Here are, according to Roger Olson, the ‘hallmarks’ of modern liberal theology:
1) A tendency to reduce the Bible to “the Christian classic” that is “inspired” insofar as it is inspiring;
2) A tendency to reduce Christianity itself to ethics such that doctrine is an expression of collective opinion always open to revision in light of changing cultural conditions;
3) A tendency to embrace and promote individualism in spirituality and doctrine while insisting on certain controversial ethical positions as matters of justice and therefore beyond debate;Read More »
Clipul de mai sus cuprinde prima parte a prelegerii mele de joi 27 aprilie, la Universitatea Aurel Vlaicu din Arad, cu ocazia conferintei internationale dedicate Reformei.
Multumesc lui Alin Cristea pentru inregistrare.
Un anunt special pentru prietenii mei din strainatate.
Puteti comanda AICI aceasta carte in format digital
In the light of our common mission and context (chapter 1), our agreement in faith (chapter 2) and our significant opportunities for growing in partnership in mission (chapter 3), we recommend that our churches make the following Declaration.
We, the Church of Scotland and the Church of England, make the following acknowledgements and commitments, which are interrelated.Read More »
Russell Starr , CoS & Justin Welby, CoE
During the current annual Assembly of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), delegates, which included my son, Rev. Daniel Manastireanu, the first ethnically Romanian minister in the CoS, has approved the Columba Declaration, ‘that recognises their longstanding ecumenical partnership and lays the groundwork for future joint projects’ (see HERE). Of the about 850 commissioners to the assembly, 50 voted against this motion and 49 abstained (see HERE). A similar motion was approved by the C of E’s General Synod in February.
Ikon of St Columba, a gift I gave to my son, on his ordination as minister in the CoS, and
St Columba, pictured in a stained glass window at Iona Abbey, which he founded in the sixth century
‘The agreement between the Church of England and the Church of Scotland has been called the Columba Declaration, after Saint Columba [also called Columcille], an Irish abbot and missionary who was credited with spreading Christianity in Scotland. ‘ (see HERE)Read More »
Am selectat mai jos citeva fragmente dintr-un foarte interesant interviu acordat de Teodor Baconschi lui Cristian Patrasconiu pentru platforma LaPunkt. Sper ca ele va vor motiva sa citi intregul interviu, care poate fi accesat la linkul de mai sus.
Avem de-a face, desigur, cu o perspectiva conservatoare si ortodoxa, asumata in mod deschis de autor. Ceea ce nu inseamna insa ca aceasta il scuteste de anumite interpretari partizane si subiective, desigur, inevitabile in orice demers intelectual cinstit.
Enumar, in fuga, citeva dintre acestea:
- perspectiva exclusiv negativa asupra procesului de secularizare in Europa
- invinuirea exclusiva a protestantismului pentru acest ‘flagel’
- cresterea prezentei musulmane in Europa privita preponderent ca o amenintare
- atitudinea implicit critica fata de papa Francisn, pus in contract cu ‘ultimul papă conservator, Benedict al XVI-lea’
si la acestea as putea adauga si altele, dar va las s-o faceti voi insiva.
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Societatea românească e un mozaic de fracturi. Aveam, la 1900, un retard istoric de cel puțin 100 de ani față de Occident (evident, e o apreciere pur estimativă). Aproape un secol mai târziu, când a căzut comunismul, eram, iarăși, una dintre cele mai sărace țări de pe continent. Deși ne-au ajutat să ne dezvoltăm, tranziția democratică și integrarea euro-atlantică n-au făcut decât să ne așeze întru-un sistem de referință care ne-a agravat complexele de inferioritate. Pe acest fundal dislocat, regăsirea tradiției precomuniste, cu o Biserică Ortodoxă liberă, s-a făcut adesea formal și zgomotos, fără creșterea organică de care au nevoie procesele istorice firești. Am intrat în mileniul trei cu povara acestor handicapuri. Prin urmare, nu putem încă avea o atitudinea critică față de Occident: nu l-am trăit pe dinăuntru. Dacă ne socotim ca parte integrantă a lui, ne ies oricând la iveală reminiscențele comuniste și orientale. Dacă îl respingem, nu prea avem ce să punem în loc. Avem, cum s-a spus, o modernizare lipsită de modernitate. Am copiat, în loc să asimilăm. Cu alte cuvinte, în loc să spunem ce e greșit amenajat ”la ei”, ne sar în ochi propriile defecțiuni de parcurs.Read More »
From a letter to his brother written 18 February 1940: I am afraid the truth is in this, as in nearly everything else I think about at present, that the world, as it is now becoming and has partly …
Source: C. S. Lewis on Karl Barth and His Devotees | Thinking and Believing
Some harsh words written by Lewis about Barth and his followers. I quote:
‘They don’t think human reason or human conscience of any value at all: they maintain, as stoutly as Calvin, that there’s no reason why God’s dealings should appear just (let alone, merciful) to us: and they maintain the doctrine that all our righteousness is filthy rags with a fierceness and sincerity which is like a blow in the face.’
It seems to me Lewis is right on this account, which, of course, does not make Barth, with all his weaknesses, less important as a theologian.
Sub umbra Cuv. Paisie de la Neamt
Cei care ma cunosc mai bine stiu ca, desi sunt teolog, sau poate toclai de aceea 😦 , nu sunt o fiinta prea bisericoasa. Poate pentruca port cu mine prea multe rani prilejuite de fratii mei.
Asa incit, duminica trecuta am sarit peste slujba la biserica in care ma inchin de obicei si, impreuna cu un prieten – pe care nu-l voi deconspira, am participat la slujba ortodoxa savirsita la capela Seminarului ortodox din Iasi de prietenul meu Pr. Dragos Bahrim (sper sa nu-i fac vreun rau mentionind public prietenia noastra, caci in atmosfera anti-ecumanica ce domina astazi ortodoxia romaneasca, nu se stie niciodata).
Ne-am asezat mai in spate, dar parintele ne-a zarit si ne-a invitat mai in fata, in naos. Ne-am asezat, deci linga un perete, si am urmarit in continuare slujba. La un moment dat m-am uitat in spatele meu, sa vad sub ‘umbra’ (a se citi, icoana) carui sfint stau. Am vazut, si m-am bucurat. Era icoana cuviosului apisie de le Neamt, un duhovnic pe care nu am avut sansa de a-l cunoaste, dar m-am indragostit de el pentru prima data, citind cartea lui Patapievici Zbor in bataia sagetii
. Ca si H-RP, eram si eu alergic la stilul rugos si antiecumenic al unui alt dohovnic faimos din zona Neamt, Parintele Cleopa. Din pricina acestei alergii nu am fost niciodata ispitit sa urmez sfatul de a-l vizita pe Cleopa la manastria Sihastria, pe care mi l-a dat poetul Ioan Alexandru, in singura vizita pe care i-am facut-o acasa. Si nici nu-mi pare rau, caci, din ceea ce stiu despre el, nu cred ca mi-ar fi placut. Desi trebuie sa recunosc ca in vizita facuta recent la Sibiu, un alt prieten al meu, Pr. Vasile Mihoc, mi-a povestit ca cu citeva luni inainte de moartea lui Cleopa a dus la el un grup de teologi catolici si protestanti, si ca parintele i-a primit foarte bine. Cine stie? Poate i-o fi vorbit Dumnezeu in preajma mortii despre lipsa lui de iubire de fratii din alte traditii crestine. Sunt curios sa flu, cind ne vom vedea in ceruri. Asta in cazul ca voi ajunge acolo, caci in legatura cu el nu am indoieli.
Insa de faptul ca nu l-am inilnit pe Paisie, chiar imi pare rau. Asa cum regret ca n-am reusit sa-l vizitez pe Pr Staniloae, asa cum planuiam, inainte de a pleca la studii teologice la Londra, iar cind am revenit acasa in vacanta de Craciun, in decembrie 1993, el trecuse deja la cele vesnice. Pacat.
Nota: Imi spun cunoscatorii (iar eu imi vadesc inca odata ignoranta in cele ale iconografiei) ca sfintul din icoana este de fapt Paisie Velicicovschi, un monah urcainean care a trait in secolul al XVIII-lea, descris in OrthodoxWiki ca ‘ îndrumător al vieții monahale din Moldova și înnoitor al monahismului ortodox prin redescoperirea scrierilor patristice și publicarea Filocaliei. Este prăznuit la 15 noiembrie.’
In ce ma priveste, e bine si cu acesta, mai ales ca este legat de Filocalie.
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Sermon preached by Rev. Daniel Manastireanu on January 17th 2016 – in Glasgow St Paul’s Church in Provanmill. Bible passage: Mark 4:1-20
Sermon preached by Rev. Daniel Manastireanu on 13th December 2015 – in Glasgow St Paul’s Church in Provanmill. Bible passage: Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4,10-13.
This post is inspired by a series of recent posts by Scot McKnight on the nature of Anglicanism.
If we are to believe Michael P Jensen, the rector of St Mark’s Anglican Church in Sydney, Australia, and a member of the (very) reformed Gospel Coalition, but I hope we do not have to, Anglicanism is just a peculiar variation of Calvinism. No surprise there, for one of the promoters of the Sydney kind of fundamentalist/(ultra)conservative Anglicanism.
Here are the 9 points in Jensen’s article, as sumarised by Scot McKnight:
1. Since the arrival of Christianity in Britain in the 3rd century, British Christianity has had a distinct flavor and independence of spirit, and was frequently in tension with Roman Catholicism.
2. The break with Rome in the 16th century had political causes, but also saw the emergence of an evangelical theology.
3. Anglicanism is Reformed.
4. Scripture is the supreme authority in Anglicanism.
5. Justification by faith alone is at the heart of Anglican soteriology.
6. In Anglican thought, the sacraments are “effectual signs” received by faith.
7. The Anglican liturgy—best encapsulated in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer—is designed to soak the congregation in the Scriptures, and to remind them of the priority of grace in the Christian life.
8. Anglicanism is a missionary faith, and has sponsored global missions since the 18th century.
9. Global Anglicanism is more African and Asian than it is English and American.
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One day after the first Yale Center for Faith & Culture Theology of Joy consultation in Tübingen (funded by the John Templeton Foundation), Miroslav Volf engages his Doktorvater, Jürgen Moltmann, on some of the most fundamental questions of Moltmann’s work. Where does joy come from? Whence hope? Who is God?
Last Sunday – 23.11.14 | Glasgow St Paul’s.
My son’s latest sermon in his new church in Glasgow.
Last Sunday | Glasgow St Paul’s.
My son, Daniel, about his second Sunday as a minister at St Paul’s in Glasgow.
CORNELIU C. SIMUŢ.
Rebloghez aici, pentru cei care nu-l cunosc inca, CV-ul impresikonant al lui Corneliu Simut, actualul rector al Universitatii Emanuel, un fost student si apoi coleg la acea scoala.
Daca nu l-ati prins, puteti, de asemenea, citi AICI pe blogul meu un excelent interviu realizat de Otniel Veres pentru OglindaNet.
Sper sincer sa nu-i fac niciun rau prin asta. Prietenii stiu de ce. 🙂
Rev. Jonathan Fleming, Ligia Manastireanu & Rev. Daniel Manastireanu
Yesterday, Monday 27 October, our son, Daniel, (actually Rev. Daniel Manastireanu – we should speak… reverently of clergy, or… there may be consequences ) has been inducted for his new responsibility in the ‘ministry of word and sacrament’ in St. Paul’s Church within the city of Glasgow (Church of Scotland). I wish I could be there.
May his ministry be a blessing for many!
Wolfhart Pannenberg, retired from a long theology career at Munich, has died at age 85.
Pannenberg was a major twentieth-century theologian by any count, with a series of brilliant articles, important books on the topics of revelation, christology, ethics, science, anthropology, and metaphysics, and a hefty 3-volume Systematic Theology to cap off his career.
Pannenberg was a theologian of history in three senses: first, the concept of history was central for his constructive thought (more on this below), and second, he always always situated his doctrinal deliberations within the history of ideas; so although his writing was fairly clear (and English translations were always timely), his meticulous style of argumentation was too consistently demanding to attract very many readers without considerable academic training. And third, Pannenberg was a theologian of history in the further sense that he made history: his work is a monumental achievement of late twentieth-century theology. To some audiences, his Systematic Theology began to seem dated as soon as it was published, but theologians ignore it at their peril. Even where Pannenberg is judged to have taken a wrong turn, he was so thorough and explicit in his decisions that his errors are instructive. And wherever he was on the right track, those same merits make him a uniquely useful guide.
Read more HERE.
Bishop Munib Younan
As Bishop Munib Younan prepares to attend the prayer service at the Vatican with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres, he has asked that our friends and partners around the world pray for peace based on justice for both nations and peoples:
“We Christians have the power of prayer. Prayer will change us – it will not change the mind of God, which is the mind of peace – but it will change us and change the minds of our leaders. It will show our leaders that our people in both Palestine and Israel don’t want any more hatred, they don’t want any more violence, they don’t want any more separation, they don’t want any more occupation, they don’t want any more blood shed. They want to live with their children and grandchildren lives of peace with justice.
I would ask all the Lutherans in the world support us in their prayers during Sunday services that God will change the minds of our leaders and people towards peace.”Read More »
Questions and thoughts on the lectionary reading for Sunday 30th March 2014, Fourth Sunday of Lent – Psalm 23, with Rev. Jonathan Fleming – Minister at Erskine Parish Church, Rev. Daniel Manastireanu – Minister at Bishopton Parish Church and Rev. Alison McBrier – Minister at Inchinnan Parish Church. The video is recorded in Inchinnan Parish Church.
Rev. Mitri Raheb, pastor of the Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, is one of the few mainline Protestant speakers at the Christ at the Checkpoint 2014 Conference. In this brilliant presentation he outlines the history of the Church in Palestine, from the beginnings to today.
Lutherans Write the Patriarch: How the ‘German Orthodox Church’ Almost Happened – On Behalf of All.
This is a very interesting article on the unsuccessful early attempts, on the part of German Lutherans, to get closer to Orthodoxy, by engaging in theological dialogue with the Patriarch of Constantinople.
Questions and thoughts on the lectionary reading for Sunday 23rd March 2014, Third Sunday of Lent – Exodus 17:1-7, with Rev. Jonathan Fleming – Minister at Erskine Parish Church, Rev. Daniel Manastireanu – Minister at Bishopton Parish Church and Rev. Alison McBrier – Minister at Inchinnan Parish Church. The video is recorded in Inchinnan Parish Church with a Nikon D3200, 35mm lens.
Sermon preached by Rev. Daniel Manastireanu, in the All Age Gathering in The Cornerstone, the Bishopton Parish Church Centre, a Church of Scotland congregation in Renfrewshire on 16th March 2014, Second Sunday of Lent. Bible passage: Genesis 12:1-9
Sermon preached by my son, Rev. Daniel Manastireanu, in Bishopton Parish Church, a Church of Scotland congregation in Renfrewshire on 23rd February 2014, Seventh Sunday of Epiphany. Bible passage: Matthew 5:38-48
Sermon preached by my son, Rev. Daniel Manastireanu, in Bishopton Parish Church, a Church of Scotland congregation in Renfrewshire on 16th February 2014, Sixth Sunday of Epiphany. Bible passage: Matthew 5:21-37
Blessed Holy Spirit, breath of God, I thank you that you still hover and breathe over the world you made. I praise and honor you today. Fill me anew with your grace that I may discern and follow your movement this day, I pray.
Prin intermediul unui link la un articol al meu pe acest blog, am aflat ca Pr. Piciorus, posesorul blogului Teologie pentru azi, mi-a facut ‘cinstea’ de a ma firitisi cu o pretinsa ‘recenzie’ la teza mea de doctorat: Un model perihoretic al Bisericii. Eclesiologia trinitara a lui Dumitru Staniloae., publicata in 22012 de Editura Lambert, din Saarbrucken.
Voi argumenta pe scurt, mai jos, de ce cred ca nu avem de-a face cu o recenzie, in sensul academic al cuvintului, ci, in cel mai bun caz, cu o incercare ratata. In fapt, avem de-a face cu un text tezist, cu caracter polemic sectar, in nota obisnuita a parintelui. Dumnezeu sa-l ierte!
Autorul incepe halucinant, cu observatia ca doctoratul meu nu este in teologie, ci in… filosofie (PhD = Doctor of Philosophy). Domnia sa isi vadeste prin aceasta afirmatie absoluta ignoranta cu privire la terminologia academica din spatiul anglo-saxon.Read More »
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith,
let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1 – NLT)
In your infinite love for women and men,
you incarnated yourself in Christ,
and revealed your nature and your purpose to us;
In your infinite love for poor and wealthy,
you laid aside your glory
and walked among us as one of us;
In your infinite love for every race and tribe and nation,
you brought a new world into being
and taught us to live as citizens of God’s Reign;Read More »
Nelson Mandela and Springbok captain Francois Pienaar
Christian Today has published an excellent article by Michael Trimmer, on the faith of Madiba.
Warning: The fundamentalist stupidity of some of the comments following this article could make you sick. Handle with care.
I paste below some significant quotes from this tribute.
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One of Nelson Mandela’s famous quotes was also an expression of a deeply Christian idea – “until I changed myself, I could not change others”. That expression of being born again, the need for internal revival before one can lead others to their own change, was just one of many expressions of faith Nelson Mandela shared throughout his life.
Although it is almost universally agreed that he was a Christian, his exact denominational allegiances remain a source of discussion. While some have suggested that he was a Jehovah’s Witness, as his first wife, his sister, and many relatives around him identified as such, most believe he was a Methodist. He attended a Methodist church school growing up, and was baptised in a small Methodist stone church in the Eastern Cape village of Qunu.Read More »