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Polygyny, Typology and Hermeneutics

Last Wednesday, James posted a response to an essay I had posted a week earlier, which was itself an example of the kind of thinking that Stephan had written about closer to the beginning of this blog. This excites me because it represents a respectful and serious engagement of ideas, which is what this blog is all about in the first place. Continuing this grand trajectory of ideas, I’m now posting my own response to James’ response to my application of Stephan’s original series, per his intention. All this to say: we’re all friends here, are taking our disagreement seriously and are enjoying ourselves. Continue reading


A Response to “Christian Objectivity: Polygyny”

Last week, my fellow blogger Staples offered up an argument in defense of polygyny. To say it more correctly, he offered an argument against the idea that monogamy is a practice that can be defended strongly from the Bible. It is my intention to push back on some of his ideas, and maybe end up with another response from him. I guess only time will tell.

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Theology and Pop Culture “A”

Okay, okay. This isn’t actually my series. In fact, Stephen Hale started the series on Wednesday with a post entitled Theology and Pop Culture 1: Why?. I think he will do a great job of the series, but I wanted to throw in my own two cents. I labeled this one “A” not because I necessarily intend to continue in my own series, but because I wanted to distinguish my own apocryphal posts from his canonical series. Continue reading

Love Wins: A Few Good Thoughts

I wanted to like this book. I watched as conservative bloggers jumped on the train to burn this book, and some of them certainly jumped the gun, condemning it far too early to be appropriate. While I land in the decidedly conservative theological camp, I am willing to call out conservatives when they are giving us a bad name. Damning a book to a place it allegedly argues may or may not exist before it comes out is a practice too full of uncertainties and overly zealous bloggers. Continue reading

…Yes, Among Other Things

A little over a week, ago, Damian Thompson blogged for UK newspaper Telagraph about the royal wedding. I didn’t blog about it immediately because, well, other things came up. But it hasn’t left my mind since, as I’m more than a little invested in its subject matter. Continue reading

Easy Answers and Loving My Neighbor

This week I watched a TED Talk [1]. The presenter, Dr. Brene Brown, recently finished research on the way some people are able to overcome shame and have deep relationships while others remain overwhelmed by it. According to her, the basic difference between these two groups is that the former believes themselves worthy of love, while the second isn’t convinced. It’s one of the more important lectures I’ve heard recently, especially for Christians.
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Charitable Intellects: The Solution

I’ve been thinking about the previous post on this blog, put up by our own Stephen Hale. His discussion of the reasons for arrogance from Christians in religious discussion was certainly valuable, and I appreciated his brief trace of the historical intellectual power of the Church. I do not believe Christians should be arrogant when discussing religion (nor do I believe Mr. Hale would say such a thing, even if he does not argue one way or another concerning the assumption of a hidden authority in discussions), but I was not exactly sure what could be done to fix that, except that we assume that we are not always right. This is particularly difficult for religious people, as they tend to have based their lives upon the beliefs they hold.
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