God’s No is also God’s Yes

In my rereading of Church Dogmatics, by Karl Barth, I’ve arrived at IV/1 §61, “Justification.” My first time through CD was back in the late 80s and early 90s, when I was a newly minted Presbyterian pastor. I underlined frequently and made a number of marginal notes in this section. I was clearly impressed with …

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Anselm: Some Further Thoughts

I got some push back on my previous Anselm post. So first, let me clarify what I did and didn't say. What I did say is that Anselm is unfairly disparaged, especially among the Orthodox for all the theological sins of the West. I did not say that his doctrine of salvation was adequate. I …

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The Cultural Kitsch of Contemporary Personhood

Over the last couple of months I have been trying to write about the Orthodox understanding of the person. But every time I go back and look at what I’ve written, I abandon it because without a broader context, it sounds like propaganda, or even hate speech. Recently Jonathan Pageau posted a forum discussion with …

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