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Auguste Lecerf on "Facts", God, and Knowledge PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 20 June 2015 14:19

It is always a joy to discover a theological gem.  It is even more fun when the more you read, the better it gets.  This is the case with one of my summer reads: Auguste Lecerf's An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics. Lecerf was a French Reformed theologian, who ended his career teaching on the Protestant Faculty in Paris.  He is of interest to me because he is working through a Christian understanding of knowledge.  He lived from 1872-1943.  He is conversant with the continental philosophical tradition, and is offering a robust Christian engagement with that world of thought.  All the more interesting, as a Frenchman he is right in the heart of the world of Descartes, et al.  Here is Lecerf on a Christian understanding "facts" (I suspect he would have enjoyed Van Til).  At the same time, he appears to have been drawn (to some degree) to the neo-Thomist revival of his era (e.g. Etienne Gilson):

"The relations which exist between facts are thus conceived as pre-existent in the divine intelligence; they are established by God.  The facts themselves are his thoughts, realized and manifested in time.  From this point of view, the evidence of reason and of the senses must be considered as a revelation of God.  'In his light', cried the psalmist, 'we shall see light.'" (An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics, 106).



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Matt Perman's "What's Best Next" PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 May 2015 08:21

 

Matt Perman has written a very good book on using your time well, the nature of work, and all sorts of things that you should think about--if you want to work, think, write, etc., in a way which flows from your Christian commitments.  Here is the Foreword and Introductory chapter.



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Dallas Willard on Poverty and Christian Spirituality PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 April 2015 12:28

I have found Dallas Willard's essay "Is Poverty Spiritual" very helpful.  Here is the essay.

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Studying Hebrew in Cambridge PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 12:12

 

From January through August 2014 my family lived in Cambridge, England.  It was an absolute joy. One of my goals was to read/study Hebrew.  I met virtually weekly with a friend at The Red Bull to do so.  My friend/Hebrew tutor recently sent me this picture of The Red Bull.  Good memories.



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Allan Carlson on the Family in the United Nations PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:26

Here is an essay/address by Allan Carlson titled: "A History of the Family in the United Nations," originally given in 2000.  The essay is here.



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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:27 )
 
Althusius on Political Order PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 April 2015 08:00


We had a fascinating discussion in my Contemporary Christian Life and Practice class the other day. Eventually the conversation moved into questions of political order.  One way of understanding where we find ourselves is to think of two major tendencies in the modern era: a radical individualist tendency and a radical collectivists tendency.  So you might have (1) those who affirm a radical individualism (where persons are fundamentally/essentially non-social beings--and where social arrangements are simply artificial and non-essential to who we are), and you might have (2) a collectivist tendency (various forms of communism or socialism), where the fundamental reality is the centralized state which controls virtually all of reality (and the individual is swallowed up by this central power).

I was trying to illustrate for students that there are older models which have been largely eclipsed in the modern era.  Models which affirm multiple smaller and overlapping (and non-totalitarian) authorities or governments.  I had in mind the work of Johannes Althusius.  For Althusius there are these numerous  and overlapping authorities or "governments," none of which are absolute.  And particularly important, the most fundamental "sovereignty" lies at the lower levels of organization.  This kind of thinking is somewhat lost today (in a sense), but it may be that only in these older models of thinking are we going to be able to find more stable and sane thinking on the nature of political order and association.  Attached is a short piece I have written on Althusius, published in the Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine.
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Last Updated ( Friday, 17 April 2015 08:08 )
 
Doug Wilson on Reforming Marriage PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 April 2015 07:38

Chapter One from Doug Wilson's Reforming Marriage.

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Bauckham on Retrieving the Past for the Sake of the Future PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 12:16

For those of us who have an interest in an older conservativism--of the Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, and Edmund Burke variety, an essay I have been reading by Richard Bauckham is fascinating.  Bauckham's essay is "Tradition in Relation to Scripture and Reason."  About p. 134 Bauckham begins to discuss the way in which a traditional Christian might draw upon the theological past (in this instance, Scripture).  The question is: how is one to draw upon the theological past/Scripture in a culture which has--in principle--left behind any sort of interest in, and adherence to, the Christian tradition (including its charter documents, Scripture).

Bauckham seeks to avoid two twin errors: (1) a "catch-up mentality in theology" (seeing how fast you can discard the past in favor of the latest fad); and (2) "mere conservative traditionalism" (essentially, living in the past).

Some of Bauckham's insights are wonderful (pp. 135 and following) . . .

"In such a context [i.e., traditional Christianity existing amidst a culture which has in principle left it behind] the place of Christianity is that of a 'productive non-contemporaneity.'  By drawing on the resources of a tradition outside the parameters of contemporary thought, it can offer alternatives which are not available from within the historically limited world of the present.  It shows up the historicity of modernity [emphasis mine]."

"If, as a tradition superseded by modernity, it must allow that modernity has rendered it questionable, no longer to be accepted simply as given, it may also, as a past tradition which can prove itself to be not simply used-up, but as productive past, render modernity questionable, not to be accepted simply as given."

"The dismissal and suppression of questions of transcendent meaning--by Enlightenment rationality and its 'postmodern' succesors alike--can be rendered questionable not simply by listening to a tradition of attempted 'answers' to such questions, but discovering, first by observation and then by experience, how the appropriation of such a tradition enhances human life and opens up prospects for meaningful living beyond the increasingly closed options of modernity."

Finally: "The point to be maintained is that 'producitve non-contemporaneity' [i.e., Christianity's situation vis-a-vis contemporary secular culture] is not backward-looking.  Its resort to the tradition is not in order to reproduce the past, but to find future in the past, the possibilities which have been left behind but can be taken up in a creative way.  Not that the tradition is merely to be plundered for what, judged from the standpoint of modernity, seems useful.  It must be listened to attentively in its deepest dissent from modernity for precisely that may be its relevance."

Henri Blocher once called this essay the finest he had read on the question at hand.  Now I see why.



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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:25 )
 
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