Category: Revelation

Metaphysics and an ‘Evangelical’ Ethic

From Oliver O’Donovan (broken up to aid understanding for internet-conditioned readers….like me): Any attempt to think about morality must make a decision early in its course, overt or covert, about these forms of order which we seem to discern in...

/ August 30, 2010

The Possibility of a Calvinist Natural Law Theory

One of the ongoing debates in Reformed scholarship is what, if any, role natural law theory played in John Calvin’s thought.   The question has lots of implications, not least of which are our understandings of apologetics and politics.  Whether...

/ December 9, 2009

The God Who we Know is the God who is For Us

According to John Calvin, the knowledge of God “is that by which we not only conceive that there is a God but also grasp what befits us and is proper to his glory, in fine, what is to our advantage...

/ January 21, 2009

Uneasy Bedfellows?: Natural Law and Protestant Theology

If there is one idea that comes up in every lecture at Acton University, it is a particular view of the human person mentioned in shorthand as “Christian anthropology.”  This view of the human being as a person made in...

/ June 13, 2008

The Sword and the Shaving Brush – an Overview

I. The Sword and the Shaving Brush II. A Brief History of Clothing III. The Three Aesthetic Problems IV. Relativism, Immodesty, Evanglism V. Solving the Three Aesthetic Problems VI. Towards an Incarnational Aesthetic VII. Nature and the Aim of Fiction...

/ March 29, 2008

A Brief History of Clothing

The Sword and the Shaving Brush Towards a Biblical understanding of fashion By Timothy Bartel Part II – A Brief History of Clothing The wool dress I saw at Biola began to work on my mind. The idea of such...

/ February 27, 2008

Identity and Religious Pluralism: A Reply to an Email

I recently received the following email from a friend. I thought I would post my reply here. Read it below the fold. Do you think that Muslims and Christians worship the same God (i.e. is Allah of Qur’an the same...

/ October 13, 2006

A Brief Return to Transcendence

I’ve been mostly busy working on other projects this week, so I haven’t done much blogging, but I wanted to point out this comment from Jim: You could show that there is a rationality inherent in the universe, and yet...

/ October 6, 2006

Rationalizing the Transcendent

The discussion on the rationality of a transcendent being continues unabated over at PseudoPolymath. Mark and Jim continue to wrangle over whether it is possible or necessary to determine whether God is rational. The discussion has sidelined into issues of...

/ September 26, 2006

Paleo…sophist?

My brother decided to take on the Pope’s recent speech by arguing–if it can be called that–that Christianity suffers (or almost suffers?) from the irrationality of Islam. Unfortunately, the ironies my brother points out seem grounded misunderstandings of the nature...

/ September 22, 2006