Katherine Sonderegger on the Task of Dogmatic Theology: “The Bible is…”

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9780310535492What is the Bible and what is its place within the task of dogmatic theology, particularly issues of method?

That was the question theologian Katherine Sonderegger engaged at the 2016 Los Angeles Theology Conference, which also forms the backbone of the resulting The Task of Dogmatics, edited by Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders.

Since 2013, Biola University, Fuller Seminary and Zondervan Academic have brought together a diverse coalition of top scholars from different schools and confessions to foster serious, collegial engagement with Scripture and tradition, retrieving the best of the Christian past in order to forge theology for the future. The 2017 conference examined dogmatic methodology theologically, with these contributors: Kevin Vanhoozer, Scott Swain, Sameer Yadav, Chris Tilling, Henri Blocher, Katherine…

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Work, Play, and Worship – An Excerpt from A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments

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“If you’re someone who enjoys a weekend, you owe it to Moses” says John Dickson in A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments. In today’s excerpt, Dickson explains the fourth commandment and reveals how a weekly day of rest was a completely unique idea in the ancient world and that it was especially designed for our benefit.


doubters-guide-ten-commandmentsIn the fourth commandment we find a little relief from the seriousness of the first three. In fact, it is all about relief, or rest from work. If you’re someone who enjoys a weekend, you owe it to Moses:

(Exodus 20:9 – 11; see also Deuteronomy 5:12 – 15)


The Sabbath day of rest is…

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How Jesus’ Murder-Is-Wrong Ethic Is Deeper than Atheists’ Ethic

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

doubters-guide-ten-commandmentsFor the past few months, my pastor has been preaching the Ten Commandments. Though the first four gave me pause, causing me to consider my singular worship of God, and the fifth one about parent honoring resurfaced vivid childhood memories, I sighed in relief at the sixth: “You shall not murder.” I could safely say I’d never murdered anyone.

Not so fast! Because as John Dickson explains in his new book A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments, “For Jesus, the command about murder is a shadow of a deeper reality in which God calls on us to revere people so much that we will refuse even to denigrate another…” (125)

Jesus’ murder-is-wrong ethic is a strong one. Even stronger than atheistic, secular notions. Because as Dickson reveals, his logic…

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Can You Be Good without God? – An Excerpt from A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments

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The Ten Commandments are perhaps one of the most well-known and vexed verses of the whole Bible. They have found their way into our art, monuments, literature and culture.

But whether you are a believer or a doubter, this book will provide more than an interesting account of the influence of the Ten Commandments over the millennia. In today’s excerpt from A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments, John Dickson demonstrates how the first commandment is actually the foundation for the way of life envisioned for all humanity.


doubters-guide-ten-commandmentsThe first commandment is a call to take God seriously.

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. (Read more