I read Rob Bell’s book two times about 2 years apart. My first read I looked for all the things I found easy to reject. The second read I tried to understand his questions, reservations, and point. Rob Bell’s questions and arguments are NOT new. Some can even be traced to Barth. Bell’s approach shares much with the notion of Christian Universalism. Christian Universalism has a 200-year tradition, but can find alignment prior to the 6th century. Continue reading “Rob Bell asks, “Will all people be saved, or will God not get what God wants?””
A Wideness in God’s Mercy – Clark Pinnock
Clark Pinnock in A Wideness in God’s Mercy: The Finality of Jesus Christ in a World of Religions, offers an optimistic view of salvation. Pinnock further proposes an Evangelical theology of religions with an emphasis on inclusivism that returns a story of hope. Pinnock’s compelling case for optimistic salvation has broad impact for mission and it helps us understand the breadth of God’s purpose in the world. Continue reading “Inclusivism That Returns a Story of Hope”
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
Much of the message of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” is an exhortation to die well. But the equally important message is to learn how to live well before you die. Morrie decided that he wanted his tombstone to say, “A Teacher to the Last” (Albom, Kindle Location 1421). His final project was to teach about life and death. And the lesson begins with understanding what is important. Continue reading “Learn How to Live Well Before You Die”
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism – Timothy Keller
Keller’s challenge to modern skeptics is for them to “doubt their doubts” about the existence of God. Keller responds to seven dominant rational arguments that are blockers to the secular mind believing that God exists. Keller counters objections that assert that religious belief is not only irrelevant in the age of rationality but worse that religion is the source of worldwide injustice. After addressing the “leap of doubt” that excludes God, Keller offers “reasons for faith.”
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Christian Theology: An Introduction – Alister McGrath
McGrath indicates that Christian Theology: An Introduction is a primer introducing the “core themes of the great tradition of Christian thought down the centuries, which are common to all Christian denominations and groups” (McGrath, Preface). McGrath begins with an overview of historical theology, the philosophical aspects of theology, and theological methods. McGrath then discusses leading themes of systematic theology spanning 2000 years of contributing Christian theologians (McGrath, Preface).
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From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology – Sang H. Lee
Lee uses liminality to define the positive consequence of being caught between two worlds or two cultures. Liminality is a “transitional time in which persons are freed from social-structure hierarchy” and is associated with being on the margins of society. Asian Americans are neither accepted by Asians or White America as belonging. In the case of White America, Asian Americans are marginalized because of their physical appearance and because of the systemic social and institutional racism of the dominant culture that excludes those that are different (Lee, Kindle Location 99).
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Allah: A Christian Response – Miroslav Volf
Muslim belief and practice have much in common with Christianity is the positive message about Islam that Miroslav Volf wants every Christian to hear.
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