Obscurantism is defined as a rejection of or opposition to enlightenment. The question becomes, “Is refusal to admit new insight and perspectives in one’s understanding obscurantist?” Oxford Professor Charles A. Whittuck contends that obscurantism is a primary temptation for those of religious conviction, if for no other reason that it is found more in religion than anywhere else. The term was used during the Renaissance of those who opposed the new learning, and during the nineteenth century in Catholicism of those who desired to preserve the medieval Catholic Church unchanged. From a social perspective some of the extremely conservative Mennonite communities, such as the Amish could be considered obscurantist on their very face. Another example would be Muslim Fundamentalism. Other examples while not so blatantly obvious, yet can be profoundly pervasive. The adage “I know what I believe, don’t confuse me with the facts,” describes in a nutshell the obscurantist mentality. Read … [Read more...]

Do some Christians have an inability to separate their understanding of truth from TRUTH itself?

I see a tendency that is present in each individual who studies theology. That tendency is to identify our own understanding of the truth with the truth itself. That understanding becomes so tightly held that there is the irrational fear that reality itself will come unraveled if we are to change our position or open our minds to new perspectives. One might even charge that with some degree of accuracy that the inability to separate our understanding of truth from TRUTH itself is a claim that we have, at least on this issue the complete understanding of God himself. Read the whole article: Hardening of the Categories: Why Theologians Have Opposed “New Knowledge” … [Read more...]

A Pilgrim Theology Quote

Some theologians, however, being either unable or unwilling to pursue their quarry any further, become entrenched.... They learn to tolerate unremedied paradox when unremedied paradox should be shunned. Perhaps they do so because to them the prospect of going back (perhaps even to the beginning) is too unsettling and too daunting. Rather than striking out in a new direction, or pioneering uncharted territories in search of the doctrinal Northwest Passage they hunker down and plant settlements in comfortable valleys, having decided at last that they will never reach the sea, or even continue to try. They have forgotten that, in this case, it is better to travel hopefully and never to arrive than to settle prematurely. To that extent, then, their theological settlements are a failure of nerve. Fatigue and uncertainty have made it seem more desirable to plant roots than to look around one more doctrinal bend or to climb up and peer over one more theological hill. The spirit of pioneering … [Read more...]

Folk Theology

"Folk Theology: Twenty Urban Legends in Theology" http://feedly.com/k/ZKzq0G Good Read … [Read more...]

The Real Scandle of Christian Mind

eJournal : The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind | 9Marks It is refreshing to see how what we believe affects our commitments and now believe.  Carl Trueman sows how slippery Theology and the craving of worldly acceptance go hand in hand.  He states:We live in strange times. Hardly a year goes by without some conference on the future of the evangelical church somewhere having at least one speaker, or sometimes even a slate of speakers, who arguably represent precisely the kind of theology that has emptied pews, castrated preaching, and disemboweled commitment to the gospel. He goes on to give several reasons for this relationship between slippery theology and worldly acceptance, including that, "If a movement, or church doesn't understand what it is, then in cannot make any real and satisfactory determination who who belongs and who doesn't."   see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

Good Biblical dialogue

Many dialogues today are very immature from my perspective.  I love it when believers can talk about Scripture and their beliefs in a winsome and humble way in an effort to learn from each other and not just talking past each other.  I love it when other brothers and sisters in Christ can dialog in a agreeable way over their different perspectives in an effort to learn and grow to know Christ more fully. http://vimeo.com/24828722 Chandler, Horton, Keller on How to Disagree from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.The terms of theological have changed rapidly and dramatically with the spread of the internet. So how ought Christians to disagree with one another and with other theological opponents? In this video: Matt Chandler, Michael Horton, Tim KellerPermalink: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/chandler_horton_keller_on_how_to_disagreesee also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

What is Theology?

http://youtu.be/7Lb7WWNCBpE see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

Application of an Optical Illusion

Over at Calvinistic Cartoons that put this up and asked for a way to apply this optical illusion (Believe it or not, even though it appears to be wobbly every line is perfectly parallel) to a bible study or to a theological issue.  I want to know the same thing.  How would you use this to teach a theological lesson or begin a Bible study? see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

A Review of Rick Warren’s Sermon at Desiring God by a Lutheran

A MP3 critical review of Rick Warren sermon at Desiring God Conference.Critical Review of Rick Warren at Desiring God 2010 or audio at Pirate Christian Radio below see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

Eschatology + Ecclesiology Equation is a Big Variable in Your Biblical Theology

The chart below is used to explain the overall landscape of the relationship Ecclesiology (doctrine of the church) to Eschatology (Doctrine of last things or end times).  Along the spectrum of Ecclesological position that people take today is Classical Covenant Theology (CCT) at one end and Classical Dispensational theology (CDT) at the other end (CCT---------------------------------------CDT), with several options in the middle (one of which is New Covenant Theology (what is what I currently hold to).  Both sides would claim that they hold to a literal interpretation of the bible. Chart Link:Understanding the Big picture of Eschatology and its relationship to Ecclesiology v 2 - Powered by Google Docs To help one understand this a little better one needs to know how that Ecclesiastical position  defines the people of God throughout time  places the covenants (both biblical and theological) in relationship to each other, and  especially the relationship between the the church with … [Read more...]