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Latest Blog Posts for Faith and Theology

  • Sacrifice and atonement in Origen
    on Jul 5, 2016 in atonement conferences Origen
    Yesterday at the ANZATS conference in Melbourne I gave a paper on sacrifice and atonement in Origen (focusing on Origen's Homilies on Leviticus). This was an attempt to develop some of the ideas sketched out in my earlier paper on the patristic ato...
  • Doodlings Dolce far Niente
    on Jun 16, 2016 in doodlings
    A Sketch of Origen’s Theology: Principle #21: To sum up: live and learn, learn and live. See, for example, Origen’s lost text Cut and Chaste: The Pedagogy of Orchidectomical Procedures.The church is a school of character. Among totally depraved C...
  • On the strangely graced lives of Christians: a book launch talk
    on Jun 15, 2016 in book reviews
    I had the pleasure of speaking at the launch of a fine new book of essays on George Whitefield on the weekend. The volume arises from a conference held in Oxford at the tercentenary of Whitefield's birth, and is edited by Geordan Hammond and David Ce...
  • On experiencing time travel while reading the morning paper
    on Jun 11, 2016 in reading
     Ordinarily I am a slave to the alarm clock. But even slaves deserve a holiday, and it is my custom on Sunday mornings to sleep in. When Nature has gently roused me from the world of dreams, I pull up the blinds and lie in bed a while longer wit...
  • The plague of italics: its causes, history, and remedy
    on Jun 8, 2016 in writing
     For a long time I have kept silent on this topic. But the word is like fire in my bones. I cannot be silent, I must speak. Too much is at stake. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good bloggers to do nothing. My friends, there...
  • Review of Donald Norwood, Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II
    on Jun 6, 2016 in book reviews ecumenical Karl Barth
    Donald W. Norwood, Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II (Eerdmans, 2015)This is a timely book. Indeed as Donald Norward had been hatching it long before Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, it is a prophetic book. Unitatis Red...
  • A sketch of Origen's theology: 20 principles
    on Jun 2, 2016 in Origen teaching
    Well my postgraduate seminar on Origen's theology ended today. We read and discussed Exhortation to Martyrdom, On Prayer, First Principles book IV, the whole of Balthasar's anthology (Origen: Spirit and Fire), and the first half of the Commentary on...
  • Duck soup doodlings
    on May 27, 2016 in doodlings
    Dark matter makes up 80% of the universe, but where is it? American scientists now think they’ve found the answer: 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia.“Hope is the thing with feathers” (Emily Dickinson). Despair is the asshole behind the...
  • God’s Selfie: a sermon on Rublev’s icon of the Trinity
    on May 22, 2016 in icons sermons Trinity
    Icons. Nowadays “icons” are mega-celebrities of one sort or another: pop idols, movie stars, royalty: Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana – they are modern icons par excellence. In his brilliant reflection on contemporary culture,&nbs...
  • Review of Richard Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels
    on May 19, 2016 in book reviews Scripture
    A guest-review by Jeff Aernie Richard Hays’ 1989 publication Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul was—without exaggeration—a watershed moment in New Testament studies. Hays’ careful theological and exegetical analysis of the way the Scr...
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