Month: July 2009

Faith Ethics

Sometime near the year 220 the church father Tertullian asked a provocative question: “What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the Church? What between heretics and Christians?”  That question touches a tension I felt in my career as a college and graduate school educator. I found …

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Why forgiveness?

The speaker enthused, “It’s great to know that no matter what we do, we’ve been forgiven!”  “Yes,” I thought, “but isn’t something missing here?”  My thoughts turned to historical antecedents: first to a hot debate of a couple of decades ago over the difference between some Christians who promoted Christ’s “lordship” versus those who favored …

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