Video: A Biblical Theology of the Household

The following video is an answer to a Curious Cat question, an over-ambitious attempt to answer a huge question that deserves detailed analysis off the top of my head. Continue to leave your questions in the comments on this blog, over on Curious Cat, or you can email me if you have my address.

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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7 Responses to Video: A Biblical Theology of the Household

  1. Harriet Connor says:

    Thanks for this, Alastair! It was far from rough and rambling.

    You draw together the threads of Scripture to present a compelling vision for Christian family life. I really appreciate the way you treat these important issues at a deep theological level.

    The only catch is trying to live out this vision in a fallen world! So often our family life falls far short of God’s ideal. May we continue to seek the grace, wisdom and strength of our perfect heavenly Father.

    • Yes, living this in a fallen world is exceedingly tough! Hardly any actual families will be able to achieve the biblical ideals of the household in a society such as ours. The important thing is to keep clearly in mind that we are in a fallen and imperfect world and not to let the perfect become the enemy of the good, or to advocate for piecemeal measures that exacerbate injustices and problems, rather than relieving them. Nevertheless, we should seek to put back together things that should never have been taken apart in as wise, gracious, patient, and careful a manner as we can.

  2. Hi Alastair,

    This is great thanks. The question I am left with is how do we retrieve some of what has been lost through the alienation of labour/ household and husband wife relationship?

    What practises do you think could be in place?
    If afforded the luxury how would you envision us changing our working/ home lives to facilitate flourishing more?

    Thanks Rowan

  3. p.s. What translation are you using?

  4. Joseph says:

    I appreciate these videos, Alastair!

    I searched your writing for a fuller explanation of why you’re a paedobaptist (I’m a credobaptist who’s tried to be persuaded but haven’t managed it …), and maybe just didn’t find it. If you haven’t done so before, would you be interested in adding that to your list?

    For what it’s worth, I know the history of the practice; but my main objection – part of the Anabaptist objection – is that, as you note in a Curious Cat post, the overwhelming weight of the biblical interpretation of baptism (which, granted, is not that much) links it with regeneration and union with the death and resurrection of Jesus.

    The second objection, which has great weight to me, is that if regeneration is necessary for salvation, and regeneration is a miraculous and “punctiliar” work of the Spirit (happens in a particular point in time, whether we can see it or not), then paedobaptism at best either …
    1) affirms that infants are regenerate upon baptism (Catholic position);
    2) muddies the waters by promising some form of assurance before regeneration; or
    3) is just a good-faith statement that parents will raise their children toward Christianity, which is great but doesn’t seem to merit the high language of baptism

    What are the primary arguments you’d use to support paedobaptism?

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