Dr. Craig Blomberg, a world-class New Testament scholar, has just revised and updated his classic text The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. It was originally published in 1987 and has been very popular, being widely used by professors and laypeople alike. The 2nd edition marks its 20th anniversary and it contains new material to address developments in scholarship since its initial publishing. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to seriously engage the issues surrounding the question of the historical veracity of the New Testament. Go here for more info on the book (including the table of contents, excerpts, updated material, etc.).
progressus in infinitum: progress or advance to infinity; the alternative to the postulation of an uncaused first cause in the proofs of God’s existence; a logical impossibility on the assumption of the mutually contingent existence of all finite causes. Also termed progressio causarum in infinitum, a progress or advance of causes to infinity.
anima naturaliter Christiana: the soul by nature Christian; a phrase of Tertullian (d. ca. 220 A.D.) that indicates the natural inclination of the rational soul toward the truth of God as known to Christianity. Not a phrase characteristic of the Protestant orthodox, who held the total inability of fallen man to turn toward God or to know the fullness of divine truth apart from saving revelation. The phrase does, however, find approval among the Arminians who, following Simon Episcopius and Limborch, held the identity of the natural law (lex naturalis, q.v.) with the law of Christ (lex Christi, q.v.) and who argued the ability of the human reason in its purely natural condition (status purorum naturalium, q.v.) to know divine truth and the ability of the human will to do what is in it (facere quod in se est, q.v.) and thereby approach God’s offer of grace.
I came across a link to an article on what is called the Folsom Street Fair, which is held every year in San Francisco. The fair, which is a celebration of sadomasochism, attracts around 40,000 visitors and is the 3rd largest spectator event in California. And it is not new; it has been running since 1984. Here is an excerpt from the article detailing some of what happens at the fair: Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of hearing Alvin Plantinga lecture on Science and Religion at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Although he is getting pretty old (in his 70’s I think), he seems to be in very good health. His talk was entitled Science and Religion: Why Does the Debate Continue? Feel free to comment on areas of agreement or disagreement. Below is my summary of what he presented*: Read the rest of this entry »
There is a great discussion on this issue and the common claim that God ultimately, in all things, seeks to glorify himself. Ben Witherington, a world-class New Testament scholar, provides an insightful reply to this perspective. Check it out! Just to let the cat out of the bag…God is not a narcissist! I definitely appreciate Witherington’s perspective and must go his route on this issue.
This post is the beginning of a series of posts on Latin and Greek Theological terms. I am trying to polish up on my knowledge concerning theological vocabulary and I thought that maybe some of you Summa Philosophiae readers might be interested in some of the terms I come across. All the information I present in these posts will be taken directly from the Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms by Richard A. Muller.
crux theologorum: the cross of the theologians; i.e., the doctrinal question most troublesome to theologians, which cannot be solved in this life, viz., the question concerning the reason for the salvation of some people and not others; a term used by Lutherans to pose the problem of universal and particular grace and to point to the problem inherent both in Calvinism, which must qualify universal grace, and Arminianism, which must deny salvation by (particular) grace alone.