Analytic Theology Goes Scottish

July 13th, 2017 by

The purpose of the Logos Institute is to bring together analytic philosophers, biblical scholars, and theologians. One might still ask, “Yes, but what do they do?” Other than drinking tea and playing golf at the Old Course, we try to facilitate constructive dialogue between participants of these three disciplines in order to fill perceived gaps in contemporary Christian theology.

Jesus Came to Me in a Vision; Therefore, You Should Listen to Me

July 3rd, 2017 by

Does experiencing a mystical vision of Jesus confer authority upon the recipient such that other Christians should submit to the vision’s content or subsequent assertions by its recipient? This was one of the leading questions from Dr. Christina Van Dyke’s presentation this spring titled “Love’s Authority: Medieval Women Contemplatives and the Power of Mystical Union.”

Mosser on Deification

June 20th, 2017 by

According to Dr. Carl Mosser, Professor of Theology at Gateway Seminary, the doctrine of deification is an ecumenical one, moving through the Latin Fathers, Latin Medievals, Magisterial Reformers, and the East (both pre and post schism).

All together Now: Sennett, Nagasawa, Pawl, Timpe, and Turner on the The Problem of Heavenly Freedom

June 5th, 2017 by

What would prevent a second fall from occurring after redeemed humans grace the shores of the new heavens and earth? If that question seems too dramatic, we could soften it a bit by asking what would prevent people in heaven from sinning. In this post I review Dr. J.T. Turner’s recent seminar paper responding to Kevin Timpe and Timothy Pawl’s engagement of such issues.

No Oord-inary Account of Creation

May 26th, 2017 by

So when I heard that Tom was coming to our Analytic Theology Seminar I was really looking forward to hearing what he had to say about Divine love. As I imagined it would be the case, my expectations were fulfilled; Oord presented an interesting and provocative (to say the least) lecture to our seminar.

AT as liberal theology?

May 25th, 2017 by

William Wood of the University of Oxford came to our seminar to defend, what initially seemed to me to be, an incredibly implausible thesis: that analytic theology (AT) is an instance of liberal theology.

Erin Dufault-Hunter on Sex as a Path to God

May 4th, 2017 by

Building upon Sarah Coakley’s recent work, Erin Dufault-Hunter suggested an alternative strategy in a talk she delivered at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her suggestion was to see sexual desire as a sign and an opportunity.

Tough Love Analyzed: Tom McCall on Divine Love’s Relation to Divine Discipline Within the Epistle of Hebrews

April 27th, 2017 by

We live in a society that is unsure about how love and discipline should fit together. As a result, passages like Hebrews 12:6, where God is said to “discipline those he loves,” may give readers pause. Tom McCall’s March paper titled “Tough Love” offered a conjunction of five proposals (my term not his) as one way of getting at how divine love and discipline connect.

Stump on Love and the Indwelling of the Spirit

April 24th, 2017 by

If one knows anything about Prof. Stump’s work in philosophy of religion and analytic theology, one won’t be surprised to find that her paper was constructive, creative, and very complex. She sought to explain just how and in what way the Christian might make sense of the claim that one is “indwelled” by the Holy Spirit.

Book Note: Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies

April 19th, 2017 by

it seems as though the Christocentric turn in theological anthropology has made for a truly Christological anthropology. But what does it mean to say that one is doing Christological anthropology?