Christian Philosophy, Prosperity Gospel, and Lutheran Insults

March 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

My Posts From This Week

Doing Philosophy As A Christian

Doing philosophy as a Christian means doing philosophy under the authority of the Lord Jesus and of the Bible, the Word of God. It means reasoning within the bounds of religion. It means, in the end, doing philosophy in a way that aims intentionally at the ultimate goal of personal transformation into the image of Christ, and of extending a meaningful invitation to others to enter into that transformation – that is, of extending the kingdom of God on earth (67).

Justification: Historical Perspective and Contemporary Debates

The editors, James K. Beilby and Paul R. Eddy are joined by Steven E. Enderlein to frame the history of justification as well as the contemporary debates before the individual contributors take center stage…

In chapter 1, the authors trace as clearly as I think you can, the doctrine of justification from the early church all the way to recent ecumenical conversations between Lutherans and Catholics.

Then, chapter 2 comes into even more recent history, particularly with the last three decades of research mounting on the apostle Paul.

Grace Seasoned Rhetoric

Hopefully, as we move forward in the discussion of justification and other hot topics, I can follow the above guidelines and I would hope you can too. I know it may be a lot to ask in the world of blogging, but I’m confident that grace-seasoned rhetoric and dialogue is possible even while clinging strongly to what you believe is true.

Faith That Moves Mountains: A Prosperity Gospel Blunder

Osteen is not alone in using this verse like this to support some version of the idea that if you just have faith, you can move mountains (e. g. here, here, and here). The question however, is whether that does justice to what Jesus was saying, or is it yet another example of well-meaning Bible interpreters (being generous here) pulling a quote out of context to support a type of “prosperity gospel” or some kind of “name it, claim it” theology?

The short answer is, yes, that is exactly what this is, and if you’re biblically literate, you probably intuitively knew that. So, if that’s not what Jesus is talking about, what is he talking about?

Theological Commentary: Evangelical Perspectives

If you’re interested in really digging into what theological interpretation is all about, with actual diverse examples (that you should notice cover every genre of literature in Scripture), then this is a great book to have on hand. As part of my own journey trying to under the movement better, this collection of essays was helpful to see how well it could be done, as well as how it could tend to feel unsatisfying.

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I'm an avid reader, musician, and high school Bible teacher living in central Florida. I have many paperback books and our house smells of rich glade air freshners. If you want to know more, then let's connect!

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