Category Archives for "Theology"

Before Rethinking Hell, Rethink the Worthiness of God

There’s a conference going on in my area this weekend. It’s called “Rethinking Hell,” and as you’d likely guess from the title, the point of the conference is to call into question the “traditional” view of hell as eternal conscious torment. The view which this conference suggests instead is often called annihilationism—the view that hell […]

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What Is “Knowledge” in Romans 1?

When it comes to a Christian view of philosophy––and especially a Christian view of epistemology––the primary battle ground is Romans 1. In that chapter, Paul talks about “what can be known” about God apart from Scripture. This knowledge of God apart from Scripture, Paul explains, comes “through the things that have been made.” In other […]

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General Revelation—Do You Understand It?

This post was a collaborative effort between Ben Williamson and Cody Libolt. When someone tells you what they did, that is special revelation. When you see what they did, that is general revelation. In any relationship, there will be some of both. But many Christian thinkers seem to overlook the special-general distinction when talking about […]

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Faith Is More Than Trust

What is faith? Atheist intellectuals will say that it is a substitute for reason, a way of “knowing” something to be true when there’s no (sufficient) reason to believe it–like believing in fairy-tales, or Santa Clause. Christian intellectuals–or, at least, the better ones–will insist that it isn’t a way of knowing at all; that it’s […]

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Revelation and Responsibility

One of the most important questions for the Christian intellectual is: How does the truth of Scripture relate to the truth of philosophy, or science, or history? If we put it in terms of “revelation,” it becomes: how does special revelation relate to general revelation?

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On Intellectual Adultery

Adultery is often thought of as one of the most serious of sins (and rightly so). However, one of the reasons our contemporary culture counts it as so heinous is because it is so sensual. We tend to rank sensual, fleshy, sins as more wicked than “ethereal,” spiritual, or intellectual sins.

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The “Wisdom of the World”

Often when one Christian thinks that another is utilizing too much philosophy (or the wrong kind of philosophy), the former charges the latter of using “the wisdom of the world,” or relying too heavily on “human wisdom.”

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