Jordan Peterson seems to be everywhere. From the Joe Rogan Experience to Channel 4 News, Peterson makes an appearance. And according to David Brooks, Peterson could be “the most influential public intellectual in the Western world.” So what makes him so influential or popular? Here are four reasons. [Read more…] about Four Reasons Why Jordan Peterson Is So Popular
For the last three centuries, conservative Christians have attempted to defend traditional Christianity against the rising trend of biblical criticism. Biblical critics argued that Christian theology was layered on top of the Bible. So they wanted to get what the Bible meant before Christians added their theological biases to the text.
But does classical Christianity actually add a layer of meaning to the text that is not there? Does the Old Testament truly speak of Christ, or do we see Christ in the Old Testament by reading him into it? Should we read the Old Testament as part of a unified and inspired message about God, or is this an imposition upon the text?
These are the sorts of questions that Craig Carter attempts to answer in Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition. His basic argument is that we need to return to a uniquely Christian way of reading the Bible, which has been replaced (especially in the academy) by a naturalistic way of reading the Bible. [Read more…] about Review of Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition by Craig Carter
English translations render Isaiah 53:3 as “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (ESV) or the like (NIV, NKJV, KJV). But the word “grief” here perhaps should be translated as “sickness” (וִיד֣וּעַ חֹ֑לִי). [Read more…] about A Man of Sorrows And a Man of Sickness?
Can we trust the Old Testament? Recently, a number of Christian leaders have argued in ways that depreciate the value of the Old Testament. Most recently, Andy Stanley called his church to unhitch themselves from the Old Testament. Greg Boyd has also argued that the Old Testament does not truly portray God because the Old Testament presents God as Israel thought him to be (and they were wrong). Bruxy Cavey underscores how Jesus and not the Bible is our authority, shifting authority away from the Old Testament to Jesus.
Stanley, Boyd, and Cavey want to clarify the Bible and help their people live the Christian life. Yet I believe that they are doing just opposite for the following three reasons. [Read more…] about Three Reasons Why We Can Trust the Old Testament
Over the last thirty years, religious and non-religious alike have spent time thinking about what it means to be gay. And Christians have considered the question of, “Can someone be both gay and a Christian?” As one might expect, answers to this question vary.
Matthew Vines has argued that being gay is not a sin, and so there is no problem to being both gay and a Christian; he also argues that we should redefine marriage to include same-sex sexual partners.* Others argue that one can call themselves a gay Christian, but gay Christians cannot engage in same-sex sexual activity (e.g., Wesley Hill). Still others deny that Christians can claim the identity of being a gay Christian, although they affirm that some people are same-sex attracted. Finally, some argue that any same-sex attraction (and so a claim of gay identity) is sinful.
So who is right? While arguments from all sides are legion, Christians should affirm the sufficiency of Scripture to provide an answer. So let’s take a look at what the Bible says about the question, “Can someone be both gay and Christian?” [Read more…] about Can I Be a Gay Christian?
Some think of theology as being reserved for bookish Christians but not for everybody. To experience a vibrant spirituality, many people turn to prayer, community, and music. But theology is not on the list.
Such a view, however, saps our confidence, minimizes our salvation, stalls our growth. The only way to grow in the Christian life is to know God and his son Jesus Christ. And more relevant for this article: only a right Christology can heal your whole person, whether your desires, your will, or your pain. Put another way, if you desire wholeness and a satisfying spiritual life, then only the biblical Christ can give it to you. [Read more…] about How Only a Right Christology Can Save You and Make You Whole