Un nou evanghelic isi sustine doctoratul in filosofie – Radu Bandol

Domnul Radu Bandol, un tinar intelectual evanghelic din Iasi, isi va sustine in curind in mod public teza de doctoral pe care a pregatit-o la Facultatea de filosofie a Universitatii Al. I. Cuza din Iasi.

TEMA: De libero arbitrio et De servo arbitrio: o analiză comparativă a liberului arbitru la Augustin şi Martin Luther

DATA: Vineri, 28 septembrie 2012, între orele 12,00-14,00

LOCUL: Universitatea “Al. Ioan Cuza” din Iaşi, Amfiteatrul II.8 Filosofie

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The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited 11 – How did ‘evangelicals’ become ‘soterians’

All I want to contend for is that the first four centuries were shaped by a gospel culture that derived directly and profoundly from the apostolic gospel tradition. But something happened that has led to the contemporary superficial perception of gospel and reduction of salvation to personal decision and has all but wiped out the gospel culture of Jesus and the apostles.

How did “evangelicals” become “soterians”? Or, when did the “gospel” become the Plan of Salvation? It began in many ways with Augustine, but its more focused beginning was in the Reformation, though it did not happen during the Reformation. We can pinpoint the documents themselves that both provide evidence for the shift that was underway and that also provide the foundation for creating a salvation culture. Those two documents, one from the Lutheran wing and one from the Calvinist/Reformed wing, are the Augsburg Confession and the Genevan Confession. Continue reading “The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited 11 – How did ‘evangelicals’ become ‘soterians’”

Which is the most FAITHFUL translation of the Bible to the original texts? – 3

Which translations do I actually use?

From principle we are moving here to personal application and preference, and thus more subjective grounds.

I am still using the Cornilescu version in my cursory reading of the Bible in Romanian, although I am aware of its many weaknesses and I am convinced we need a new translation. Personally, I would prefer a modern ecumenical translation – one that Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants would gladly use in church and in private reading, much like the TOB in French, but the rift between the three major Christian traditions in Romania is too big at this particular point in time, and growing, which makes such hope unrealistic in this generation. I have also used a little the New Romanian Translation (NTR) of the UBS, but, in spite of its obvious strengths, and some weaknesses, too, I doubt it will succeed in convincing the very conservative Romanian Evangelical constituency. Continue reading “Which is the most FAITHFUL translation of the Bible to the original texts? – 3”

Which is the most FAITHFUL translation of the Bible to the original texts? – 1

I have received this question from my virtual friend RomGabe, a Lutheran of Romanian origin, living now in Scandinavia, as a comment to a post on my blog about Southern Baptists banning the NIV 2011 from their shops (redirected from ABP). Since the issue is too important and complex to deal with in a comment, I have decided to respond with a separate blog post. Here it is.

Faithfulness to the Word? Which one?

To be fair, Gabriel, and sorry to say that, I do not share your anxiety about finding ‘the most FAITHFUL translation’ of the Bible. Let me explain.

I believe that the ‘Word of God’, in the highest sense of the word, is Jesus Christ, the son of God. Figuring him out, as much as humanly possible is the most important matter for me. Continue reading “Which is the most FAITHFUL translation of the Bible to the original texts? – 1”

Jean Calvin – 500 de ani de la nastere

Jean Calvin

Astăzi, 10 iulie, se împlinesc 500 de ani de la naşterea reformatorului francez Jean Calvin, una dintre cele mai strălucite minţi ale Reformei. Această aniersare este celebrată în cele mai diverse moduri, în toată lumea. Evenimentul va trece însă neobservat la noi, aşa cum se îmtâmplă în multe alte asemenea ocazii în ţara noastră unică

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Scot McKnight şi neoreformatii

Prietenul meu virtual Marcel Cosma mi-a semnalat două texte publicate recent de teologul biblist american Scot McKnight pe blogul său numit Jesus Creed de pe site-ul Belief Net. Scot predă studii religioase la North Park University din Chicago, unde este coleg cu bunul meu prieten Dr Bradley Nassif, cunoscut expert în dialogul teologic ortodox-evanghelic.

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