“Constitutional humanity” is a materialist stance regarding human persons. It is an anthropological position that stands counter the normal idea that people have “souls.” At the same time, it is a position striving to avoid better or worse a materialist reductionist stance. Such would teach people are only material accidents. Corcoran is a theist; overall, he is closer to “scientism” than the popular Thomas Negel a secularist who also seeks a reductionist alternative but favors telic arguments.
John Calvin’s Beliefs about the purpose and function of the Lord’s Supper as a Christian Sacrament aimed to retain mystery but avoid overstatement. While some have made him infamous for his uncompromising attitudes, in reality Calvin sought a middle-ground between the Real Presence and Memorial camps.
From ancient Greeks until today the idea of a soul has followed a complex and sometime controversial path in the Christian Church’s history. From completely non-Hebrew thought, and Arabic musings, this Greek idea has become a cornerstone of almost all Christian’s views of human nature. But for some reason, no one ask… “How did we get this idea in the first place?” Read more to find out!
In On Christian Doctrine, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, promotes his view that the biggest error possible for an exegete can make is to take a figurative sign or narrative literally; to do so, betrays that one is only thinking in a “this worldly” carnal and nonspiritual sense and for Augustine is the root of idolatry and much error. The importance of this insight in my own personal theology, and its importance to Calvin’s view of the Eucharist, Luther’s ideas, etc. have made this, in my own opinion, arguably one of the strongest critiques of “human religion,” a powerful corrective […]
Georg Hegel was a German philosopher (and Protestant seminary Grad), who lived from 1770 to 1831, and in his publication Phänomenologie des Geistes created a “master-slave” dialectic (a metephor in fancy philosopher terms). My purpose here is to explore exactly how Hegel’s dialectic image has shaped modern Christian ethical reflection, explore the relevancy of that metaphor after Nietzsche’s postmodern critique, and confirm if in all reality Hegel’s general thought is in keeping with his generations biblical thinking (His own quirks / theology aside). In fact, after some theological refining, absorbing some necessary criticisms, and refocusing Hegel through the light of Scripture, reappraising how […]
Two questions I always get when I’m asked about predestination are what limited atonement means and why I seem to dislike free-will…
Attitudes about time and eternity as they relate to God are based on older definitions of the eternal. Since the 1900’s our understanding of how the world works has slowly been completely revolutionized. I explore how to move the debate forward in the context of popular opinions on it.
I discuss Gregory Boyd’s take on Open Theism, a novel school of theology that makes some startling claims about God’s foreknowledge. But my main response to open theism is it makes God so human like… that it ignores that God once became fully human and kept his majesty too!