Theology Roundup — October 2012

Theologians of Note:
Heideggar, the Reluctant Theologian.
St. Hildegard of Bingen is being named a Doctor of the Church.
A brief biography of theologian Abraham Kuyper.


Scripture, Hermeneutics:

Roger Olson talks about why Scripture is God’s word and the hot topic of inerrancy. Mike Bird points us to a panel discussion on inerrancy that occurred at SBTS, and Peter Enns provides his analysis and evaluation of the discussion. Rachel Held Evans on what we should do when our interpretations differ. Mark Noll considers the impact of 500 years of the doctrine of Sola Scriptura.
Carmen talks about wrestling with the tough questions about the Bible, including God’s command to slaughter the Canaanites. She refers us to Chris Wright’s book “The God I Don’t Understand” as a helpful resource.

Patristics and the Early Church:
RJS looks at the Early Church Fathers’ interpretations of Genesis 1, and then she continues her look at the Patristics and how they understood Scripture, arguing that whether it’s understood allegorically or historically, the focus is always on Christ. Here’s a link to John Walton’s lecture on reading Genesis through ancient eyes. Rod looks at Clement of Alexandria’s influence on the Cappadocian Fathers. Kevin looks at Monophysite and Nestorian Theology.

Gender, Marriage, Sex etc:
Jake Meador on why C.S. Lewis was wrong about Christian marriage. Kyndall Rae Renfro writes about feminism, Christian feminism and what the “f” word means. Mary Kassian looks at complementarian sex. Pope Benedict canonized seven saints on October 21st, four of whom were women: Marianne Cope, Kateri Tekakwitha, Carmen Salles y Barangueras and Anna Schaffer. Kait Dugan talks about why she still reads what complementarians have to say about gender roles even though she disagrees with their positions, including how Barth (a complementarian) helped her become a Christian feminist.

Rachel Held Evans’ book on Biblical Womanhood was released this month. I haven’t catalogued all of the reviews (there are just too many), but here are some highlights:

Roger Olson

Brian LePort.

Canadian blogger, Ryan Robinson’s multi-post review starts here.

Ben Witherington.

Kathy Keller critiques Rachel’s hermeneutics, and Zach hunt critiques Kathy Keller’s critique.

And if you’re looking for my review, I haven’t bought the book yet. If a publisher wants to send me a free copy that would be cool.

Reviews, Books of Note, and Interviews:
Michael Patton talks with Paul Copan in the latest episode of theology unplugged.

Nick Norelli reviews Chris Tilling’s new book Paul’s Divine Christology.

Brian LePort reviews Herold Weiss’ book Creation in Scripture, and Edward Vick’s Creation: The Christian Doctrine.

Rod reviews Postcolonialism and Science Fiction by Jessica Langer.

Michael Bird points us to two books on historical theology.

New book to check out: A Puritan Theology.

Catechism, Creeds, and Christian Doctrine for the Church:
Ken Schenck is doing a series looking at the differences between the Roman Catholic Catechism and Wesleyan theology. Tim Keller talks about the desperate need for catchesis in the 21st century church, and provides an introduction to the catechism at New City Church. Roger Olson recommends some books about the creeds and confessions of the church. October 11th marked the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.

Miscellaneous:
Gavin looks at Barth’s understanding of the atonement. Brian LePort looks at Pneumatology in the Wisdom of Solomon. Michael Bird provides a pdf link to a great article, “Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline” by Michael Williams. Kurt Willems on why it’s impossible to be president of the United States and a follower of Jesus. Mike Licona and Dale Martin talk about whether or not Jesus believed he was divine.
Dan Kimball on what happens when theology gets in the way. Tim Challies defines election.

And last but not least, on October 20th, McMaster Divinity hosted the “New Voices in Canadian Evangelical Theology” Conference.