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No Blog is an Island – 6.17.11


Let’s have some links, shall we?

More on the Historical Adam:

  • Daniel Kirk has some great posts on looking at Adam through theological lenses, trying to capture his place in the Gospel story aside from questions of historicity: Adam as ‘Story Starter‘, Adam as a type of ‘King‘, and Adam as a model for man-woman relationships.
  • Kevin DeYoung feels as strongly as ever that Adam was a historical person.
  • Matt Emerson uses intertextual analysis to support the claim that Adam was a historical person, using the Bible’s internal references and the authority of canonicity.
  • Peter Sanlon examines Augustine’s views on the matter at hand.

In non-Adam related news:

  • Marc Cortez follows up his tongue-lashing to Calvinists from last week with a corresponding sally at the Arminians, just to keep it fair.
  • Trevin Wax shows how the Ten Commandments are more statements about God than rules to be followed.
  • Kevin DeYoung and Tullian Tchividjian have had a back and forth on the place of ‘effort’ in the life and faith of the Christian.  It’s fascinating: one, two, three, four.
  • Michael Patton shares what it’s like to have depression make him feel unqualified to minister to others.
  • Justin Taylor quotes from Os Guinness’ and David Well’s Lausanne paper on the tension inherent in the Church’s relationship with the world.
  • Marc Cortez explores the difficult and agonizing decision whether to divorce your church.
  • Gabriel Torretta is rightfully excited for the release of a new video game in  Japan called El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, which is based on Gen 5:24 and the apocryphal Book of Enoch and is about Enoch’s attempt to hunt down and capture renegade angels.  This sounds shamelessly awesome!
  • Frederich Buechner (via Jake Meador):

If you tell me Christian commitment is a kind of thing that has happened to you once and for all like some kind of spiritual plastic surgery, I say go to, go to, you’re either pulling the wool over your own eyes or trying to pull it over mine. Every morning you should wake up in your bed and ask yourself: “Can I believe it all again today?” No, better still, don’t ask it till after you’ve read The New York Times, till after you’ve studied that daily record of the world’s brokenness and corruption, which should always stand side by side with your Bible. Then ask yourself if you can believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ again for that particular day. If your answer’s always Yes, then you probably don’t know what believing means. At least five times out of ten the answer should be No because the No is as important as the Yes, maybe more so. The No is what proves you’re human in case you should ever doubt it. And then if some morning the answer happens to be really Yes, it should be a Yes that’s choked with confession and tears … and great laughter.

  • Joe Carter shares a video of a talk by a Dr. Peter Williams from Cambridge, who uses what Carter calls an ‘algorithm-enhanced close reading’ of the Gospels to support their authenticity.  It’s really fascinating.

One Comment
  1. Marc Cortez permalink

    Hey Nate, thanks as always for the links. And, thanks for noting that I strive to be fair (i.e. make fun of everyone equally!).

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