Theology

Tertullian

‘I Believe Because It Is Absurd’: Christianity’s First Meme by Peter Harrison. Religious belief is often thought to evince a precarious kind of commitment, in which the degree of conviction is inversely proportional to correspondence with the facts. Exhibit A […]

Evangelical

To Be or Not to Be an Evangelical by Brian Stiller. Do Christians need a term or label to identify ourselves? More.

Gnosticism

Is Dr. Jordan Peterson A Gateway Drug to Christianity, Or Just A Highbrow Joel Osteen? by Peter Burfeind. Because of his understanding of rationalism and psychological emphasis, Jordan Peterson prepares the soul more for Gnostic spirituality than Christian orthodoxy. More.

Wrong

Everything You Know About the Gospel of Paul Is Likely Wrong by David Bentley Hart. This past year, I burdened the English-speaking world with my very own translation of the New Testament – a project that I undertook at the […]

Hell-bent

Hell-bent by Kathryn Gin Lum. Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely? More.

Virgin?

Is “Virgin” the Correct Translation of Isaiah 7:14? by Daniel Hoffman. In an article well worth reading, the late Christopher Hitchens makes the common claim—somewhat in passing—that the term “virgin” as found in most English translations of Isaiah 7:14 is […]

Mystery

The Mystery of Jesus’s Brother Gets Even Weirder by Paul Ratner. Whether Jesus had any siblings is an old debate within Christianity. A number of passages within the New Testament have been stoking this speculation for almost two thousand years. […]

Legend

The Luther Legend by Marilynne Robinson. The idea that one man brought about the Protestant Reformation obscures a much longer history of dissent. More.

Nice?

Rod Dreher conducts an email interview with Ulrich Lehner, author of the new book, God Is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living for.

Beliefs?

Less Than Half of ‘Evangelical’ and ‘Born Again’ Christians Actually Have Evangelical Beliefs by Tyler O’Neil. Just how evangelical are evangelicals, really? According to a recent survey from LifeWay Research, not very. Less than half of those who self-identify as […]

Mind-Bending

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament by James Parker. David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original. More.

The Way

The Christian Way: A statement by Evangelicals and Catholics Together. See here.

Corruption

The Corruption of Biblical Studies by Joshua Berman. Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is today pursued by many in the service of secular liberal positions. More.

Reformation Day

Three Things I Want My Catholic Friends to Know about Reformation Day by Anna Mussmann. This is the time of year when my Lutheran friends share photos of Reformation choirs and Luther-themed socks on social media. Yet to my Roman […]

Hart

LARB profiles theologian David Bentley Hart.

Corruption

The Corruption of Biblical Studies by Joshua Berman. Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is today pursued by many in the service of secular liberal positions. More.

Neurology

When Neurology Becomes Theology by Robert A. Burton. A neurologist’s perspective on research into consciousness. More.

Bible

FT reviews In the Beginning was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783 by Mark A. Noll.

Roots

The Calvinist Roots of American Social Order: Calvin, Witherspoon, and Madison by Ian Speir. Witherspoon and Madison’s Calvinist theology and political philosophy imparted a firm belief that self-interest could be harnessed, ambition checked, and power balanced within government so that […]

Dancing

How I Teach Theology to Undergrads by Aristotle Papanikolaou. Being religious is not about following rules. It’s more like dancing. More.