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Jan 2008
18

Paul’s gnosticism

I am currently reading through Romans with a friend at college, and we are up to Romans 7.   One of the things we mentioned was how easy it is to mis-read Paul and interpret what he says as gnostic. ..

Dec 2007
23

Atheist carol-singing

I was preparing to blog on an article I read in The Times the other day, and this morning discovered a friend had done just that! His blog post is (edit: the blog has now been closed down), the ori..

Dec 2007
19

The Perfect Christmas

This evening we watched Heston Blumenthal’s Perfect Christmas on BBC2. Normally I love watching Heston - the ‘culinary alchemist’ - with his very male cooking; it’s all gadgets, industrial equipmen..

Dec 2007
18

The wrath of God was satisfied

I have been reading some of the minor prophets recently, and it hit me quite how angry God is with his people, and with the nations surrounding them. Of Ninevah God says, ‘Behold, I am against you, d..

Dec 2007
9

Barth on Human Wickedness

This was originally published as a comment on another blog (edit: which has since been closed down) by Hueston Finlay on 13 May 2006. The author asked: ‘And what is the difference between the wickedn..

Dec 2007
8

Believing the Trinity

This was originally published as a comment on another blog (edit: since closed down) by Hueston Finlay on 13 June 2006. Someone once asked me to explain the Trinity to her. I did the standard thre..

Dec 2007
2

‘Interesting’ Service

I went to a service in an Anglican church this morning. We prayed for the souls of the dead, said that the bread and wine ‘will become’ Jesus’ body and blood, sang the wrong words to In Christ Al..

Nov 2007
28

Zoetic?

I’m writing an essay about revelation and I want to say that revelation is not just about knowledge but the transformation of one’s life. To do that I’d love to say something pithy like ‘revelatio..
Category Theology

Nov 2007
25

Barth on Mary and Jesus

Given Barth’s well-known polemical style, this quotation is perhaps not that surprising:   Mariology is an excrescence, i.e. a diseased construct of theological thought. Excrescences must be ex..

Nov 2007
19

‘One single being’?

God is not just one single being. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit: he is Trinity, he is community. And so therefore God is mutual love. Graham Tomlin, The Praise of Creation , Holy Trinity B..