. How can the subjective element be disciplined and kept in its place? The answer to this question is contained in the word method.
Every theologian proceeds according to some method. Differences over method almost always result in differences over conclusions. Therefore, students of theology appreciate theologians who explicitly identify the method they are using.
Pulpit Magazine is discussing spanking this week. Here is a review of Clay Clarkson’s Heartfelt Discipline by Robert Achilles.
An Ethiopian church claims to have holy water that can cure AIDS. Thousands come to be baptized every day. Here is the full story.
Grade school student Michaela Bloodgood had tried to hand out fliers on the bus, during recess, or before school, but her school had banned her from doing so.
“The Liverpool Central School District in upstate New York based its restrictions on ‘fear or apprehension of disturbance, which is not enough to overcome the right to freedom of expression,’ Chief U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue wrote in a 46-page decision Friday.”
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