Read more "Government and Virtue Epistemology — All Along the Watchtower"
Intelligence is a necessary, but insufficient, condition of good government. A ruler may be intellectually-gifted, but if he lacks the necessary virtue his role demands, he will fail to implement policies that are beneficial to his people, and he will lose the confidence of many. Virtue epistemology, standing at the junction between ethics and the […]
Read more "Preachers and Evangelists: Then and Now — Thinking Out Loud"
Increasingly, Twitter is becoming a long-form medium. It’s not just the 140 vs. 280 character thing, but with the use of threads, writers can present rather extensive essays. Every once in awhile I find threads which I think are worthy of being preserved somewhere more permanent. The writer may have envisioned something temporary — a […]
Read more "Book review: The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth — Patrick T. Reardon"
Ken Krimstein’s 2018 graphic biography of Jewish-German-French-American philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt is titled The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth. The cover with its three cartoon-character images of Arendt as a child, as a young woman and as an older woman signals that here is a book that doesn’t take…
Read more "TODAY!!! – reflecting on Luke 4:14-21 — pastordawn"
The last time Luke 4:15-21 came up in the lectionary, we engaged in a reflection on what we know of Jesus’ first sermon…a bible study of sorts. I offer it here for those of you who are preparing to preach on this text. The Acclamation sung before the reading is “God of My Childhood” by […]
Read more "Memoirs, Divine Providence, and Historical Theology — WIT"
This past winter break I read a couple memoirs of scholars of religion and theology and I’m very struck by the similarities between them, despite working in vastly different areas and different approaches to the study of religion. Additionally, I’m very struck by the way in which both emphasize the importance of a historical understanding of religion, though neither one explicitly is arguing for my field—historical theology.
Read more "The Baptism of Jesus and The Missing Verses in the Lectionary Gospel Text — pastordawn is a Lutheran minister from Canada with great insights and reflections"
While musing on the readings for this coming Sunday, I came across these notes that I made when these readings came up – Baptism of Jesus 2010. I offer them to my preaching colleagues in the hope that we might move beyond the story as it has been read during worship so that we might […]
Read more "Framing What I Think a Christian Theologian’s Life is Characterized By — The Evangelical Calvinist"
Being a Christian theologian is a consequence of being an active participant in the triune life of God in Jesus Christ. In this post I want to explicate, by way of reflecting on the fly, what I think being a Christian theologian entails. Frame One. At a very basic level I think every Christian is […]