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Science and Christianity

Science and Christianity

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Sussex Gospel Partnership on the subject of Science and Christianity. Many thanks to those there for the warm welcome. To listen in, click here.

The Pharisee, the Tax Collector, and the Self-righteous Evangelical

Once upon a time, in a church far, far away, a preacher preached on Luke 18:9-14, the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. He denounced the foolish pride of the Pharisee, who, like some people in the crowd (v. 9) "trusted in themselves, that they were righteous, and looked down on everyone else." He spoke movingly of the simple, humble faith of the Tax Collector, who, ...

A chiasm in 2 Kings 2

Peter Leithart (1-2 Kings, pp. 175-176) sketches a rough outline of the chiastic structure of 2 Kings 2. Here's a more detailed version (in green, orange and purple), with a few of the significant correspondences in bold. Notice also the embedded panel structu...

The broad tent of Reformed theology

I keep hearing people talking about "the Reformed view" on such-and-such a thing, normally to lend a (not-so-)subtle ad hominem weight to their own position. It's starting to get a little irritating. It should be perfectly obvious to anyone who's actually read anything from before 1800 that our Reformed forefathers differed considerably on a wide range of issue...

Glorious intricacy in Luke 18

The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14) displays a remarkable combined chiastic / panel construction which highlights several intriguing features of the text. To mention just a few: (1) Notice the glaring difference between the two prayers. They sit in corresponding part of the structure, but they just don't match. This is fairly obvious on a cursory rea...

Guided Reading Course 12: Original Sin (1)

Introduction In the previous session we considered the creation of man. In session 12 we move on, following the biblical logic, to consider the fall of man and the doctrine of original sin. In this and the following session, we’ll be looking at John Murray’s book The Imputation of Adam’s Sin. Murray’s book has been...
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