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Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 2: Thanksgiving Edition)

Compassion: Who Does Good and Why (Part 2: Thanksgiving Edition)

Who does good? God does good, because it is his nature and his way to do good. Today with appreciation to Timothy Keller from whose outstanding book Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just I compiled these references, I draw your attention to the heart of God for the poor, burdened, and vulnerable. I encourage you to reflect on these passages and give thanks to God with me for his heart of compassion. Psalm 146:7-9 Deuteronomy 10:17-18 Psalm 33:5…

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The Domestication of Transcendence by William Placher

The Domestication of Transcendence by William Placher

Book Review My friend Holopupenko urged me—no, implored me—to read William C. Placher’s book The Domestication of Transcendence: How Modern Thinking About God Went Wrong. It’s excellent. I want to give you a taste of it from Placher’s own summary starting on page 181. A basic lesson: theologians get in trouble when they think they can clearly and distinctly understand the language they use about God. In Cajetan’s and Suarez’s reinterpretations of Aquinas on analogy, in Protestant scholasticism’s restatements of…

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Real vs. Counterfeit Compassion (Part 1)

Real vs. Counterfeit Compassion (Part 1)

I am no expert on compassion. To talk about it is easy, but to know it is to practice it, and there are others who practice it far better than I. This I know, however: “compassion” that strips away humanity is no compassion at all. The Bible is a record of God’s compassion toward real people. The book of Isaiah, for example, rings with God’s call for care towards the hurting, the poor, the needy, the oppressed; for very often…

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The Child Sacrifice Question (1)

The Child Sacrifice Question (1)

One of the perennial challenges atheists bring before Christians (here, for example) is, “If you thought God was telling you to kill your child, would you do it?” When we answer “no, God would not do that,” they ask, “What about God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice Isaac in Genesis 22?” It’s not a bad question, but it’s hardly unanswerable. Let’s tear it apart some and we’ll see why. What is it about a command to sacrifice a child that…

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7 Truths That Changed the World

7 Truths That Changed the World

Book Review 7 Truths That Changed the World: Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas by Kenneth Richard Samples. It was a bold move, in a world that increasingly describes Christianity as evil and stupid, to speak of Christianity’s “dangerous ideas.” There are those who say Christianity has been not just dangerous but downright ruinous, and there’s nothing good about the way it has changed the world. Undeterred by such criticisms, Kenneth Samples presses on, telling us that dead men don’t always…

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Ten Turning Points: The Certain Return of Christ

Ten Turning Points: The Certain Return of Christ

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a matter of knowledge. The return of Christ is a matter of faith. The difference is in how we take each of them to be true. The resurrection is attested to by multiple evidences, which Christians (who have studied it) generally consider be sufficient to allow us to say, “I know it happened.” (Knowledge, by the way, does not have to mean certainty,…

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