Essay / Education

Friends with Aristotle and Each Other

Here's an episode of The Common Room, the periodic vidcast of the Torrey Honors Institute, made possible by OpenBiola. What we try to capture and share in Common Room conversations is a little bit of the ongoing dialogue that makes…

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Essay / Literature

Doctrine Leaping Out of Its Chains: Review of Young's "Construing the Cross"

Young, Frances M. Construing the Cross: Type, Sign, Symbol, Word, Action. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2015. Frances M. Young’s Construing the Cross is no mere exercise by a young scholar with an idea, research leave and a bibliography. Rather, this…

Essay / Theology

Why Say Dogmatics?

It seems to me that a couple of decades ago, you rarely heard the word "dogmatics" used in polite company. "Systematic Theology" had more or less taken over the usage field. You might hear this sort of statement: "You know…

Essay / Literature

Silent No More: CS Lewis' Cosmological Theory of the Atonement

According to C.S. Lewis’ Ransom Trilogy, our home is “Thulcandra—the silent planet,” for “it alone is outside the heaven, and no message comes from it. That is to say, no message came from our planet, until Ransom was kidnapped, and brought to Malacandra…

Essay / Theology

Biblical Grounding for the Christology of the Councils

I have a brief article in the Criswell Theological Review's Fall 2015 theme issue on christology. The article is "Biblical Grounding for the Christology of the Councils," CTR 13/1 (Fall 2015) 93-104. The main thing I argue in the article is…

Essay / Theology

Amorites and Exile

[caption id="attachment_28706" align="alignright" width="334"] Idols as imagined by Basil Wolverton[/caption] This week I got to discuss 1 and 2 Kings with Torrey students. Our sessions were full of surprises (at least for me), and I'm just going to jot down…

Essay / Theology

Universal Fatherhood of God: No! and Yes...

There's a 5-page essay on "The Fatherhood of God" in the 1952 book The Faith: A Symposium of Bible Doctrine. The book, though it never clearly says so, is a collection of essays by Plymouth Brethren writers, and includes among…

Essay / Theology

UnTrinitarian Discouragement (Sibbes)

Richard Sibbes' (1577–1635) book The Bruised Reed is an extended meditation on discouragement. Sibbes has penetrating insight into how grace and disgrace are always mingled in the life of the Christian. Following his wise counsel can deliver you from unrealistic…

Essay / Culture

The Hunting Grounds

A recent documentary, The Hunting Ground, explores the tragedy of sexual assault on university and college campuses across the nation. Directed by Oscar-nominated Kirby Dick, maker of The Invisible War, which discusses the epidemic of rape within the military, The…