Giving Credit to Katharina von Bora (Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation)
There are a thousand reasons to celebrate advances women have made as we contemplate Women’s History Month, but from another perspective, a picture is worth a thousand reasons. The recent setting was the White House, March 23, 2017 where Vice President Pence was leading a meeting related to health care. On the docket was the proposal to remove maternity care as a required aspect of the Republican health care bill. That no women were pictured among the thirty men at the table was telling.
In fact, to demonstrate how few women hold high positions of leadership, Elle Magazine, in their #MoreWomen campaign of 2015, photoshopped men out of significant groupings of leaders in various arenas, from politics to business. The results were startling. In a grouping of more than thirty world leaders, only three women were left.
What if we…
3 Misconceptions of One of the Most Unknown, Fruitful Theological Ideas
Arminianism, check. Lutheranism, check. Calvinism, big check. But Molinism, named after the Catholic reformer and Jesuit theologian Luis de Molina? Mostly unknown.
Yet, as Kirk MacGregor reveals in his new book Luis de Molina, “Molina’s thought is quite relevant to Christians of all theological stripes, whether Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox.” (12) In fact, middle knowledge is “one of the four principal views on divine providence and omniscience, alongside Calvinism, open theism, and simple foreknowledge.” (13)
Perhaps the reason why Molina’s theology is so unknown is because he is largely unknown. While Bainton gave us Here I Stand and Cottret Calvin: A Biography,…
Extracurricular Activities 11.01.14 — Favorite Heresies, Luther’s 95 Theses, Ross Douthat’s Catholicism
Most American evangelicals hold views condemned as heretical by some of the most important councils of the early church.
A survey released today by LifeWay Research for Ligonier Ministries “reveals a significant level of theological confusion,” said Stephen Nichols, Ligonier’s chief academic officer. Many evangelicals do not have orthodox views about either God or humans, especially on questions of salvation and the Holy Spirit, he said.
On October 31, 1517—a Saturday—a 33-year-old former monk turned theology professor at the University of Wittenberg walked over to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and nailed a paper of 95 theses to the door, hoping to spark an academic discussion, making the first order of business the proposition that all of life…
What Would Martin Luther Have Thought about PROOF?
That's the question Timothy Paul Jones asks of his new book whom he co-authored with Daniel Montgomery, called PROOF. Some are calling it a powerful new paradigm for explaining the intoxicating joy of God’s irresistible grace, as each letter refers to 5 facets of God’s grace.
He asks the question because their book is a self-conscious reformulation of the mnemonic device used in Reformed circles known as TULIP. And while Luther launched the reformation that gave rise to the beliefs undergirding TULIP, his view of how God saves people differed from the theologians in the Reformed tradition.
In an enlightening blog post at the PROOF website, Jones walks through the five points of grace…
Developments in My Field of Study — Schreiner Says Luther & Calvin Were Right About Paul
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In 2010 I had the chance to listen to one of the heavy-hitting voices in one of the most significant developments in Pauline studies, the New Perspective on Paul. That voice was Tom Schreiner, professor of NT studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and contributor to Four Views on the Apostle Paul.
Today Schreiner looks back on this development, particularly how it's grown from an obscure academic subtopic to a more mainstream one in churches.
He also shares what he consideres to be his conclusions on the matter:
One of the things I've argued for and I believe…is that the Reformers were…