Many evangelicals seem to think that systematic theology consists simply of listing the relevant Bible verses for a particular topic or doctrine. But there is much more to it than that as I explain in this video.
I just wrote a series of tweets complaining about the argument in much current constructive systematic theology. Since I thought that analysis might be of some interest to my blog (but non-Twitter) readers, I’ve reproduced those tweets below. I’ve read a lot of systematic theology over the years. Some of it is very good: clear […]
Christians regularly talk about God’s presence in space, but what do we mean when we use such language? I discuss this issue in the following passage on pages 22-23 of my 2009 book Finding God in the Shack: “if you go to church on a Sunday morning you might hear the pastor address the hushed congregation with the words: […]
Open up your trusty King James Bible, turn to 1 John 5:7, and read: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” For many centuries this verse provided a powerful, eloquent, and theologically rich summary of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, […]
In 1977 John Hick published The Myth of God Incarnate, an edited collection of essays by leading scholars which fell like a bomb on the playground of British theology. The objections to the incarnation presented by the contributors to that book were many, but perhaps the most incisive was presented by Hick himself as he railed […]
Some years ago I arrived home to see my neighbor sitting in the front seat of her car with a strange, pained expression. “Are you okay?” I called over in a faltering attempt to be neighborly. My friendly inquiry was immediately returned with an in-depth account of my neighbor’s lower back pain, its etiology, proposed course […]
My article “Calvinism and the Contrast Effect” ( https://randalrauser.com/2011/11/calvinism-and-the-contrast-effect/ ) elicited some interesting comments. Among the most interesting was from my colleague at Taylor Seminary, Jerry Shepherd. Things started out well: “Hello Randal, my good friend and colleague…” But alas, things quickly took a turn for the worse: “Let me point out here some real problems with […]