On Lighthearted Tragedy

On Lighthearted Tragedy

Peter Leithart wrote a piece for First Things  recently titled “The Tragedy of Conversion.” Now as you probably know, Peter and I have a quite a history, so while I doubt I was the sole inspiration for his lament, I’m sure I was at least a significant part of it. Leithart makes it clear that what he considers “tragic” are “cross-Christian conversions, from Protestant to Catholicism or Orthodoxy, or the...

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Liberal Orthodoxy, Orthodox Liberalism

Liberal Orthodoxy, Orthodox Liberalism

A friend of mine was interviewed on Real Time with Bill Maher  Friday night about his new film, GMO OMG, and the segment shifted topics from Monsanto to Pope Francis. Maher, a notorious liberal opponent of right-wing Christianity, made a comment to the effect of, “It’s getting to the point where when people ask rhetorically, ‘Is the pope Catholic?’ I have to answer, ‘F**k if I know!’ Everything seems...

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Is the Pope Catholic?

Is the Pope Catholic?

My online admirer Darryl Hart has argued that, when discussing American Presbyterianism, the labels “liberal” and”conservative” are misnomers. The reason for this is that such a taxonomy misses the gist of why certain Presbyterian ministers were against the evangelical revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In short, when one is operating from a strict liberal/conservative grid in which liberals were...

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On the Magisterium’s (Sort Of) Superiority

On the Magisterium’s (Sort Of) Superiority

In a recent comment in this thread at Called to Communion, Ray Stamper provided what I think is a helpful distinction with respect to the kinds of problems the Catholic view of authority can solve, versus the kinds it can’t (who, us  triumphalistic?). He writes: But are you not able to acknowledge that the kind of crisis being pointed out by CTC and CCC is different than the kind of crisis you keep pointing to in the Catholic Church?...

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It is Finished. . . .

It is Finished. . . .

As a kind of wrap-up to our series on the atonement, here’s what has been argued thus far: First, the way the Old Testament in general uses the term, and speaks of the concept of, atonement is one in which a sacrificial gift is offered by the offender to the offended that, due to its inherent value, satisfies and appeases the one to whom it is given. Guilt or punishment is never attributed to the offering. Second, this general idea is...

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Where There’s One Will, There’s No Way

Where There’s One Will, There’s No Way

(This is a guest post by Jonathan Prejean.) *** Thanks to Jason Stellman (JJS) for inviting me to the discussion at Creed Code Cult concerning penal substitution.  To recap, we have been discussing what one might call the “strong” view of penal substitution, which says not only that Christ paid the penalty by sin but that the sins of the elect were punished by God in Christ.  This imputation of guilt to Christ is sometimes...

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