Bishop Kallistos – Postmodern Issues Facing the Orthodox Christian

This is an absolutely radical approach by an Orthodox metropolitan of many contemporary challenges to the Christian faith. I do not think there are many theologians in the East who dare to speak so openly about these matters.

See below a summary transcript of this: Continue reading “Bishop Kallistos – Postmodern Issues Facing the Orthodox Christian”

NT Wright – Surprised by Scripture

NT Wright - Surprised by Scripture

I have just found out  from my friend Manu Rusu about an interview by Brendan Robertson on NT Wright’s latest book, to be going on sale on 3 June: Surprised by Scripture. Engaging Contemporary Issues.

Here is the beginning of it:

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BR: The first question that we are all wondering is how in the world do you have time and the mental capacity to write so much? You just finished your huge books on Paul and less than a year later, here is another book. How do you do it?

NT: Silly question! I have been lecturing and teaching for many years. As you’ll see in the book, this is a collection of articles and lectures that I have done over quite a long period….

BR: In your new book – Surprised by Scripture – you tackle a number of very controversial topics for evangelicals and Christian in general. One major topic you address is the ordination of women. As far as I know, this is the first major publication that you’ve released that deals with this issue. Why did you feel the need to write about this issue now and why is this issue so important? Continue reading “NT Wright – Surprised by Scripture”

Carson Clark on Women Ordination

woman priest

My virtual friends Carson Clark is tackling again a touchy issue, even for Anglicans: women ordination.

I will begin by pasting here the comment I have left on his blog:

Clark, I agree fully with your first nine points, but, still disagree with you conclusion (the 10th). I hope we are still friends. 🙂

Here are his arguments:

  1. As one in favor of gender equality, I’m an openly espousing feminist yet am simultaneously and equally committed to not being a misandrist.22.H/T to Ellen Filgo for teaching me the term misandry. It’s a much better, more civil, and less inflammatory term than my previous Rush Limbaugh-inspired “FemiNazi.”
  2. It seems abundantly clear there’s a New Testament tension between ecclesiastical unity and doctrinity “purity,” for lack of a better word.33.That has been tragically neglected since the Protestant Reformation.
  3. In my own theological outlook I draw a strong line between historic orthodoxy and adiaphora; that is, between essential and important but ultimately secondary doctrine.44.Examples of historic orthodoxy: Creation and fall, Christ’s bodily resurrection, and the Trinity. Examples of adiaphora: Views of God’s sovereignty, modes of baptism, and the continuing role of the so-called “sign gifts.” Continue reading “Carson Clark on Women Ordination”