News and Links

Prison Break Season 1As I am very bad at keeping up to date with e-mail correspondence with my friends and family, from time to time I will post news updates on this blog. The last few weeks have been relatively uneventful. Last week I started studying Latin with my housemate John, which has been quite an enjoyable experience so far and makes something of a change from the things that we usually do. Last week I also received the DVDs of season 1 of Prison Break, which John and I have been watching compulsively ever since.

Since my Chinese teacher from last semester returned to China I have been unable to find a replacement. I know of a few places where I might possibly find one, but haven’t had any success yet. I have been studying theological German this semester instead (with Jon and a couple of others), which is another first for me. The German is nowhere near as intense as the Chinese was last year and so I have a lot more free time in which to read, play Settlers of Catan, card games, Civilization IV and other such things. I am taking modules in John’s gospel and Hebrew praise and lament this semester. Both have been stimulating so far, particularly the John’s gospel module, for which we have Markus Bockmuehl, who is quite brilliant and a privilege to study under.

Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral MinistryThis morning I received a copy of Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry in the mail. I have only read the first chapter, which does not augur well for my enjoyment of the rest of the book. I fear that my blood pressure might be raised next week, in which I plan to finish reading it. Fortunately I am reading a number of other enjoyable books at the moment, which should help in this respect. Yves Congar’s I Believe in the Holy Spirit is a good read, as are Richard Bauckham’s The Bible in Politics and Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. I also plan to read Jean-Luc Marion’s God Without Being (no, I really haven’t read it yet!) and reread Oliver O’Donovan’s The Desire of the Nations within the next couple of weeks.

At present I am hoping that I will be able to complete my Lenten blogging project. However, I am running dangerously short of posts at the moment. If you want to take part, please send me something as soon as you can.

I will conclude this post will a short list of links fron the last day or two:

***Leithart blogs a thought on turning the cheek as a form of resistance.
***Mark Goodacre blogs some assorted thoughts on the Talpiot tomb. Dr Jim Davila posts some thoughts from Dr Alexander Panayotov.
***Baudrillard is dead. AKMA links to some thoughts on Baudrillard and his work here.
***FV and their critics two sides of the same coin? I suspect that both parties in the present debate will strongly disagree with the way that they are represented here.
***David Field reflects on Galatians 3:12 and Leviticus 18:5 (here and here). I can’t say that I am convinced, but have yet to make up my mind on that passage (the use of Leviticus 18:5 in Romans 10:5 seems to make more sense to me). Tim Gallant had some interesting thoughts on this a while back (see under section 5).
***I have just lifted the following Rowan Williams quotation from Ben Myers’ blog.

Scripture and tradition require to be read in a way that brings out their strangeness, their non-obvious and non-contemporary qualities, in order that they may be read both freshly and truthfully from one generation to another. They need to be made more difficult before we can accurately grasp their simplicities…. And this ‘making difficult’, this confession that what the gospel says in Scripture and tradition does not instantly and effortlessly make sense, is perhaps one of the most fundamental tasks for theology.

Sounds quite right to me.
***Lots of Rich Lusk stuff.
***Movements towards incest. I saw this one coming quite some way off. The sort of arguments being raised against it by people in our society is perhaps one of the most depressing things of this whole matter.
***The Presbyteer observes something about the way that we all tend to read Scripture.
***Kim Riddlebarger comments on the danger of self-appointed theological experts online.
***On a not unrelated subject, Ross Leckie explains how easy it is to bluff knowledge of a book that you have never read. I suspect that many theologians are gifted practitioners of such methods when it comes to the biblical text.
***Danny Foulkes reacts to John MacArthur’s claim that every self-respecting Calvinist is a premillennialist.
***My brother Mark gives a video lesson in constructing an origami star.
***Speed Painting with Ketchup and French Fries
***Hack GoogleMaps to enable you to zoom in further.
***Calvinix tablets: highly recommended for any Arminian readers! Also, denominational Swiss Army knives [HT: Michael Spencer of BHT].

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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5 Responses to News and Links

  1. Austin Storm says:

    BAD NEWS! Prison Break is good for the first season, then rapidly descends into absurdity.

  2. Austin Storm says:

    You have been warned.

  3. Alastair,

    Thanks for getting me quite a few UK hits today! I’m curious what/why you feel that both parties in the FV debate will “strongly” disagree with. My simply thesis is that they both cannot embrace the tension that Christians are those who believe and are baptized. To separate the two is simply a false modernistic trait.

  4. Al says:

    I will list a few of the reasons:

    1. The opponents of the FV are no more homogenous than the FV itself and, in my experience, most of them do not believe that baptism means ‘next to nothing’.

    2. I really don’t believe that FV people work in terms of a natural/supernatural split. They are some of the strongest critics of such a split. I suggest that you read some of Peter Leithart’s comments on such a dichotomy (here and here, for example; just search for “supernatural” on Leithart’s blog and see what comes up).

    3. Many FV people would probably relate Baptism and faith far more closely than you do. They could suggest that you are working in terms of a modernist internal/external dichotomy in the tension that you create between Baptism and faith.

    4. There is equivocation in the sense that FV proponents and their critics use the word ‘Christian’. I am not sure that you are taking sufficient account of this fact. No FV proponent that I know of presents Baptism as sufficient to make someone a Christian in the sense that most Reformed people use the term.

    5. Many of the differences between FV proponents and their critics have to do with the question of the type of thing that Baptism is. FV proponents stress that Baptism is primarily God’s work, not ours. Your way of framing the issue operates in terms of surface contrasts that obscure the deeper differences, which are far more subtle than simple surface oppositions might suggest. The point is that FV proponents and their critics do not use the words ‘faith’, ‘Baptism’ or ‘Christian’ with the same meanings, which makes the way that you relate the positions in terms of such words problematic.

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