Current Interest: Textual Criticism

Current Interest: Textual Criticism   Prior to the emergence of the printing press (c. 1440) every ancient classic, philosophical treatise, historical record, and religious text was hand written. Some of these documents were copied in order to distribute them to the public, archive them in libraries, and preserve their continual availability for successive generations. Because […]

What is an Amateur Theologian?

What is an Amateur Theologian? Amateur Theologians is not simply the name of this project. It is much more. Amateur theologians encapsulates our approach, understanding, and expectation of theological reflection. In other words, the title of this project is shorthand for describing a particular kind of theologian. Strictly speaking, then, we are setting out to […]

Penal Substitution and Divine Child Abuse

Penal Substitution and Divine Child Abuse Illustration by Casey Dayton Certain doctrines are more liable to critique and controversy than others. Doctrines like the love of God are generally accepted and affirmed by virtually every theologian, albeit with variations. Other doctrines engender more complexity and a variegated range of views, perspectives, or are sometimes outright […]

Book Review: The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins

Book Review: The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins   Philip Jenkins in The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity has written a unique book in the field of global Christian studies. More specifically, he is seeking to project the future of the Christian religion in light of  global realities and current religious trends. Jenkins […]

Current Interest: The Septuagint

Current Interest: The Septuagint     Definition The Septuagint is the name of the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible also known as the LXX. The Hebrew Bible, translated into the Greek language, with a Latin title. Certainly, the Septuagint is a testimony to the religious, cultural, and political background of the world surrounding the […]

God Dwells Among Us

God Dwells Among Us   G.K. Beale and Mitchell Kim’s book, God Dwells Among Us (GDAU), is essentially a distillation of Beale’s more substantial work, The Temple and the Church’s Mission. The benefit of a book like this is it’s accessibility and readability for an audience that is either seeking an example of, or unacquainted […]

A Fellowship of Differents

A Fellowship of Differents: A Book Review “Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intensions may be ever so honest, earnest, and sacrificial.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Life Together Scot McKnight’s A Fellowship of Differents is a book about the church. […]

Three Go-to Resources for Learning NT Greek

Three Go-to Resources for Learning NT Greek   Below are three resources that I have found to be the most helpful in my study of NT greek. Most of my studying has been on my own. Because of this, I have journeyed around every corner of the internet trying to find anything that would help […]