Author Archives: Alastair Roberts

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.

On Thomas Achord

Thomas Achord is the headmaster of a private classical Christian school, the co-author of the 2021 book Who is My Neighbor? An Anthology in Natural Relations, and is co-host of the Ars Politica podcast with Stephen Wolfe, the author of … Continue reading

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God’s Wrath

In an article for the latest issue of First Things, I review Paul Copan’s recent book, Is God a Vindictive Bully? Reconciling Portrayals of God in the Old and New Testaments, and discuss responsible handling of narratives of divine violence … Continue reading

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The Death of the Queen and a Christian Understanding of Sovereignty

I wrote a piece for Theopolis on the subject of a Christian understanding of sovereignty, occasioned by the death of HM the Queen. For a woman in nominal possession of such vast powers, perhaps few things left strangers to the British … Continue reading

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Our Patient and Peaceable Work

The latest Theopolis Conversation was opened with Jeff Meyers’ essay, ‘Ancient Wisdom for Christian Dissidents’. Jeff’s commentary on the epistle of James, Wisdom for Dissidents: The Epistle of James Through New Eyes, was recently released by Athanasius Press and he … Continue reading

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The Church’s Book—A Theopolis Conversation with Brad East

In the latest Theopolis Conversation, I discuss Brad East’s recently published work, The Church’s Book: Theologies of Scripture in Ecclesial Context, which explores the relationship between bibliology (the doctrine of Scripture) and ecclesiology in the work of Karl Barth and … Continue reading

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Two Stories of Manhood

I review two books for The Gospel Coalition website: It’s Good To Be A Man by Michael Foster and Dominic Bnonn Tennant and The Men That We Need by Brant Hansen. Whether we’re believers reading the Scriptures for our personal … Continue reading

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Response to Douglas Farrow on Vaccine Mandates

In the latest Theopolis Conversion we are discussing how Christians should respond to vaccine mandates and other such policies. Douglas Farrow kicked off the Conversation with his essay. Mine is the first response, which you can read here. Make sure … Continue reading

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2021 Retrospective

At the end of 2021, I thought it might be good to reflect briefly upon the past year, which has been an extremely full, productive, and rewarding one for me, on several fronts. I’ll be spending January of 2022 in … Continue reading

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Trinity in Creation

I have written a piece in response to the most recent Theopolis Conversation on the subject of the Trinity in creation. By leaning into identifying the Logos with God revealed in the singularity of his act (and even declared prior … Continue reading

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Reality Beyond Ourselves

I conclude the latest Theopolis Conversation on the subject of sexual identity in this piece. While O’Donovan’s primary critique in his treatment of the task of interpretation of homosexual desire is directed against those rejecting historic Christian sexual ethics, his … Continue reading

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