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Obscurantism

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,

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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

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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

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Folk Theology

“Folk Theology: Twenty Urban Legends in Theology” http://feedly.com/k/ZKzq0G Good Read

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Glenn Leatherman

I am first of all a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. I affirm Evangelical Christian beliefs as well as  Gospel driven in philosophy of ministry. I am married to Ann and am raising 2 wonderful boys – Jonathan and Andrew. My purpose is to build disciplemaking disciples that are becoming fishers of men in fully displaying of God’s Glory in all things. Learn more

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