Few novelists can illustrate the angst of middle-class American life with more vivid imagery than John Updike. Updike is, of course, no friend to orthodox Christianity, although he draws at times on a distinctively Barthian stream of neo-orthodox theology. Even so, Updike’s novels—especially his series of four books on the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom—lay out the problem of guilt, sin, and judgment better than many gospel tracts. A New
Most evangelicals do not know—and do not care–that the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) failed to expel a couple of open theists last week. Grassroots evangelicals do not read evangelical theology, and are not directly impacted by much that goes on in evangelical scholarship. Whatever evangelical scholars make think, these days an evangelical is not defined by whether one agrees with Millard Erickson or Stanley Grenz on the nature of divine
Perhaps the closest I will ever come to the atmosphere of the first-century Greek Areopagus is the exhibit hall of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The booths, booksellers, and academic papers peddle everything from Catholic philosophy to Hindu hermeneutics to Wicca meditations. Like the Athenians at Mars Hill, the religion scholars spend their time “in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:21).
There’s another television evangelist running for President. But this time his name’s not Pat Robertson. And he’s not a Republican. He’s Howard Dean, and he’s laying a sawdust trail all the way the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Democratic frontrunner Howard Dean might at first glance appear to be the most secular presidential candidate ever-even eclipsing the nominally Orthodox Michael Dukakis in his self-conscious non-religiosity. Dean, after all, told ABC News
This week the United States Congress debated whether or not doctors should be allowed to kill a living infant by crushing his head. At the same time, courts in Florida debated whether doctors should be allowed to starve a disabled woman to death. In these headlines, we see some legislative and judicial victories. But we should also recognize that we are looking at the real religious alternative to historic Christianity
Theologian Karl Barth is credited with the famous dictum that the preacher should approach the pulpit with “the Bible in one hand and the New York Times in the other.” If so, this Sunday’s sermon was all about gender. And the Bible and the New York Times are saying very different things. And that’s just in the “Style” section. On the front page of the “Sunday Styles,” the newspaper first
Questions & Ethics: How should local church leaders respond to a single woman who had a child through IVF?
Russell Moore discusses IVF treatment and how the church should respond to women who have had this procedure. Read the full transcript here.