A Few Thoughts on Job

| January 31, 2010

This will be brief (I know, you’re amazed). Basically, the message of Job is fairly simple, but some would say not very comforting. When Job and God have their conversation at the end of the book, God’s answer to his (and the reader’s) implicit question of why the righteous have suffered is that “I don’t […]

Biblical Anthropology and the Mind-Body Debate, Part 3

| January 22, 2010

In the last post I introduced the basic positions on the mind-body debate.† Here are three good articles on the issue that I’d also recommend reading: The Dialogue Between Neuroscience and Theology, by Dr. Alan J. Gijspers (physician) Scientific Perspectives on Christian Anthropology, by Dr. Nancey Murphy (Dr. Murphy teaches at Fuller Seminary and is […]

Biblical Anthropology and the Mind-Body Debate, Part 2

| January 21, 2010

In an effort to further prod your thinking on the mind-body issue, here are some excerpts from Wayne Grudem’s theology textbook1 and the classic systematic theology by Charles Hodge.2 Let me know what you think is the best argument. Grudem: Creationism is the view that God creates a new soul for each person and sends […]

Second Follow Up on God and Haiti Post

| January 19, 2010

This is another note in response to Jonathan’s question about my God and Haiti post. There are two causes of suffering in the world:† natural disasters and human evil. The former is part of creation; the latter was not “arranged” by God, but was a consequence of God’s good decision to allow human freedom. I’ve […]

Note on the “God and Haiti” Post

| January 18, 2010

Just a note to regular readers. This piece was for the general public, so it’s light on details. I sent it out to some friends and sites for circulation. Hearkens back to our old predestination and free will discussions. Hope it does some good.