Browsing All posts tagged under »Theology«

Of a troublesome comma in the Creed

September 28, 2012


The morning office I presently use to structure the first part of my prayers invites me to recite the Apostles’ Creed each day. Famously, the Christological clauses of that Creed begin: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the […]

The Los Angeles Theology Conference

September 16, 2012


If you’ve not already heard, Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders have organised the first in what promises to be a series of conferences on Christian theology, to be held in LA, CA, 17-18th January, 2013, on the theme of ‘Christology: Ancient and Modern’. The models are avowedly the Wheaton theology conference and the Edinburgh Dogmatics […]

The bare minimum gospel?

August 26, 2012


I’ve been involved in a discussion recently, connected to the excellent Evangelical Alliance Confidence in the Gospel campaign, which raised, amongst other issues, the question ‘what is essential to a gospel presentation?’ I understood the reason the question was on the table – are their certain things that, if they are not included, make an account […]

Keep Saturday Special?

August 23, 2012


The question of Sunday trading is in the news again. Here in Scotland, there is no difference in retail law between Sunday and other days; in England and Wales, however, there has been a limitation on trading on Sunday such that ‘large’ stores are only able to open for six hours. This southern limitation was […]

Defining liberal Christianity

July 15, 2012


There are a number of reports on the Web reacting to last week’s ECUSA triennial convention – Mike Bird linked to one at BeliefNet and one at the WSJ; Several people on Twitter and FB pointed out Ross Douthat’s piece in the NY Times, which took the opportunity to give thought to the wider issue of the ‘collapse’ […]

The trouble with ‘normal’: a further note on human sexuality

July 5, 2012


I have argued before on this blog that one of the problems with contemporary ecclesial debates over human sexuality is the assumption that a Christian sexual ethic should celebrate, and enshrine, ‘normal’ sexuality. It occurs to me in reading some recent public comments from different churches that one of the problems with this is the […]

Why read theology?

May 27, 2012


I am thinking about the curriculum for a new compulsory module I have to teach entitled ‘Readings in Medieval Theology,’ and doing the usual academic thing with a new module, particularly a new module you didn’t design, of trying to work out some intentionality: why am I teaching this (beyond the fact that I have […]

Twystematics 2: Revelation

April 30, 2012


For anyone who is interested, the second locus of my tweeted systematic theology, the doctrine of revelation, is now online here.

Festblogging Paul Fiddes’s 65th birthday

April 30, 2012


With others, it’s a pleasure to mark online Paul Fiddes’s 65th birthday today, and to celebrate Paul, and his contribution to the life of the Baptist denomination, and to the academic theological scene in Britain and internationally. Paul is one of the most delightful people you could ever hope to meet, a true gentleman. He […]

My Twystematic Theology

April 7, 2012


If anyone not on Twitter is interested in my project to tweet a system of doctrine, the first locus, the definition of theology, is now posted in its entirety on the website here.