Theology Round-Up –September 2012

Christology, diagnosis Atonement, stuff and the Trinity:

Gavin Ortlund looks at the Atonement in Narnia in light of his reading of ‘The Nature of the Atonement’. A neglected theory of the atonement? Russell Moore looks at how to explain the Trinity to young children. Pastor Mack talks about preserving the mystery of the Trinity.


Nick Norelli reviews Delighting in the Trinity: Why Father, case Son, and Spirit are Good News, for a second time. John Hoglund reviews Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World by Jens Zimmerman.

Books to Read:

Tony Jones offers his list of the top five books by Jurgen Moltmann. Paul Copan offers the top books on Arminianism and Molinism.  Michael Bird offers a list of books that should be read before someone starts seminary.

Conferences, Announcements, etc:

Michael Bird points us to first annual Los Angeles Theology Conference coming in January 2013. It has a great list of speakers. The theme: “Christology, Ancient and Modern: Explorations in Constructive Theology.”

Call for papers for the 7th annual Telos Conference. Theme: Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World.

Life of an Academic; Life of a Student:

Brian LePort looks at factors to consider when choosing a seminary: doctrine, faculty and academic reputation, scheduling. Denver Seminary has a new MA in Apologetics and Christian Ethics. Stephen Bedard on the role of scholarship in Christianity. Carmen talks about writing the first chapter of her dissertation. Michael Horton offers advice to his students about Christian character, virtue and how to put together a good argument in a research paper. An interview with Kelly Kapic on advice for young theologians. Brian LePort asks if internet scholarship is too hasty?


Ken Schenck continues his trek through Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. Roger Olson asks “Who is an evangelical Theologian?”

Sin, Satan and Salvation:

Can Satan be saved? RJS on Adam as the original sinner rather than the origin of sin. Greg Boyd looks at the question, “if salvation depends on our free choice, how are we saved by grace?”


Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed takes a look at Nancey Murphy and Joel Green’s non-reductive physicalism. Marc Cortez continues his reflections on the Image of God.

Theologians of Note:

Was Schleiermacher a liberal theologian? Travis McMaken spends some time looking at Theodore Beza’s Vita Calvini, in particular, what Calvin’s work week often looked like.   Richard Mouw on Abraham Kuyper. Was C.S. Lewis a Calvinist? Gerald McDermott offers his list of the greatest theologians. Speaking of theologians, have you seen the newest product from Zondervan? Theologian Trading Cards!

Gender, Sex and Women in Ministry:

Ashleigh Bailey’s on “Christian” Feminism, writes in response to Rachel Held Evan’s post on being an Accidental Feminist. Steven Holmes looks at the “slippery slope” charge that is leveled against egalitarianism. Amy Hughes offers some of her own thoughts on the topic. Jordan Barrett responds to Steve Holmes and his comments on egalitarianism. John Byron on the impact of sexual immorality on the community of the church. Jon Coutts looks at why TGC is complementarian. R.Scott Clark on why complementarianism can’t be a Gospel issue. Carl Trueman on the Gospel and complementarianism.

The theology of the family in the NT. Kent Schaeffer over at Church Relevance posted his updated top 200 list of blogs. He ended up having to post a follow-up addressing the concern of the lack of female representation. The best response came from Fred Clark over at Slacktivist who linked to a whole passel of blogs by Christian women. April DeConick asks, Is Jesus too holy for sex? Dorothy Lee considers some of the implications of the Sydney Diocese proposal for the marriage liturgy.


Beth Pyne looks at the theology of humour. Four elements of missional theology. Restoring theology as the queen of the sciences. Is the creed “no creed but the Bible” unbiblical? John Byron offers his thoughts on a theology of work based on 1 Thessalonians 4.


See previous theology round-ups here and here.