Amanda MacInnis on Postliberal Thought

Amanda MacInnis has written a four part series on Postliberal theology.

The Role of the Church in Postliberal Thought — Strengths, and Some Concluding Thoughts

The Role of the Church in Postliberal Thought — The Problem of Antirealism

The Role of the Church in Postliberal Thought — Definition and Mission of Church

The Role of the Church in Postliberal Thought — Strengths, and Some Concluding Thoughts

You should check them out. They are well worth the read.

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June 6 Raputre Update

It’s just after 4 pm PST in Seattle, and this is your rapture update.

It is just after midnight on June 7th in Spain, France, and the United Kingdom. Guess what, no sign of the rapture. No comment yet from the failed prophet himself, Steve Fletcher. I’ll do one more update tomorrow morning, but I’m calling this one busted. Guess his “Bible lock” isn’t as accurate as he thought…

Review: Faith, Film And Philosophy

Faith, Film and Philosophy: Big Ideas On The Big Screen

Editors: R. Douglas Geivett and James S. Spiegel

Paperback: 311 pages

Publisher: Intervarsity Press

ISBN: 978-0-8308-2589-9

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It’s no secret that I am interested in the intersection of faith and pop culture, especially theology and film. This book has been on my reading list for a while and I have even utilized it for researching religious themes in movies.

This book consists of fourteen essays dealing with theological and philosophical themes that are prevalent in movies.

These fourteen essays offer wonderful reflection on classic and contemporary films following several major themes, all within the context of Christian faith: (1) the human condition, (2) the human mind and the nature of knowing, (3) the moral life, and (4) faith and religion. (Back cover)

While I have a soft spot for science fiction, I found this book to be extremely helpful in opening up my mind to religious and philosophical themes in other genres. Some of the movies examined in this book are Citizen Kane, 2001, Legends of the Fall, and Bowling for Columbine.

Some of the other reviews I read stated that the book was more philosophical than religious. I did not find that to be true. I thought the authors of the essays struck a balance between philosophy and theology. In some cases, it is hard to separate the philosophy from the theology, so I can understand where this claim comes from, although, I disagree.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It opened my eyes to religious themes that appeared in genres outside of science fiction. It also brought to my attention movies that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of as having religious themes. I think the authors of the essays do a good job of explaining philosophical and/or theological terms for people who may not have an understanding of philosophy or theology. Also, this book can be taken as a whole or in parts. Say you are running a small group on film and theology and want to watch Pretty Womanyou could read just the chapter dealing with Pretty Woman or you could expand more and read the section on the human condition. That makes this book very versatile for small group leaders. But, I would say that some understanding of faith and film is necessary for utilizing this book. This book delves into specifics and an general knowledge would be helpful and would enhance the readers experience with this book.

Disclaimer:
I received this book free from Intervarsity Press. Providing me a free copy in no way guarantees a favorable review. The opinions expresses in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Mark Driscoll’s Bad Eschatology

I know I’m a bit late to the whole Mark Driscoll said something stupid (again) party, but tough.

During his talk at the Catalyst Conference, Driscoll said this little gem:

I know who made the environment and he’s coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV.

And several people thought this was tweet worthy and took the statement to Twitter. Stephanie Drury picked up on it and started retweeting.

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The problem with this is it’s not a part of the biblical narrative. In Genesis, God gives dominion of creation to humankind, but here’s the kicker, we are to rule as God would rule. And, there is no corresponding biblical text exempting us from dominion over creation.

Dominion does not mean that we can do whatever the hell we want with creation, because ultimately, it isn’t ours. We are to rule over creation as God would rule over creation. And God called the whole of creation very good.

What this basically boils down to is Dricsoll’s theology of “fear.”

Read what others have to say. I’m not going to rehash their arguments.

Bad Theology: The King James Bible Code

As if the Bible Code wasn’t bad enough, there’s a King James Bible Code…

There is not a secret code in the Bible or in the King James Bible specifically…just sayin’!

A Call for Podcasts and Blogs

Occasionally, I solicit readers for suggestions on podcasts and blogs I should subscribe to. Well, it’s that time again.

Here’s a list of podcasts I listen to:

  • NPR Religion
  • Religion & Ethics Weekly
  • Homebrewed Christianity
  • History of the Christian Church
  • A Word from the Holy Fathers
  • On Pop Theology (trying out)

I will not list the blogs that I read as that would just take too much time.

Anyways, feel free to offer your suggestions.

Really @YouVersion? Focus on the Family Devotionals?

I’ve been a fan of the YouVersion Bible app for some time. I like it because it has several of the translations that I use on a regular basis in one hand location. But I think these latest additions may outweigh the convenience of having several translations in one handy-dandy location.

  1. New City Catechism video series offers a collection of questions and answers teaching foundational theological principles. Designed to serve both children and adults. From The Gospel Coalition and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. 20 days
  2. Focus on the Family features Reading Plans—including four brand-new ones from President Jim Daly—specifically designed to help families live out their faith based on biblical principles.

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of either The Gospel Gossip Coalition or Focus on the Family. This might be the proverbial straw the broke the camels back for me and my continued used of this app.