Monthly Archives: June 2007
Scot McKnight has posted a number of reviews of Vern S. Poythress’ recent book called Redeeming Science: A God-Centred Approach. I am currently reading through it and am finding to be very helpful. It is intelligent, accessible, thought-provoking and biblical. Thus far, I highly recommend it. Poythress teaches New Testament at Westminster Seminary and has PhD’s in both New Testament (Stellenbosch) and Mathematics (Harvard). He writes from a Van Tilian perspective.
Albert Mohler caused a furor a little while ago when he posted an article on his blog affirming the possibility of homosexuals being biologically predisposed to their sexual orientation. In “Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?” Mohler brought out some very interesting points regarding the debate over abortion and “designer babies.” He put it this way: one day we may have the ability to change the orientation of a child in the womb if genetic markers indicate that it may turn out to be gay. We may even be able to abort them. Would those pro-choice defenders, who also defend homosexual practice, suddenly change their opinion on abortion?
Mohler drew a lot of fire from evangelicals who believed he capitulated by saying homosexuality is biologically determined and he drew fire from homosexual advocates for saying homosexuality is a sin. I found Mohler to be quite helpful as he has given me new categories to think about in this issue.
Read Mohler’s response to the controversy here.
Dr. Mark Garcia, an OPC minister and visiting professor of history at Cambridge University has debated atheist Prof. Simon Blackburn at Girton College, Cambridge. I haven’t listened to it yet, but hope to soon. Let me know your thoughts! The audio is hosted by Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England where Ian Hamilton and Chad van Dixhoorn minister.
On my way to work this morning I listened to the first of a three part series called “Recovering Mother Kirk” by church historian Darryl Hart. The title of the lecture is “The Crisis of Reformed Identity.” He makes a point about older Reformed Christians on conversion that I thought strange. Hart claims that Reformed theology historically has not viewed conversion as an instantaneous event that occurs once in the life of the believer, rather it is a lifelong process. He said that conversion is akin to sanctification. Sadly, he only alluded to some of the earlier Confessions but did not point to anything or anyone in particular. The statement is made around 40-45 minutes into the lecture. Would any of you who may read this blog have any thoughts as to who would have articulated this? Do you agree with Hart on this? It is a very interesting statement to make.
My friend Keith Brooks has a helpful little post on The Meeting House’s view of “Christianity is not a religion.” He notes the comparison between liberalism and evangelicalism on their elevation of experience over doctrine. So Keith…we gotta hang man!
Just a reminder to those interested that J. I. Packer will be speaking at the Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection tonight, hosted at Tyndale University College. Packer will be receiving the Centre’s Senior Scholar award. My friend Justin Galotti will be receiving a Junior Scholar award as well. Dr. Haykin will introduce Dr. Packer who will then give a lecture on “Evangelicalism and the Future.” There is no charge and the event starts at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!